But Paula McDowell knew something was up when a man claiming to be Dave Sayer from the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol personally called her.
"It’s just a scam,” said McDowell. “Stating that I had won $1 million dollars from publisher’s clearing house."
She says in order to claim her prize she's been told to purchase a green-dot-card from Wal-Mart.
"For $350 and then call him and give him the number and he'll give the number to the people that's supposed to bring the check."
We did some research, turns out that Publisher's Clearing House never contacts a winner by phone or email and never asks for a contestant to pay a dime for their winnings.
We called the man claiming to be Prize Patroller David Sayer.
"The Publisher's Clearing House is not the company that she has won the check from," he said.
He tells KTVE, Publisher’s Clearing House is just a sponsor of a Mega-Millions prize. We asked if the rules still applied.
"No, because the rules are different, because they are separate companies," he added.
We checked with Mega-Millions, and sure enough - they don't call or email winners either.
Both Publisher's Clearing House and Mega-Millions warn against scammers asking "winners" to pay or provide banking information.
"Where do you think you're $350's is going?”, adds McDowell. “To them. And you'll never see anybody pull up in your driveway with a million dollar check.”
If you feel like you've been contacted or are the victim of a scam like this one, police say document the phone call, ask for the address and names of those who called, and file a police report.
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