Got a Mega Millions prize notification? Here's how to tell if it's a scam – The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mega Millions is warning players and non-players alike of “increasingly aggressive” scams using the Mega Millions name and logo promising big prizes to people via email, text or phone calls. 
One recent scam making the rounds is using the messaging app WhatsApp to send a “cash gift” award notification to random phone numbers around the world, promising a $700,000 cash prize. According to Mega Millions, the scammers are hoping the unsuspecting recipient will pay a large fee to claim the prize that does not exist.
There have also been reports of callers claiming to represent Mega Millions and promising cash and other prizes, such as cars, over the phone. 
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The scams are in no way connected to Mega Millions, and the lottery does not award random prizes anywhere in the world just based on phone numbers or email addresses. 
Mega Millions is only sold in the U.S. and by participating lotteries, and the only way to win is to purchase a ticket from an American lottery. There is never a fee to claim a real lottery prize. 
If you have questions about the legitimacy of any website, email or text using the Mega Millions name and logo, contact the Mega Millions or the lottery in your jurisdiction. 

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