Everyone dreams of winning a big lottery prize. Sadly, scammers have been known to take advantage of this and manipulate people by falsely claiming they have won and asking them to send payment in order to claim a prize.
A little vigilance and knowledge can help keep you safe. To protect yourself, always keep these points in mind:
- Check directly with STARS to verify if you are a lottery winner. Review the official lottery winner lists posted on starslottery.ca after each draw (see draw dates below); call our toll-free lottery phone number at 1-844-STARS SK (1-844-782-7775); or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you have won a prize.
- If you have won a prize, you will be notified in writing by Stride Management Corp. – and in some cases a telephone call by STARS’ representatives – as soon as possible after the official draws, telling you what you have won and how to claim your prize.
- You will never be asked to send money to claim a STARS lottery prize. If you are asked to send a cheque, money order or payment of any kind to claim your lottery prize, it is a scam. Hang up the phone or delete the email.
- Be aware of the official STARS Lottery Saskatchewan draw dates and corresponding prize draws. Scammers work year-round, so if you are notified about winning a prize outside of our lottery campaign, it is most likely a scam. For 2020, the official draw dates are as follows:
- Loyalty draw – May 28, 2020
- Early Bird draw – July 9, 2020
- Final draw – July 9, 2020
- LUCKY STARS 50/50 draw – July 9, 2020
Likewise, if you are told you have won any prize other than the corresponding Loyalty, Early Bird, main lottery or LUCKY STARS 50/50 prizes, it is a scam. Check with starslottery.ca for full prize details.
If you receive a scam lottery call, please hang up, record the number calling, then advise your local police department and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501, or visit their website.