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 said.