If there's one thing you can count on, it's that you'll encounter a scam at some point. Sometimes it's a phone call. Sometimes it's a social media message. Sometimes it's an email.
Most recently, players have alerted us about an email they received stating they won $1.5 million in the Powerball Lottery.
The email then asks the recipient to reply with their full name, address and phone number to make their claim.
These kind of email scams are common, and they're a first step for a criminal trying to get your personal information, so don't fall for it!
We have also been made aware of an Instagram account posing as the Ohio Lottery. The account sent private messages to players saying that they "are one of the lucky selected fans!"
The account will proceed to ask for bank account information. These messages are scams. The scammer is looking to obtain your bank account information. Protect your private information and don't respond to these messages.
Always remember that if you didn't enter a contest or buy a ticket, you're not a winner.
Also, never share your personal information, including banking information.
If you ever have a question about an email or call you receive claiming that you have won a large prize, contact our customer service line at 1-800-686-4208.