Free lotteries - Some are legitimate, some are not
International Lotteries vs. Lottery Scams
How to tell the difference between a government operated lottery, an International lottery, and a scam letter that says you won the lottery.
Sweepstakes are advertiser-sponsored and are used for the specific purpose of providing marketing exposure through advertising pages and emails. There is no entry fee and jackpots are provided by those advertisers. Therefore, it is in their best interest to advertise as much as possible through 3rd party email marketing programs.
Country and state or provincial lotteries (i.e. government lotteries) target the residents of that country or state and their advertising is through the media. That means through the use of billboards, newspapers, and TV and radio commercials - NOT email unless you have requested email notifications on the lottery information web site. There is an entry fee, and the value of the jackpot is the cumulative total of all the entry fees less operating expenses. (See Number Games)
MANY LOTTERY SCAM LETTERS REFER TO THE "EUROPEAN GAMING COMMISSION" AND OTHER NON-EXISTENT OFFICIAL LOTTERY REGULATORS: GAMING COMMISSIONS and LOTTERY ASSOCIATIONS
All lotteries must be registered and licensed with a gaming commission or regulator.
A lottery regulator may be a Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economics, Gaming Board, State Gaming Commission, or any of a number differently named agencies. Individual countries have gaming regulators, and sometimes individual states or provinces within that country have their own gaming regulators.
Whenever you receive a winning notification, you can always ask for their license number and licensing agency. Then you can contact the licensing agency INDEPENDENTLY by searching for the agency on the Internet. You must NEVER contact any agency number, name, or address listed in the notification letter. Obviously, if the letter is from a swindler you will be provided with a name and phone number of another member of the fraud network. It's the same as asking the thief you find in your house if he is going to steal anything.
This is the link to the Gaming Regulators European Forum list of Regulators: http://www.gref.net/links_reg.html. Here you will find links to many Gaming Commission web sites. I have provided these examples so that you will not be fooled if a lottery scam swindler tries to put together a web site that just looks like a legitimate gaming commission or regulator site.
Many lottery companies also belong to lottery associations and lottery organizations. I have provided a sample of two lottery organization web sites: The World Lottery Association and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Again, this gives you the chance to compare legitimate lottery association web sites with any that a lottery scam swindler may put on the Internet to fool you.
Government operated lotteries
One good place to check out available government operated lotteries, and how their web sites are set up, is here: http://www.lotteryinsider.com.au/links.html.
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