Lottery Reminds Players Not to Fall for Mail Scams

The Missouri Lottery is reminding players not to fall for a recent national mail scam. In August, the Missouri Lottery received several letters from people, some in other states, wishing to claim prizes through fraudulent organizations. These people received letters from organizations purporting to be ?NATIONAL PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE? and ?MEGA MILLION CLEARING HOUSE,? which lists the Missouri Lottery?s headquarters address as their own.

The letters claim that recipients were drawn as winners in the ?Summer 2015 Promotional,? and include a cashier?s check that is to be used to pay insurance and processing fees to the ?the clearing house,? a process, which the letter says, is required by law.

?Unfortunately, this type of scam is one of the most common,? said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. ?These schemes prey on innocent people claiming that they?ve won thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars and carry absolutely no validity.?

Reardon said that the Missouri Lottery never requires players to provide money in order to claim a prize. Furthermore, when people play Missouri Lottery Scratchers and Draw Games, Lottery employees have no way of knowing the identity of winners until they claim a prize at a Missouri Lottery retail location or at a Missouri Lottery office.

?We want our players to be wary of any ?prize? that seems too good to be true. When in doubt, players should call the Lottery,? Reardon concluded.

The Missouri Lottery security section urges anyone who receives mailings, such as the one discussed above, to contact the Attorney General?s Fraud Hotline (800-392-8222) or the Missouri Lottery (573-751-4050).

A Missouri Lottery-produced scams brochure titled, ?Don?t Get Scammed!? can be found at playcenters at all Lottery retail locations throughout Missouri. The brochure includes key security facts about the Missouri Lottery, a list of common types of scams, ways for players to find out if they have won a prize and contact information. Additional security information can be found at under the ?About Us? section.