Washington’s Lottery warns of vaccine lottery scams
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s Lottery and the Attorney General’s Office are warning of scams based around the state’s vaccine lottery program.
Every Tuesday through July 13, the state draws winners from their immunization database; if you have received at least one COVID vaccine shot in Washington, you are automatically entered into the lottery.
Winnings include cash prizes, sports tickets, tuition credits and game consoles.
Washington’s Lottery says they have received several calls of scammers trying to trick them into giving up personal information or money.
The Attorney General’s Office says the Lottery will call winners by phone, but will never ask for bank account information or Social Security numbers. Lottery representatives may also reach out by email or text, but if you are not sure if a message is legitimate, the state encourages you to call Washington’s Lottery directly at (360) 810-2888.
The only thing Lottery representatives will ask to confirm is contact information you wrote down while getting your vaccine, like your home address or email.
The AG’s Office urges you to look out for these signs of scam calls:
- Out-of-state numbers; Lottery representatives will only call from western Washington area codes (253) and (360)
- Callers who will not answer detailed questions about the lottery program
- Callers who demand banking information or your Social Security number to claim your prize
- Callers who say you must pay a fee before claiming your prize
- Emails that do not come from the Department of Health (@doh.wa.gov)
- Emails that require you to click on a link or attachment
- Any contact saying you won a drawing when you have not been vaccinated
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