MN Lottery Scam Warning Issued 11 Jul 14

State Lottery officials are warning Minnesotans about a scam that is targeting previous winners. The scammer contacts the player and tells them to call a number where an alleged lottery representative says they’ve won five-million dollars. State Lottery Director Ed Van Petten says the catch is you have to send a sum of money in the form of a gift card to claim the prize. He says people need to know that they will never ever have to pay any money up front in order to claim a lottery prize.  Van Petten says they’ve had a number of victims who’ve sent money and then of course — get nothing in return. Van Petten says the scammers have set up a voicemail system that sounds very similar to his agency’s. Victims or anyone with questions should contact the Minnesota State Lottery.