Be Aware of Scammers

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. 
Posted: 3/29/2019 1:30:00 PM