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The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation (TEL) is sometimes contacted by players who have received telephone calls, letters, or emails that are questionable. Here are a few guidelines to help determine if these communications are legitimate or if they are scams:

The TEL does not contact winners unless they have won a prize by entering a TEL-sponsored promotional game or second chance drawing (such as Play It Again! or VIP Rewards Drawings).

No money or “special fee” is ever required in order to claim a prize won from the TEL.

Anyone who requests money from you before you can receive a prize is probably not legitimate. This includes any mention of up-front taxes, fees, or insurance.

If you think you’re a victim of fraud or attempted fraud by persons representing themselves as representatives of the Tennessee Lottery, please report it to your local law enforcement or Lottery Security at (615) 324-6688.

EMAIL LOTTERY SCAM

The Tennessee Education Lottery has identified a scam in the form of an email that appears to be sent from Rebecca Paul Hargrove, Tennessee “Web” Lottery. The email claims that the recipient has won a lottery drawing and will receive a $500,000 prize after contacting a Trust Agent. This particular email is written in Spanish, but there may also be an English version.

This email is a scam and is not affiliated with the Tennessee Education Lottery. Do not respond to this email and do not click any links contained in the email.

The Tennessee Lottery will not solicit you to pay fees or expenses for winning a prize before you can receive the lottery prize. Further, you must have a valid lottery ticket for the drawing in order to win.

LAS VEGAS MEGA MILLIONS SWEEPSTAKES SCAM

The Tennessee Education Lottery has identified a scam in the form of a letter or email that appears to be sent from Las Vegas Mega Millions Sweepstakes Cooperation, the International Gaming Commission and USA Legal Services Inc. The letter/email claims that the recipient has won a lottery drawing and will receive a multi-million dollar prize after the recipient pays fees to Las Vegas Mega Millions Sweepstakes Cooperation.


This email/letter is a scam and is not affiliated with Mega Million, the Tennessee Education Lottery or any other lottery that participates in the Mega Millions game. Do not respond to this letter or email and do not click any links contained in the email.


A lottery will not solicit you to pay fees or expenses for winning a prize before you can receive the lottery prize. Further, you must have a valid lottery ticket for the drawing in order to win. If you receive a letter suggesting you are a lottery winner but you did not purchase a ticket for the drawing, the communications is a scam and should be avoided.

LUCKY NOW AD SCAM

The Tennessee Education Lottery has identified the following advertisement on Facebook sponsored by Lucky Now. These advertisements show an instant ticket with the words “Tennessee Lottery” across the top and claim to offer a “Tennessee FREE lottery” with “real cash” winnings.  This ad is false.   The Tennessee Lottery is not affiliated with Lucky Now and is not responsible for this advertisement or the Lucky Now app. (See ad below)

CURRENT "MEGA MILLIONS" SCAM

The Tennessee Education Lottery has received multiple notices of a scam in the form a mailed letter from “President Mega Millions Commission” regarding a “Mega Millions Spanish Sweepstakes.


The letter includes a photo of Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery, holding an oversized check with two Tennessee Mega Millions jackpot winners. The letter implies that the recipient has won a $4.2 million prize. The letter also states that 5% of your winnings will be withheld and that if the winner can't claim the prize in Madrid, Spain, there will be a delivery charge.


This is in no way connected with the Tennessee Lottery or the Mega Millions game and is a scam that should be avoided.


The letter is a scam and is in no way related to the Tennessee Lottery, Rebecca Hargrove or the Mega Millions game. Do not respond.

NOTICE – SCAM

The Tennessee Education Lottery has identified a scam in the form of an email that is allegedly being sent from Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery, or from Amy O’Neal, a member of a group from Tennessee that won a large Powerball jackpot.

The email claims that the recipient is to receive a Donation Grant from the Tennessee 20, in addition to other donations.

This email is a scam and is not being sent from the Tennessee Lottery, Rebecca Hargrove, or Amy O’Neal. Do not respond or click any links attached to the email.

Please refer to the tips on this page to keep yourself safe from scam artists.