The Michigan Lottery is now warning people of potential lottery scams. The lottery scams in question tell people that they’ve won a big prize, but say that you must first pay a fee.
Other lottery scams not only request a fee, but they ask for sensitive personal information as well in order for the “winner” to receive their prize.
Lottery Prize Scams Are Common During Times of Uncertainty
Lottery officials say that this type of scam is common during times of uncertainty, and want people to be aware so that they can avoid being scammed.
One thing lottery officials want to remind people of is the fact that the lottery processes all prize claims for free. The winner must also have a valid winning ticket in order to claim a prize.
In other words, if you haven’t purchased a ticket, you cannot win a prize. If someone asks you for a fee in order to claim a winning ticket, you can be assured that it is a scam.
If you have any questions about whether a lottery prize is legitimate, you can contact the Lottery’s Public Relations office at 844-887-6636, option 2.
Victims of lottery scams can contact their local law enforcement agency for help.
Lottery Tickets Are a Gamble for Everyone’s Health
Some store employees are getting worried that having lottery tickets still available for sale may pose a risk to everyone’s health.
Jessica Rambadt, a clerk at Jack’s Market in Lehigh Acres, says “They’re still coming in for their daily numbers. They’re coming in for scratch-offs. It hasn’t slowed down at all.”
While she stands behind plexiglass and wears a mask, she is still worried about having to still closely interact with people who play the lottery.
“They’ve been touching everything else, they’re touching the money, and they’re giving it to us. It’s cross-contamination,” said Rambadt.
“Don’t take the risk of coming out just to play lotto,” she said.
A.J. Aboujaoude, the owner of Jack’s Market, said that the store initially considered suspending all lottery ticket sales. “It puts a lot of pressure on the customer line and distance,” said Aboujaoude. “If it gets out of hand, I’ll shut it down.”
He did implement safety measures in the store to help keep both the staff and customers safe from COVID-19 in the meantime.
“I understand their perspective. They want to make money in desperate times,” he said. “In my opinion, it’s not an essential item.”
While many Americans worry about health concerns, such as managing afib during these tough times, others are just trying to get by.