COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Federal prosecutors in South Carolina say 10 people face charges in a lottery scam.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says nine people from South Carolina and one from Georgia are charged as part of a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Prosecutors say the scammers targeted older people, notifying them that they had won a lottery or sweepstakes but needed to pay fees in advance in order to receive their winnings.
Authorities say more than 200 people paid a total of more than $1-million to receive their non-existent lottery prizes.
Those accused in the scam each face up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000 if convicted.