Lottery officials warn of letter scam

February 22, 2008 7:44:17 AM PST
State lottery officials are warning Californians to beware of letters suggesting they have won a $75,000 Mega Millions jackpot.

The letter from a company called "Lotto Line" asks recipients to contact an accounts manager to activate an enclosed $4,700 check to start the claims process.

Lottery officials say it's part of a common scam used to get victims to surrender some of their own money in hopes of getting a lottery prize.

They say the California Lottery never asks prize winners to send processing fees.