PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota Lottery officials are urging players that a scam is circulating that promises them cash prizes-if the player offers personal information. The South Dakota Lottery says it was notified that one player had received an e-mail from someone who claimed to be with the “Powerball Company” who advised the person to provide personal information including Facebook and e-mail account passwords so they could then receive their $50,000 prize. The person also said that a “claim fee” had to be paid before the money could be collected. Norm Lingle, Lottery executive director, says that the lottery never makes such demands. Lingle says in a press release that the lottery doesn’t ask a winner to pay money upfront to claim a prize and does not request personal information. He says e-mails or Facebook messages that make such requests are scams. Lottery prizes of $101 or more must be claimed at a Lottery office in Pierre, Rapid City or Sioux Falls through the use of an official prize claim form. The Lottery website contains information on how to avoid such scams at http://lottery.sd.gov/responsibly/scams/.
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