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Mega Millions scam in South Dakota

The South Dakota Lottery is urging all lottery players to look out for a Mega Millions scam that is attempting to collect personal information. Someone claiming to be from the South Dakota Lottery is contacting recent winners of lotto and scratch-off games saying they are eligible for a second chance Mega Millions drawing. The person calling asks the players for their personal information including their address and in some cases credit card information. The caller states the person has received $5 million. The South Dakota Lottery Director, Norm Lingle, urges all residents to ignore these calls. The South Dakota Lottery does not enter anyone into drawings, promotions, or games without their knowledge. In the case of winners, the South Dakota Lottery will never ask anyone for any personal information over the phone and anyone who receives a prize valued over $100 needs to claim their prize at lottery headquarters. The South Dakota Lottery will not deliver prizes. If anyone is contacted by the Mega Millions scam by phone or email, contact local law enforcement. The South Dakota Lottery also asks players to contact Consumer Protection unit of the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-300-1986 if they are contacted by the scammer. Lingle also offers players to contact one of the 3 validation center to ensure that the call is legitimate. These centers are: Pierre (605-773-5770), Rapid City (605-394-5106) and Sioux Falls (605-367-5840). The south Dakota Lottery wants to make sure that all of its players are safe and protected. The lottery will never ask for personal information on phone or email. For more information on the current Mega Millions scam, or the South Dakota Lottery, check out their...

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Second Chance Scam Identified in South Dakota

July 22, 2013 – South Dakota Lottery officials are warning players about a scam being carried out under the South Dakota Lottery’s name. Several players have reported being contacted by an individual claiming to represent the South Dakota Lottery, telling them that their winning lottery tickets had made them eligible for a special second chance Mega Millions drawing, and they’d won. The scammer informed all of the individuals contacted that they’d won a $5 million prize on the “special” drawing, which would be delivered to them in person by Lottery representatives. One individual who reported the call to the Lottery said the alleged representative told them they’d need to purchase a Green Dot prepaid card in order to claim their prize. South Dakota Lottery director Norm Lingle urged anyone contacted to notify the police (non-emergency), as well as the Consumer Protection unit of the South Dakota Attorney General’s office. Lingle also reminded players that any prize of more than $100 has to be claimed by the winner, in-person, at one of the Lottery’s offices.  All second-chance or promotional drawings are voluntary. “The Lottery never enters someone into a drawing, promotion for an added bonus or prize, or for any other reason without that person’s knowledge,” Lingle...

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Get Bejeweled with the South Dakota Lottery

The South Dakota Lottery is giving you the chance to enjoy the game of Bejeweled with ways to win real prizes. The South Dakota Lottery has a new scratch-off themed after one of the most popular games: Bejeweled. he $3 scratch-off features a top prize of $30,000. There are a total of 11 ways to win prizes ranging from $3 to $30,000 on this jewel of a game. The chances to win any prize are 1 in 4, and there are only 3 top prize tickets. The South Dakota Lottery is giving more ways to win. If you “Like” the south Dakota Lottery Facebook page, you can enter your favorite jewel for a chance to win. To enter, just go to the Bejeweled Contest Page on the South Dakota Facebook. Then, vote on your favorite gem for a chance to get Bejeweled in real life. One Lucky winner will receive a pendant with the gem of their choice. So play Bejeweled with the South Dakota Lottery and enter for a chance to get jeweled on their Facebook page. And don’t forget to download the free LotteryHUB app for access to all things...

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South Dakota co-workers claim $10,000

A group of 14 co-workers from Rapid City, South Dakota won $10,000 from the May 22 Powerball drawing. The group, who call themselves the Auto Auction 14, work at Black Hills Auto Auction off of Highway 44 in Rapid City, SD. The winners include the owner of Black Hills Auto Auction, and 13 of their now richer employees. The group purchased their ticket from a Fresh Start down the street from their office on East Highway 44. The Fresh Start store will receive $1,000 for selling the winning ticket. The group is excited to share their prize and continue to spread their South Dakota Auto Auction 14 good...

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South Dakota Set to Revamp Video Lotteries

May 21, 2013 – The South Dakota Lottery announced yesterday that it would be hiring a Nevada-based firm, Union Gaming Analytics, to consult on the Lottery’s update for Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs). Union Gaming Analytics won the contract over New Jersey’s Spectrum Gaming.  South Dakota Lottery director Norm Lingle told Prairie Business that the “price difference was substantial enough that the choice was obvious.” The primary goal of South Dakota’s video lottery update is to offer new incentives for businesses to invest in the terminals, and to recast the public perception of the gaming systems, according to the Prairie Business report. VLTs debuted in South Dakota in 1989, and the coming update may also pioneer a new regulatory system for the games. In the past, a central computer contacted each VLT over telephone lines to check for non-responsive terminals and collect daily game reports. But since March, Scientific Games of New York has been testing a new system in South Dakota which uses digital subscriber lines (DSLs) instead of telephone lines. The DSL communication between terminals and the central computer would shrink telephone bills on both ends of the system, and hopefully improve the gaming experience by allowing Lottery officials to address problems more quickly. Rather than collecting daily reports and checking for maintenance needs overnight, the Lottery’s central computer will be able to check in with each terminal every minute. As for the gaming experience, DSLs would allow the South Dakota lottery to offer video lottery players rewards clubs and progressive jackpots by linking terminals over the...

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