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The Tennessee Education Lottery is sometimes contacted by players who have received telephone calls, letters or emails that are questionable. To help you in determining whether you have been contacted by a scam artist, we are providing a few guidelines, suggestions and resources. Remember these simple tips:

  • The Tennessee Education Lottery will never contact you to say you’ve won a prize unless you’ve entered a “promotional game” or “second chance drawing” sponsored by the TEL.


  • Anyone who requests money from you before you can receive a prize is probably not legitimate. This includes any mention of up-front taxes, fees or insurance.


  • If you think you’re a victim of fraud or attempted fraud by persons representing themselves as representatives of the Tennessee Lottery, please report it to your local law enforcement or Lottery Security at (615) 324-6688.


  • Remember, scams can be perpetrated via the telephone, mail, email or even in person. Never reveal your personal information, such as driver’s license, passport number, social security number, date of birth, bank accounts and credit card accounts to anyone who initiates contact with you.

Keep in mind the adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Following are resources where you can learn more about frauds and scams.