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Avoiding Lottery Scams

By Jason Weinstein.
Wednesday's record Powerball jackpot is luring players and scammers alike.

The Better Business Bureau says it expects to see scammers reach out via email, telephone, and even snail mail to let people know people may have won a smaller prize.

The Better Business Bureau has a number of tips to avoid lottery scams: don't pay to claim your prize, be wary of email announcements, also remember you can't win a contest you didn't enter. Also, verify the contest, but not by using a source the scammers give you.

Finally, you can check with the Better Business Bureau at bbb.org/scam.