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Beware of Lottery Scams

On Saturday, plenty of Wisconsin residents will play the Powerball lottery, but there's an even bigger jackpot somewhere else on Saturday that will encourage a new round of thieves.

It's the twice-a-year "El Gordo" Lottery in Spain, which will pay out $171,000,000, but it will also create a new round of victims for scam artists.

Letters have been sent out to people saying they've won the El Gordo lottery, but it's a scam, because they ask for money and your bank account information.

It's also a federal offense for U.S. residents to buy foreign lottery tickets.

It you get any mail saying you've won a prize, but asks for money or any personal information don’t do it.

Instead call the consumer protection agency at 1-800-422-7128 to report the scam.


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