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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Media Contact:  Kym Gerlock
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NASHVILLE—Tennesseans are asked to beware of letters suggesting they have won a prize in the popular lottery game Powerball. Several Tennessee residents have reported receiving such letters, which also include a request for the recipient to use an enclosed check to pay fees to claim their winnings.
The Tennessee Lottery never requires fees to claim a prize and asks that anyone who receives such a letter report it by calling Tennessee Lottery Security, 615-324-6688. You may also report fraud by visiting Once at that webpage, go to the bottom of the page and click on “Postal Inspectors.” Next, click on "Investigations," then select “Mail Fraud.”
Since the Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets on Jan. 20, 2004, it has raised more than $1 billion to fund specific education programs, including college scholarships, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs. For more information, please visit For information about Lottery-funded scholarships, visit

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