Here’s a wise warning from the New York State Gaming Commission: beware of scammers and false announcements about lottery prizes. We do not contact winners to tell them they have won.

Any message informing you that you’ve won a prize with the New York Lottery is a fraudulent claim, whether you’ve received this news via phone, email, snail mail, or text message. There is no such prize. Never respond to these messages, and never ever provide your information or money to scammers.

Remember: federal law prohibits the sale or marketing of Lottery tickets across state lines, and you must be within the state of New York to purchase a New York Lottery ticket or subscription.


  • You are notified about your supposedly winning ticket. We never notify you, you notify us. The New York Lottery does not know who the winners are – except for Lottery subscribers – until these winners come forward with their winning tickets.
  • You’re asked to pay a fee. The New York Lottery never requires you to pay money to claim your prize. “Processing fees” are a myth. Do not send anyone this money.
  • You receive a check accompanied by a request for processing or claiming fees. Never deposit it. This check is fraudulent and will bounce.

Remember: never provide any personal or financial information to a scammer, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.


Report any attempted scam to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP or at the FTC Consumer Information website.

If you need more information, contact the New York Lottery Security Unit at 518-388-3416.