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Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 15:20:51 -0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
FROM: THE DESK OF THE LOTTO CHANCELLOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: XYL /26510460037/06
RE-AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today,
19 August 2004, of winners of the MERCURY LOTTO PROMO
LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS/INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held
on 17 August 2004. Your attached to ticket number
023-1111-790-450, with serial number 5073-15 drew the lucky
numbers 40-11-44-38-20-40, and consequently won the lottery
in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of
Three Million United States Dollars (3,000,000 USD) in cash
credited to file REF: XYL/26510460038/07.
This is from total prize money of 48,000,000.00 Dollars
shared among the sixteen international winners in this
category. All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn form 25,000 names from Australia, New
Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as part of
International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your fund is now deposited with a Security company insured
in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names,
we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice
until your claim has been processed and your money remitted
to your account. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants
of this program. We hope with a part of you prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes 1.3 billion
Dollars International Lottery. To begin your claim, please
contact our International claims agent;
MR. WILSON GERARD
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a
designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize
money must be claimed not later than 2nd September, 2004.
After this date,all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please remember to quote your reference and
batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with
your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your
address, do inform your claims agent
as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for
being part of our promotions programs.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,MERCURY LOTTO PROMO
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification.
SORRY FOR THE LATE INFORMATION THANKS
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