Florida Lottery warns against MEGA MILLIONS scam

Posted at 2:36 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 19:35:16-04

The Florida Lottery is warning against a scam that could compromise your personal and financial information.

The Lotto says scammers are sending emails to the public saying they may have won $1 million through the MEGA MILLIONS drawing in an effort to get your personal and financial information.

The lottery advises that you do not respond to the emails, and that if you haven't purchased a MEGA MILLIONS ticket, you cannot win a prize.

According to the lottery, the email features the MEGA MILLIONS logo and says the recipient was among a group of randomly selected people to participate in an ongoing MEGA MILLIONS drawing. Individuals are asked to provide general information about themselves in order to participate. The email goes on to warn the recipient not to share this information with other people in order to avoid impersonation and a double claim. 

Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for MEGA MILLIONS or any other Florida Lottery game. For more information and to find other tips to protect yourself, click here. To report a lottery scam, consumers should contact the Florida Lottery’s Division of Security at (850) 487-7730.