Lottery officials warning Oklahomans about potential scam

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Everyone who plays the lottery hopes to strike it big.

However, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission is warning customers that thieves may try to capitalize on that hope for riches.

The commission says alleged scammers will call a customer, saying they won a lump sum of money and a vehicle from the Oklahoma Lottery and Publishers Sweepstakes.

Eventually, they will ask for upfront payment to cover fees and taxes.

“This sweepstakes is not associated with the Oklahoma Lottery,” said Rollo Redburn, executive director of the lottery. “The lottery will never ask you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize.”

The Oklahoma Lottery security department urges anyone who receives a call that could be a potential scam to contact them at (405) 522-7765.

Prizes exceeding $600 can be claimed at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters, any authorized Lottery Claim Center or by mail. Prizes of $5,001 or more must be claimed through Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.

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