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Subject: YOU ARE MEGA LOTTO WINNER!!!
From: Mrs.lisa Miller
Universal Lotto Org.
2499 Glades Rd. Suite 313
Boca Raton, FL 33431.
Universal Lotto Org.
74 Bridge Street,
Manchester, M3 2RJ
Reference number: 080/UL651
Serial number: UL97560
We are happy to announce to you the draw of the Universal Lotto
Organization Lottery programs which was introduced and held on the 15th of
April 2005 in Florida USA. Your e-mail address was matched to Serial
number UL97560 drew the winning: 59/84/26/17/35, which subsequently won you
the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$1,276,000.00 (One Million Two Hundred and Seventy Six Thousand United States Dollars Only) in cash credited to file ULO/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US$22,000,000.00 (Twenty Two Million Dollars) shared amongst the first Fifteen (15) lucky winners in this category all over the globe. In this our newly introduced programme, no purchase is necessary. To participate in Universal Lotto Organization Lotto online, you must have a valid email address. Selections are done automatically through our machine to select through extraction, the first twelve million email addresses and then selection of Fifteen randomly. The twelve
million will be entered to the Present Draw. Email addresses that Match all 5
(five) Numbers in Correct Order, in any Drawing shall be Winners and
Will receive Grand Cash Prize of $600 to $250,000, and$1,276,000.00
Depending on the Promo. All Winners are asked to submit email addresses,
their names, phone numbers and physical addresses. Each Winner must use
a unique email address, i.e. two people cannot use a shared email
account to claim Universal Lotto Organization Lotto Prize.
The contest is open to anyone with a valid email address - anywhere in the world.
Winners are selected in a random drawing to be conducted online
automatically, by 6/60 lottery secured and audited software. All winners will
be notified by e-mail, several times, and requested to verify their names addresses. If a winner fails to respond after 30 days, they forfeit
their claim. Prizes are paid by bank check and Bank Transfer depending
on the category. Delivery of prizes takes only 10 days, after winner?
notification of his/her name, phone and physical address.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Euro/Asian
booklet representative office in Atlanta/London as indicated in your
winning coupon. In view of this, your US$1,276,000.00 (One Million Two
Hundred and Seventy Six Thousand United States Dollars Only) would be
released to you by our payment center in New York/London. Our Payment
Center will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of
your winning amount as soon as you contact them.
This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are
advised to keep your winning information strictly confidential till your
claims is processed and your winning amount is remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please be informed that all winning must be claimed before 30 days
Receive this information and to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
Please quote your reference/serial numbers in any correspondences with
Us or our payment center. Also, double winner will only allowed to
Claim one of his/her prize. You are advised to acknowledge the receipt of
This information in order to give you a guide line on how to contact our
Payment center in New York/London.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program
That has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of
our promotional lottery Program Organized by Universal Lotto
Mrs. Lisa Miller
N.B: If this information is transmitted to your email address, then you
Are successful winner. Any review, Retransmission, dissemination or
Other use of this Information, or taking of any action in reliance upon
This information, by person or entities other than the Intended recipient