Florida Lottery Warns of a New Scam

Lottery officials say a company using the name "LOTTO CLAIMS ASSOCIATE & SWEEPSTAKE INC" is sending letters to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:08 AM EDT
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Florida Woman, 84, Claims Record-Setting Powerball Jackpot Prize

An 84-year-old woman from Zephyrhills, Gloria C. Mackenzie, has come forward as the biggest single lottery winner in U.S. history. Mackenzie, who won the record-setting $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, has elected to receive the winnings in a one-time lump sum payment of about $370 million before taxes. Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell read a statement from Mackenzie at a press conference Wednesday.
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The Florida Lottery is warning citizens of a new scam.

Lottery officials say a company using the name "LOTTO CLAIMS ASSOCIATE & SWEEPSTAKE INC" is sending letters to the public in an effort to obtain personal and financial information.

The scam letter tells the recipient that his or her prize winnings are being held up due to a zip code error. The letter provides a phone number to call and also mentions that the winner will need to pay a processing fee, as well as insurance and a delivery fee, prior to collecting the winnings. A phony check is included with this letter as partial payment and to help cover costs and incidental expenses.

The public should remember that in a legitimate lottery, a winner would never be asked to pay any type of upfront costs to collect a prize.

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