We can’t say this enough: Don’t fall for lottery scams!
We’ve received several inquiries this week from players asking if an email stating they won some Mega Millions prize money is legitimate. Guess what? These emails are fake, and are most likely a scam. Don’t fall for it!
Remember, in order to win a lottery prize you must first purchase a ticket from a licensed retail location in Iowa – you can’t win if you don’t play! And secondly, the lottery won’t contact you if you win a Mega Millions prize (or any other prize from a winning lottery ticket). It’s your responsibility as a player to sign your winning ticket and present it to a lottery retailer or lottery office to claim your prize.
The only time the Iowa Lottery will contact you is if you win a prize in one of our promotional drawings, like the first 30 Somethings drawings we conducted Thursday.
The best thing that any of us can do is to remain vigilant against scams and NEVER share our personally identifying information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information.
If you’re ever in doubt about information that supposedly came from a legitimate lottery, feel free to call us at 515.725.7900 and ask to speak with someone in our Security Division. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!