We’ve heard of them before: email scams, phone scams, and social media scams. No matter what it involves, someone out there will always be trying to swindle folks, including those that play the lottery.
Recently, we have had a few reports of scammers presenting themselves as the N.C. Education Lottery in emails, telephone calls, or letters. We also have had a few reports of people trying to steal another player’s winnings after they posted a picture of the winning ticket online.
While you can’t stop someone from committing fraud, you can lessen the likelihood of falling victim to it. Here’s how:
- Sign your ticket: Win a prize? Heck yeah! The first thing you should do is sign that ticket. Whoever signs it, owns it.
- Claim your prize before you post online: We love when you share your winning experiences with us on social media. But if you do choose to share your win with others, please claim your prize and enter your ticket into Lucke-Rewards first. And remember, never share a picture of a winning ticket that includes the ticket’s barcode or other specific ticket number information.
- Verify a win: You will never get an email from us notifying you won a prize, unless you are part of our Players Club or have an Online Play account. If you do receive an email from us, you are always welcome to call us to confirm.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you ever have an instinct something could be wrong, please report it by calling our customer service team at 877-962-7529 or our security hotline at 888-732-6235.
Thanks for reading, folks! Now back to your regularly scheduled programming of thrill and excitement.
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