If You Encounter a Scam

If you believe you have witnessed fraudulent online, email, phone or mail Lottery campaigns, please contact the Washington state Attorney General’s office at or 1-800-551-4636.

The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigate international lottery scams. You can report fraud to the FTC by filing a complaint online at or call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). Report fraud to the Postal Inspection Service at 1-800-372-8347 or online at

Examples Of Scams

Scammers may contact you through multiple means, and they frequently present themselves as official representatives of Washington's Lottery, or foreign and other lotteries.

Washington's Lottery is frequently contacted about four categories of Lottery scams:

  • Letter scams
  • Email scams
  • Phone and person-to-person scams
  • Illegal foreign lotteries