Lottery Winners

Danger: Scam Alert

Beware of Scams

The Minnesota Lottery has received numerous reports of lottery scams in Minnesota. These scammers often pretend to be an employee of a lottery or lottery association and often use the logo of a real lottery or game (such as Powerball®, Mega Millions® or Hot Lotto®).

We urge you to be aware of the following information to avoid becoming the victim of a scam artist:

  • DO NOT SEND MONEY! This includes cashier’s checks, money orders, any type of prepaid card (i.e., Visa® gift card, Green Dot MoneyPak purchased at a store) or any other type of payment.
  • We will never call you or send an email or letter unless you entered a non-winning ticket or other drawing on the Lottery’s website. For your protection, do not respond to any other inquiries stating you won a lottery prize.
  • Do not give out any personal information. This includes your phone number, address, mother’s maiden name, bank information, credit card numbers, Social Security number, PIN numbers or any other personal information.

For more information about scams, or to file a complaint, contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at (877) FTC-HELP or www.ftc.gov/crossborder; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at (651) 293-3200 or www.usps.com/postal inspectors; the Minnesota Attorney General at (651) 296-3353, (800) 657-3787, or www.ag.state.mn..us; or your local law enforcement agency.