Mo. lottery director targeted by apparent scam

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The organizers of an apparent lottery scam committed a major blunder.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the director of the Missouri Lottery received a letter informing her that she had won a $150,000 jackpot from the United Kingdom Mega Lottery.

Rather than following instructions to call a number and claim her price, Lottery Director May Scheve Reardon contacted the attorney general’s office. So did St. Ann Mayor Mike Corcoran, who received a similar letter.

Koster says the letter about supposed lottery winnings likely was a scam to get people’s confidential bank information when they called the phone number to claim the prize.

He says anyone who has received a foreign lottery letter should instead call the attorney general’s consumer complaint hotline at 1-800-392-8222.

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