Beware: N.C. lottery scammers running loose

The North geographic area Education Lottery alerted players weekday a few scam targeting recent lottery winners.

Some recent lottery winners reportable being contacted by callers World Health Organization aforementioned they were from the N.C. Education Lottery. The callers told players they'd won extra prizes, later asking players to shop for paid debit cards and supplythe numbers to them before getting these prizes.

$5.7 million in lottery tickets were sold across the state weekdayin keeping with NCEL.

Executive Director Alice Garland aforementioned no legitimate lottery asks winners World Health Organization win a prize to pay cash up front to receive it.

“Lottery scams, sadlyarea unit only too common, however they'll simply be avoided by following a number of commonsensetips,” Garland same. ”We have client service representatives and security officers WHO area unit here to assist lottery players with any queries they need regarding our games. Once you purchase your lottery price ticket, no further cash is needed from you to say a prize that you just win.”

N.C. professional person General Roy Cooper urged customers to use caution and same his workplace is on the market to supplyhelp.

“Anyone UN agency guarantees you’ve won a prize however demands cash before you'll claim it's making an attempt to tearyou off,” Cooper aforesaid. “Don’t take the bait, and report lottery and different prize scams to my workplace.”

Players UN agency win up to $599 will claim their prizes at lottery retailers once the winning price tag is valid. Players UN agencywin prizes of $600 or additional should claim their prizes at one in every of North Carolina’s regional claims centers. those thatwin a prize valued at $100,000 or additional should claim their prize at the NCEL headquarters in Raleigh.

Players UN agency have questions about NCEL games will decision the N.C. Education Lottery’s client baseline toll free at (877) 962-7529, and people with a security issue will decision the safety Hotline fee at (888) 732-6235.