Calif. lottery warns of scam on eve of MEGA Millions jackpot |

Calif. lottery warns of scam on eve of MEGA Millions jackpot

SACRAMENTO ” State lottery officials are warning Californians to beware of letters suggesting they have won a $75,000 MEGA Millions jackpot and asking them to use an enclosed $4,700 check to pay fees to claim their winnings.

Lottery spokesman Al Lundeen says the check looks authentic but is bogus. He says it’s part of a common scam used to get recipients to surrender some of their own money in hopes of getting a lottery prize.

The letters from a company called Lotto Line and are showing up in some mail boxes on the eve of a $270 million MEGA Millions jackpot drawing. They ask recipients to contact an accounts manager to activate the check and start the claims process.

Lottery officials say the California Lottery never asks winners to send a processing fee to claim a prize.

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