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Washington's Lottery Warns Of Second-chance Drawing Scam

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OLYMPIA, Wash - Washington's Lottery is committed to the responsible sale and play of its games, and more importantly, the protection of its players.  

Recently, Washington's Lottery has learned of a number of current and former Washingtonians that have been victim of an elaborate email message and telephone scam suggesting that these people won a second-chance drawing, and in order to claim their prize they must provide personal information or pay fake processing fees or taxes via wire transfer or money order. In certain cases, the people targeted by the scam had never played a Washington's Lottery game.  

The only way consumers can win a prize from Washington's Lottery is by purchasing a lottery product from a licensed lottery retailer. The only time Washington's Lottery might contact consumers directly about a prize is if they win a second chance drawing. But, consumers have to play to win – and a legitimate Washington's Lottery employee will never ask players to provide them with personal or financial information over phone or email unless otherwise communicated in the game's rules. Consumers who believe they are the targets of a lottery scam are strongly encouraged to immediately notify their local police in addition to contacting Washington's Lottery to inform them of the incident. 

For more information and tips on how to best avoid lottery scams, please visit Washington's Lottery by CLICKING HERE

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