No legitimate lottery knows the identity of a winner until the player presents a ticket for verification. Therefore, Lottery winners are not notified by email, letter or telephone call except in instances when a player completed an entry form for a New Mexico Lottery second-chance drawing or other New Mexico Lottery promotion. The criminals behind email, letters or telephone calls identifying you as a Lottery winner are trying to obtain personal information from you to engage in identity theft or to collect bogus fees for processing the so-called prize. No legitimate lottery charges winners a fee when claiming a prize. Please do not respond to these fraudulent emails, letters or telephone calls or provide any personal information. If you feel you have been a victim of a Lottery scam, call the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-678-1508. Click here for more information on lottery scams.
Scam brochures are available in Lottery displays at most New Mexico Lottery retailers.