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Hot Lotto Prize Still Tempting Residents

By Staff | Apr 17, 2012

Even though the record Hot Lotto drawing of March 30 was claimed by three tickets in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois, some local folks have been hearing that they too, are big winners. Unfortunately, such is not the case.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is warning all area residents of an Internet scam that has popped up since the MegaMillions Hot Lotto drawing. The email, which is sent supposedly from the Mega Millions Lottery in Chicago, congratulates the recipient for their email entry into a drawing connected with the Hot Lotto. The email states that since the recipient sent an email, their email was drawn to receive $1,080,000.

The recipient is instructed to call the claims manager, Mr. Mike Lang, in Springfield, Ill., and give them personal information to allow for the processing and payment of their winnings.

A Palo Alto County resident received such and email, and correctly suspected a scam. They reported the email to the sheriff’s office, who in turn contacted the Iowa Lottery, who confirmed the email was a fake and a complete scam.

Once again, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office advises everyone to never give out any personal or financial information to any type of unsolicited contact a person may receive. People can be contacted by this scam through e-mail, telephone, the mail, door to door and other unsolicited methods.

“If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true,” is the best adage to remember, according to law enforcement officials.

All residents are urged to contact their local law enforcement agency if they believe someone is attempting to scam them or any of their family members.