The Oregon Lottery is alerting people of a scam involving calls from a “Mega Millions representative.” The caller is instructing the person receiving the call to go to a local 7-Eleven and purchase a $299 Green Dot MoneyPak card to release their Mega Millions prize money.

“Anytime you receive any type of notification that you have won a lottery prize, it is undoubtedly a scam,” said Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts. “With any of our games, or all other US lottery for that matter, you must have purchased a ticket in order to win a prize.”

There are a number of steps that you can take to protect yourself:       

•Never give your credit card numbers over the Internet or over the phone to a business promising lottery jackpots.

•Never send cash to an unfamiliar or foreign business.

•Never believe an Internet offer, a letter or a phone call from someone who offers you a guarantee of winning a prize. 

•Never accept a collect phone call from someone claiming to be a lottery official.

•Never trust someone who says you can win the lottery by purchasing a set of “winning numbers” instead of a ticket. You must possess the winning lottery ticket to claim a prize.

If you receive materials from suspicious businesses, have a question about a suspicious website, or receive phone calls, please call the Oregon State Police Lottery Security Section at (503) 540-1400.