Wisconsin lottery warns about a scam

By KBJR News 1

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July 1, 2014 Updated Jul 1, 2014 at 12:29 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A lottery scam is making its way through Wisconsin, and Lottery officials urge people to be on guard.

Several players have been contacted recently and told they won a special 2nd chance drawing or other types of drawings. Lottery officials say It is a ploy to get personal information/money asking people to claim their fake prize.

"Be suspicious of calls out of the blue that seem too good to be true," Lottery Director, Mike Edmonds, said. "Don't let the idea of a big prize cloud your judgment and lead you into a big mistake."

The lottery director has laid out suggestions for protection:
-Be wary of anyone who says you've won a prize in a game or drawing you never entered.
-Legitimate lotteries will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize.
-Think twice before providing bank account numbers, credit card numbers or Social Security numbers over the phone.
-Be suspicious of "urgent" solicitations that suggest you will lose a prize if you don't act immediately.

The Wisconsin Lottery never asks people for any bank information.

Ramona Marozas