I received an offer for a lottery in
another country. Can I respond and be a part of it?
It is illegal for U.S. citizens to take part in
international lotteries! Some companies in Canada and other
places in the world (as far away as Europe and Australia)
have tried selling lottery tickets to Americans, either by
phone or in the mail. If you receive such an offer from
another country, refuse to take part. These companies will
often keep "winnings" for themselves, will place additional
charges on your credit cards, and will sell your name to
other companies of this type.
If you receive this type of an offer, call the Missouri Attorney General's hotline (1-800-392-8222) and report it. You can also report the incident to the National Fraud Information Center (1-800-876-7060). Finally, if the offer involved something you received in the mail, contact your local postmaster.
Brenda Procter, M.S., State Specialist &
Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri-Extension
Last update: Sunday, April 23, 2006