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Don’t be fooled: Iowa’s biggest lottery winner isn’t handing out cash on Instagram

In November 2018, Lerynne West claimed a winning $349.9 million jackpot from the Iowa Lottery.

In November 2018, Lerynne West claimed a winning $349.9 million jackpot from the Iowa Lottery. 

The lump sum came out to $198.1 million, and the Redfield resident pledged to give back through a new organization called The Callum Foundation

West bought her jackpot-winning ticket at a Casey’s General Store in Redfield after recently moving into the Dallas County city.

But if you try and find Lerynne West on social media sites such as Instagram, you’ll quickly find there’s not shortage of impostors. 

“These scammers are using fear in some cases to try to get people to give up information or money,” said Lynn Hicks with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. 

And that’s the case with those posing to be West on Instagram. Lottery officials are aware the scam is going on, and have alerted the real Lerynne West.