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Q: winning of lottery ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
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Subject: winning of lottery
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: jamokaren-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 07 Feb 2004 01:45 PST
Expires: 08 Mar 2004 01:45 PST
Question ID: 304385
Is the World Lotto Center a ligitimate company?
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Subject: Re: winning of lottery
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 07 Feb 2004 03:54 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
 
Hi there,

Although there is no mention online of them not being a legitimate
company, there are many clues that indicate that they are not:


WHOIS details for the domain name
---------------------------------
The following is the information provided by the owner of
worldlottocenter.com when they registered the domain name:

======================

Registrant:
 world lotto centre
 6577 N. 6th St.
 Centre Lake, LA 51510
 US
 Domain name: WORLDLOTTOCENTER.COM
 Administrative Contact:
    Gates, George  enriquemalaga2003@yahoo.com
    6577 N. 6th St.
    Centre Lake, LA 51510
    US
    269-945-8792    Fax: 269-945-8792
 Technical Contact:
    Manager, Domain  hostmaster@ipowerweb.com
    2800 28th Street Suite 205
    Santa Monica, California 90405
    US
    +1.8885114678    Fax: +1.3103141610
 Registration Service Provider:
    iPowerWeb, hostmaster@ipowerweb.com
    888 511 4678
    310-314-1610 (fax)
    http://iPowerWeb.com
    This company may be contacted for domain login/passwords,
    DNS/Nameserver changes, and general domain support questions.
 Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
 Record last updated on 08-Dec-2003.
 Record expires on 08-Dec-2004.
 Record created on 08-Dec-2003.

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There are some problems with the above information:

1) The registrant address is for Centre Lake, LA, but the phone number
is from Hastings, Michigan
http://www.melissadata.com/Lookups/phonelocation.asp?number=2699458792&x=28&y=5

2) The zip code 51510 is for Carter Lake, IA:
http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?Pyt=Tmap&&csz=51510&Get%A0Map=Get+Map

Obviously the contact details are fake, hardly what you would expect
from an honest company.

3) The domain registration is less than 2 months old. This is despite
their homepage claim that "Over the last 12 months WLC payed out
claims exceeding 250,000,000.00 GBP..."

4) They use a free, anonymous email address. I've sent them an email
inviting them to respond to my answer.


Spelling
--------
Often a giveaway of spam emails and websites:

"Over the last 12 months WLC payed out claims exceeding
250,000,000.00 GBP (over $398,000,000.00 USD) in cash prizes with
over 109 wins"

Paid is the correct spelling, not payed.


Number of pages in the site
---------------------------
Aside from the homepage there aren't many. The About Us link isn't a
link. That leaves a FAQ page with only 3 questions fleetingly
answered, and a contact page that says they are located in the
Dominican Republic. Genuine companies will actually state their proper
company name (ie something that ends in Ltd, LLC, Corp etc), and would
include a phone number. Lotto company sites will contain a page of
rules, regulations and legal stuff.

Compare their site to these two legitimate lottery websites in
Australia, for depth of information provided:

http://www.ozlotteries.com
http://www.tattersalls.com.au

You'll notice that they have pages detailing past results. That is
normal. How could you trust a site that will tell you that your number
didn't win, but not tell you what the winning number was?


World-Wide?
-----------
Every Lotto has to be based somewhere, drawn somewhere and usually
with a live drawing of numbers on TV somewhere. Without any indication
of these, it appears to be bogus.


More questions
--------------
How often is the game played? (they don't say)
Where can you buy tickets? (they don't say)
How much is the jackpot for the next drawing? (they don't say)
What is the prize structure? (they don't say)
If they are the world's biggest, how come no websites are linking to
them, and how come there are no press releases or news articles
mentioning them?


My assumption
-------------
I guess that the site is being used in conjunction with a spam email
campaign, for I can't imagine how else you would've found the site.


My advice
---------
Don't.


Best wishes,
robertskelton-ga

Clarification of Answer by robertskelton-ga on 07 Feb 2004 03:59 PST
Oh yeah, their URL:
http://www.worldlottocenter.com/
jamokaren-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Answer is good, but nothing mantioned on the CLAIM END-USER AGREEMENT.

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