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7.8.03

Pre-paid phone cards look like lottery tickets

As the powerball jackpot reaches $240 million, millions are lining up in South Carolina and other states for a chance at big money.  No lottery in North Carolina usually means no gambling, but some promotional games have people scratching for cash.

They look like scratch off lottery tickets and are even displayed like them on convenience store counters in the area, but they're actually pre-paid phone cards that come with promotional sweepstakes.  Clerks who sell the cards say they rarely see winners, and those who do win typically get small cash amounts, not the top prize of $25,000.

Great American out of Atlanta is the company that sells the card.  They're sold in 8 Southeastern states.  A Memphis newspaper recently reported that investigators are looking at whether these cards and those produced by other companies violate state law.

Elizabeth Willis

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