Avoid Lottery Scams

    You should be careful about potential scammers who may send false announcements regarding lottery prizes. As part of the scam, an individual is contacted by phone, email, text message, or a letter from a scammer who is claiming that the recipient has won a prize with the Oregon Lottery. This is a fraudulent claim and there is no such prize. Never respond to these communications and never provide information or send money to a scammer.

    WARNING SIGNS OF A SCAM

    The Oregon Lottery does NOT know who the winners are until they come forward with a winning ticket. The Lottery does not notify YOU, you notify the Lottery. The Oregon Lottery NEVER requires the payment of any money in order to claim a prize. No one should ever send any money to pay a ‘processing fee’ or any other requested fee in order to claim a prize.

    Never deposit any check sent to you that is accompanied by a request that you send or wire money to cover processing or claiming fees. The check that you’ve received is fraudulent and will bounce.

    Never provide any personal or financial information to a scammer, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.

    If you suspect a scam, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or at the FTC Consumer Information website. You should also contact the Oregon Lottery Customer Service Line at 800-766-6789.