I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
Powerball cannot and does not notify people when they win. This is because people purchase Powerball tickets by paying cash. They do not leave a name or give any other identifying information. It's also because the organization that runs the lottery keeps the money in a bank account, earning interest, until a prize is claimed. They're not going to pay out earlier than they have to. It's up to people who buy tickets to check the winning numbers and notify the lottery company if they win. Anyone who tells you otherwise is scamming you.
The real powerball has issued warnings about this type of scam on their website.
It is impossible to win a contest without entering. Anyone who calls to tell you that you've won a lottery or sweepstakes you don't remember entering is lying to you. They're just trying to convince you that you've won so they can talk you into paying a small, upfront fee to collect a prize. The prize never materializes. It's a scam.
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