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From: "LOTTERY POWERBALL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005 18:31:20 +0000
Subject: CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNER NOTICE
POWERBALL LOTTO. BV
POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-gameDate:1ST-OCTOBER-2005
Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Dear Consolation Prize Winner,
NOTICE OF CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNINGEurope / America private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors, POWERBALL LOTTO Group International, officially bring to your notice of the final draw result of 1st SEPTEMBER-2005 POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-game which was conducted at our international corporate office complex in The Netherlands. Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME to give out prizes based on COMPUTER BALLOT SYSTEM.By doing this the foundation seek to encourage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits.It major aim is to promote music, theater, art,literature, projects is the social and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education.We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email coupon number which was selected among the 45 lucky consultation prize winners. Your email ID identified with coupon No. PBL2348974321 and was selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the E-game. Your email ID was included among the 50,000 different email addresses submitted by our partner international email provider companies. You have won a consultation cash prize of US $ 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) only.
The POWERBALL LOTTO Group. BV, have approved a payout of your consultation cash prize which will be remunerated directly to you by the official Payment Agency Board. Our DUE PROCESS UNIT (DPU) will render to you complete assistance and provide additional information and processes for the claims of your consultation prize.For due processing of your winning claim, please contact the DPU Information Officer Mr:Cally Martins whom has been assigned to assist you.Contact NAME :Cally MartinsE-mail:(email@example.com)TEL:+31-621-987-260
FAX:+31-847-300-537Once again congratulations from all our staffs on your consultation prize winning, we hope you will partake in our forth coming POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel Email-games.
Helen Ince (mrs).
(Group Coordinator)NB: In accordance with the POWERBALL LOTTO -wheel E-games policy and regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 45 lucky consultation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached to the lucky numbers along with the winning informationís you are not authorized to read, print,retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.