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Lottery Security

  1. NEVER believe a letter, phone call or Internet message from someone who claims they can guarantee you a prize. Legitimate lotteries do not guarantee that you will win a prize and do not require people to send in money to play.
  2. NEVER agree to send money to anyone claiming to be a legitimate lottery representative. The Mississippi Lottery will NEVER ask you to send money in exchange for a prize. Mega Millions and Powerball representatives will also never ask you to send money for a prize.
  3. NEVER pay processing fees, insurance or commissions to claim a lottery prize. Legitimate lotteries do not require winners to pay anything up front to receive a prize. In Mississippi, taxes are automatically taken out of all Lottery prizes of $600 or more.
  4. NEVER accept a collect telephone call from someone claiming to be a lottery official! Legitimate lotteries do not call collect.
  5. NEVER purchase tickets from foreign lotteries by phone, mail or the Internet. The sale and trafficking in foreign lottery tickets is a violation of federal criminal law.
  6. NEVER agree to help a stranger cash a lottery ticket. If you are approached by a stranger asking for help cashing a ticket, please contact Mississippi Lottery Security. You should also contact your local law enforcement or police department.
  7. NEVER put up with threatening phone calls or letters of any kind. Even one is too much. If you are receiving numerous or continuous threatening messages of any kind, contact your local police department immediately.
  8. ALWAYS keep your credit card and bank account numbers to yourself. Scam artists will often ask for them with the goal of accessing your accounts and stealing your money.