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Did you know?  Powerball is played in 27 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Powerball drawing held on February 18, 2006 for $365 million was the largest Powerball jackpot ever won, and the second largest Lottery jackpot ever won worldwide.

Powerball is a lotto game which is a combined large jackpot game and a cash game. Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 22:59 USA Eastern Time, five white balls are drawn out of a drum with 53 balls and one red ball out of a drum with 42 red balls. Power Ball players win by matching one of the 9 ways to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball. The second prize (won by matching five white balls in any order) is US $100,000 paid in cash. There are 7 more tiers of prizes for a total of 9 tiers, more than any lottery in Europe or Asia. Any time you match the red Power Ball, you win. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game is better than 1 in 36.

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Lottery Scams Information

You may receive a certified check for up to $400,000 U.S. CASH!
One Lump sum! Tax free! Your odds to WIN are 1-6."

"Hundreds of U.S. citizens win every week using our secret system!
You can win as much as you want!"

Sound great? It's a fraud.

Scam operators often based in Canada are using the telephone and direct mail to entice U.S. consumers to buy chances in high-stakes foreign lotteries from as far away as Australia and Europe. These lottery solicitations violate U.S. law, which prohibits the cross-border sale or purchase of lottery tickets by phone or mail.

Still, federal law enforcement authorities are intercepting and destroying millions of foreign lottery mailings sent or delivered by the truckload into the U.S. And consumers, lured by prospects of instant wealth, are responding to the solicitations that do get through-to the tune of $120 million a year, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The Federal Trade Commission says most promotions for foreign lotteries are likely to be phony. Many scam operators don't even buy the promised lottery tickets. Others buy some tickets, but keep the "winnings" for themselves. In addition, lottery hustlers use victims' bank account numbers to make unauthorized withdrawals or their credit card numbers to run up additional charges.

The FTC has these words of caution for consumers who are thinking about responding to a foreign lottery:

  • If you play a foreign lottery-through the mail or over the telephone-you're violating federal law.
  • There are no secret systems for winning foreign lotteries. Your chances of winning more than the cost of your tickets are slim to none.
  • If you purchase one foreign lottery ticket, expect many more bogus offers for lottery or investment "opportunities." Your name will be placed on "sucker lists" that fraudulent telemarketers buy and sell.
  • Keep your credit card and bank account numbers to yourself. Scam artists often ask for them during an unsolicited sales pitch.

The bottom line, according to the FTC: Ignore all mail and phone solicitations for foreign lottery promotions. If you receive what looks like lottery material from a foreign country, give it to your local postmaster.

To report telemarketing fraud of any kind, contact your state Attorney General.

South Carolina Lottery Scams Information comes from the United States Postal Service.  
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