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Winner of $1 million says no way, go away

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H&R Block Inc. wants to give $1 million away. But the winner of its sweepstakes drawing refuses to take it.

The company announced Thursday that a Philadelphia-area man won $1 million in Block's Million Dollar Giveaway sweepstakes.

But the winner, from Turnersville, N.J., apparently thinks someone is trying to scam him, said company spokeswoman Janine Smiley.

Block, a Kansas City-based tax preparer, won't identify the winner, who was chosen at random from 17 million entrants. He must return acceptance paperwork to receive the money, Smiley said. If he doesn't claim the award by July 6, the company will pick another winner.

The promotion firm that runs the contest contacted the winner by phone. When he expressed skepticism about the contest, Block sent him a letter on company letterhead asking him to call to have the prize explained, Smiley said. She said someone from H&R Block also left a phone message for the winner.