We love interacting with our players through social media, and it’s important to us that our players are safe online. If you have ever received a message claiming you won a prize, you’re not alone. When it comes to social media, the internet, and email, you have to be protective of your information.
Earlier today, a player received a message from a “new” Ohio Lottery Instagram account. The message claimed he was “randomly selected for a $10,000 prize.” This account did not represent the Ohio Lottery. The Ohio Lottery will never randomly select someone to win a cash prize.
As social media continues to grow, so do internet scams. Here’s some helpful tips to keep you safe online:
*The Ohio Lottery will never ask you to send money in order to claim a prize.
*Misspellings, bad grammar and the word “sweepstakes” are dead giveaways that it’s a scam.
*The official Ohio Lottery Instagram is verified so look for the check mark in the blue circle.
*The official Ohio Lottery Facebook page is verified, so look for the check mark in the grey circle.
*Never give personal information like bank account or social security numbers.
*If you’re unsure, call the Ohio Lottery at 1-800-686-4208.
*If you didn’t enter a drawing or buy a ticket, you did not win.
Your safety on the internet is important to us! We hope you follow these tips to stay safe and protect your money and your personal information.