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Beware Of Fraudulent Prize Letters

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 From The Tn Lottery website.......Can you believe some people would think they have to PAY FEES for something they won!!!!! Sad Sad WorldDisapprove

NASHVILLE—Tennesseans are asked to beware of letters suggesting they have won a prize in the popular lottery game Powerball. Several Tennessee residents have reported receiving such letters, which also include a request for the recipient to use an enclosed check to pay fees to claim their winnings.
The Tennessee Lottery never requires fees to claim a prize and asks that anyone who receives such a letter report it by calling Tennessee Lottery Security, 615-324-6688. You may also report fraud by visiting Once at that webpage, go to the bottom of the page and click on “Postal Inspectors.” Next, click on "Investigations," then select “Mail Fraud.”
Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1 billion to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit

time*treat's avatar - radar

Someone who knows they didn't play Powerball would also know that there is no way they could have won a prize and would not try to cash the check. But then this particular scam is less effective on honest people.

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In response to time*treat

I Agree!   Oh soooo true........

justxploring's avatar - villiarna

We've gotten the same type of warnings in FL.  It's always best to check your tickets and your numbers on Lottery Post first! 

Time*treat, what makes you think the people who fall for scams are dishonest? Someone who plays might get confused and fall for a scam.

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You know, when you drop little phrases out of the statement, it materially changes the meaning. I haven't decided yet if you do this on purpose. I specifically said people who didn't play, and I said "less effective".

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If someone asks you if an e-mail or letter is real, just tell them to go to

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On a side note, there are fees. Its called Uncle Sam. He is always 1/3 partner for winners. I'd like to see his claim form though. And if he is a silent partner I want to claim him on my tax exemption form and send him a 1099 for looting from my overall winnings!

(this message is for humor only, not to be confused with those that take the games and rules seriously) 

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In response to Todd

Thanks for this information, I didn't know about that site.  When I got an email from NC lottery telling me that I had won a Carolina Hurricanes prize pack, I called the NC lottery and found out that it was a valid email.  It came from a NC lottery survey I filled out on the Pick 3.  The merchandise arrived in 3 weeks, I didn't have to pay a shipping fee (The gaming company did that) and let me say that it is quality merchandise that I would have spent hundreds of dollars for if brought separately.

konane's avatar - wallace
In response to Kidzmom

Congratulations on your prize pack!  And no on a legitimate win from a reputable sponsor you do not have to pay for shipping or any other fee, other than being responsible for taxes on it.

Excerpt from the Direct Marketers Association website. 

"........More on Sweepstakes:

    * A "sweepstakes" is a game of chance one plays voluntarily and for which one is not required to pay anything to enter in order to win a prize.
    * Sweepstakes mailings must disclose:

         1. That a purchase is not necessary to enter, and will not improve the chances of winning. These disclosures must appear in the mailing, in the rules and on the entry form and be very easy to find, read and understand;
         2. A name and business address where the sponsor can be contacted;
         3. The estimated odds of winning each prize. If the odds depend upon the number of entries, the stated odds should be based on an estimate of the number of entries;
         4. The quantity, estimated retail value and nature of every prize;
         5. A clear statement of the payment schedule of any prize. For example, if a $1 million prize is to be awarded in equal payments over 20 years, the disclosure should indicate that the $1 million shall be paid in equal amounts of $50,000 per year for 20 years starting in 2000.

          o Mailings are prohibited that:
               1. Say or suggest that if a person doesn't buy a product or service he or she may not receive future sweepstakes mailings;
               2. Require that an entry be accompanied by an order or payment for something previously ordered;
               3. Say that an individual has won a prize when, in fact, that individual hasn't won. (Sponsors of sweepstakes should not confuse premiums, which are given to all entrants, with prizes, which are won by only some entrants. Premiums should not be held out as prizes.)
               4. Say anything to contradict or limit the rules of the sweepstakes or disclosures required by this law.  ............."

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