Identifying Lottery Fraud

Protect Yourself From Potential Lottery Fraud

Have you received unsolicited emails, letters, or telephone calls asking you to pay taxes or fees on lottery winnings? Here are some tips to identify and avoid lottery fraud and scams.

  • You did not buy a ticket.
  • You have never heard of the lottery game.
  • You did not register your name, address, email address, phone number, and a credit card before you were allowed to buy a ticket on an online lottery website.
  • You do not live in the country and you are not a citizen of the country of that lottery.
  • You are asked to pay money up front for fees or taxes in order to release your ‘win.’
  • You are told you must reply within a given time or the money will be given to someone else.

Visit the Canada Anti-Fraud Centre at for more information on protecting yourself from this and other types of fraud.

Consumer Advisories

Have you been contacted by phone, email or letter and been told you’ve won the lottery and all you have to do is pay some taxes or fees in order to claim the prize?

OLG posts consumer advisories and fraud alerts to help keep you informed so you can protect yourself from fraud.

See all fraud alerts

Reporting Potential Fraud

If you suspect that you’ve been a victim of fraud after purchasing or redeeming your lottery ticket(s),
please notify OLG immediately by calling


An OLG staff member will take your information, which may result in an investigation being conducted. If criminal activity is suspected, your concerns will be forwarded to the Ontario Provincial Police.