I listened to this winner's lottery scam phone call... and my jaw dropped as the situation turned expensive

You win the lottery, you collect the money. Doesn't seem too hard to do, but when this guy received a call supposedly from the lottery (first wrong move - they NEVER call you) it wasn't quite what he expected. Then it all turned ugly, and you will not believe what the scammer demanded he do to collect the $11.5 Million jackpot prize.

Lost your lotto ticket? Shock investigation shows some lotteries will pay out to avoid negative news

This CBS video found that sometimes a lottery pays out in order to keep the image of their organisation favourable. Two undercover California Lottery investigators talk about how a lottery paid out a $1.9 million Powerball jackpot when the ticket wasn't handed in.

$100,000 Lost To Lottery Scam By 93 Year-Old Retired Nurse And How You Can Avoid Being Duped

$100,000 Lost To Lottery Scam By 93 Year-Old Retired Nurse And How You Can Avoid Being Duped

Cyber security expert John Sileo of 9NEWS talks about the Colorado woman, 93, who lost $100,000 to a group of lottery scammers.

It started with a series of phone calls, reports cyber security expert John Sileo of 9NEWS. And ended with a 93 year-old woman losing more than $100,000 to callers who said she had won the California Lottery.

Niece Sharon Hansen says there was virtually nothing her family could do to stop it.

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If You Think All Lottery Balls Are Made Out Of Ping-Pong Balls, Wait Till You See These Pictures

If You Think All Lottery Balls Are Made Out Of Ping-Pong Balls, Wait Till You See These Pictures

These Powerball balls stored in black cases are being loaded into a machine before a drawing.

Few people know what goes on in the drawing of a lottery game. And fewer know about the balls themselves - most people assume they are ping-pong balls. So let's uncover the myth about what lottery balls are really made of and how they are used.

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READER ASKS: Should I Send Them Money To Get My Lottery Winnings?

“Hey Ken, I got an email telling me I won a lot of money in a lottery game in England. They told me I had to send them fee money to release the winnings to me because there were insurance costs and bank fees. I don't have a spare $1500 to pay them but I'm thinking of borrowing the money from my sister. What do you think?”

I think you should immediately stop anything involved with this proposal and forget it entirely. It is a common scam, and plenty of people are taken in by it.

If you didn't buy a ticket (or even if you did) this is not the way that genuine lotteries conduct business.

A distant relative of ours lost many thousands of dollars to such a scheme recently. Don't be one of the people who have given their hard-earned money to these rip-offs!