Lottery officials warn players about online Powerball ticket scam

Officials say site includes official Florida Lottery logo


TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Officials with the Florida Lottery are warning players of a scam in which scammers are selling shares of Powerball tickets online.

The website includes the official Florida Lottery logo, as well as information about all Florida Lottery games, officials said.

They promote that they are a "USA POWERBALL Syndicate," in which players purchase shares and all winnings are then divided equally between each share, according to the Florida Lottery.

Officials said players cannot purchase any lottery ticket, including Powerball, over the Internet, phone or by mail. The Florida Lottery said all lottery tickets must be purchased from an authorized Florida Lottery retailer in the state of Florida.

Click here to find a Florida Lottery retailer.

Visit flalottery.com for more information and to find other tips to protect yourself. Officials said to report a lottery scam, consumers should call the Florida Lottery's Division of Security at 850-487-7730.

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