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 website.