Don't be fooled by fraudulent telemarketing schemes that promise "low-risk" chances in supposed high-stakes sweepstakes or lotteries. Every day, Americans are lured into buying illegal lottery tickets. Not only do victims risk losing their money, they also violate federal law. Buying or selling foreign lottery tickets is illegal in the United States. Federal law prohibits the purchasing of any ticket, share or chance in a foreign or unauthorized lottery.
Fraudulent telemarketing schemes within the United States and abroad persuade people to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on illegal lotteries and sweepstakes. These telemarketers ensure customers that they have good chances of winning or they have already won but need to send a "processing fee'' or divulge confidential information (i.e., credit card number, Social Security number) in order to receive their prize. Authorized lotteries do not require winners to pay a processing fee prior to receiving their prize or cash payments, regardless of the amount won.
Winners of Missouri Lottery prizes will NEVER be required to send money or to give personal information by phone, email or social media in order to claim their winnings.
There are a few instances that the Missouri Lottery may require the submission of personal information, which is NEVER sold, traded or otherwise distributed to third parties. These instances include:
- Supplying a Social Security number on a Lottery-provided claim form for prizes over $600. This information is never collected over the phone or by email.
- Verifying a winner's phone number and shipping address for prize redemption if the winner has entered promotions at MOLottery.com or one of the Lottery's social media contests and is selected as a prize winner.