Lottery Scams

By Nicholas Christensen
Last Updated: September 17, 2018

Lottery scammers have many tricks up their sleeves. That’s why vigilance is very important if you want to protect your hard-earned cash. But, being vigilant can only get you so far. Education is still your best weapon against lottery scams. If you know exactly what to look out for, you’ll have an easier time avoiding them. Here, you’ll find articles that talk about the different tricks scammers use, the latest news, and more!

How Can You Avoid Getting Scammed?

Online Scams and How to Avoid Them

Scammers love targeting people who don’t know any better. Like sharks smelling blood in the water, lottery con-men pounce at the first sign of naivety and ignorance. In this article, not only will you learn what scammers look for in their targets, you’ll also learn how to spot a scam. Arm yourself with knowledge and find out what tricks scammers use—from fake sites to enticing freebies and more!

Is It Safe to Play Lotteries Online?

SSL Encryption

With scammers using just about every trick in the book, it bears asking: is it really safe to play online lottery? We answer that in this article and teach you how to distinguish between a legitimate lottery site and a fake one. Learn about security and trust logos, SSL certificates, and more!

Anonymity in Lottery: Which Countries Allow You to Protect Your Identity?

Anonymity in Lottery

Your identity being publicly disclosed is one of the biggest downsides to winning the lottery. We all know that some people—scammers, especially—will take advantage once they learn you’ve won the lottery. So, how can you protect your identity if you’re required to go public? Well, the good news is that some countries do allow you to remain anonymous!

How Secure are Lottery Machines?

Gravity Pick Lottery Machine

If a lottery scammer is bold enough, they’ll try to con the system. Are lottery machines really secure enough to ward them off, you ask? That’s a good question—but it isn’t easily answered by a “yes” or “no.”  In this article, we look at the different types of lottery machines and find out just how secure they are.

Additionally, we also examine how the US Powerball, Mega Millions and the UK National Lottery secure their draws. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered if computerized draws were more secure than traditional drum-based draws, you’re in for a treat!

The 4 Lottery Scandals That Rocked the Industry

Nick Perry newspaper story

Did you know that the John Travolta-led movie, Lucky Numbers, was based on one of the biggest lottery scandals of the 1980’s? In this write-up, we examine how one former radio personality ended up being one of the most successful lottery scammers around.

Plus, learn about how a programmer rigged several lottery draws in his favor; how a convicted rapist conned the UK National Lottery; and how a clever Chinese lottery stall owner took advantage of a loophole and walked away with 28 million yuan!

Colorado Lottery Sued

Colorado State Lottery Sued

In 2005, three people won the $4.8 million Colorado Lottery jackpot. One of the winners, Amir Massihzadeh, walked home with $568,900 after taxes. More than a decade later, he is suing the Colorado Lottery and is seeking nearly $4 million!

So, what gives? It all ties back to Eddie Tipton, the now-infamous lottery scammer, and how his illegal win diluted two-thirds of the Colorado Lottery jackpot winnings. Does Massihzadeh’s lawsuit have legs to stand on?

New Details on the Eddie Tipton Case

Eddie Tipton new case informaton

If you thought the Eddie Tipton case was over, think again! After an independent security audit by the MUSL, an additional date—May 27—was found hidden inside the rootkit program Tipton and his cohorts used to rig lottery draws in their favor. What does it mean?

National Lottery Hacked!

National Lottery HackedOn March 2017, the UK National Lottery became the victim of a hacking technique called “credential stuffing.” Credential stuffing is where a list of stolen user credentials is used to gain unauthorized access to user accounts en masse. Officials reported that around 150 accounts may have been compromised but assured the public that their debit and/or credit card details were safe. As far as email addresses and passwords though, that’s a different story.

Jamaican Lottery Scammers Caught!

In 2011, a group of 27 scammers from Jamaica successfully duped a woman out of her $300,000. Their scheme was so effective that the group went on to con more than 90 people! Luckily, authorities soon caught on and hunted the group’s members one by one. However, two proved to be more elusive than the rest!

A Daring Lottery Theft

Russell Spruytte

It takes a certain kind of criminal to walk off with a lottery machine, and another kind entirely to think they’d get away with it. Especially when the place they looted has security cameras! And yet that’s exactly what happened when two lotto looters stole an entire lottery dispensing machine from a gas station. While they are definitely no role models, you’ve got to give it up for these daring lottery thieves!

Clerks Caught Conning Customers

Crystelle Baton

On two separate incidents, two store clerks were caught deceiving lottery winners and pocketed the winning tickets for themselves. Both clerks used slightly similar tactics, too. One gave a customer two lottery tickets instead of the claim form, while the other told the customer their prize was only $5!

Beware a New Type of Scam

There’s a new type of scam in town! According to the Pennsylvania State Lottery, scammers have been posing as lottery employees and tricking people into divulging personal information. Beware!

Shreveport Targeted by Scammers

Mega Millions Scam in Shreveport

Shreveport, Louisiana resident Danielle Massy received a letter claiming she had won the Mega Millions jackpot—even though she hadn’t played the lottery recently. Most people would throw caution to the wind, but Danielle is, thankfully, one smart cookie! Find out what she did and what you should do, too!

Beware of Mavis Wanczyk

Reader beware! $758.7 million Powerball jackpot winner Mavis Wanczyk is scamming residents of Chicopee, Massachusetts! Or, at least, scammers pretending to be Ms. Wanczyk are.

Richard Lustig: Clever Winner or Lottery Scammer?

Richard Lustig Photo

Richard Lustig became one of the most famous lottery winners in the industry. Not by cheating his way to the top, but by winning 7 times. That practically makes Lustig a lottery legend! Shortly after his last win, he went on to write a book titled, “Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery.” It became a best-seller and was ranked 3rd on Amazon’s Best Self-Help Books at one point. Some critics, however, are calling the book hogwash. Could they be on to something?