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From: "UKONLINE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 02:22:11 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS:Ref: BTL/491OXI/04
--British Lottery Headquarters:
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
Batch: 12/25/0304WINNING NOTIFICATIONWe happily announce to you the draw of the BritishLottery International programs held on the 1st ofFebruary 2006 in London. Your e-mail address attachedto ticket number: 564 75600545-188 with serial number5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,whichsubsequently won you the lottery in the 2ndcategory.You have therefore been approved to claim atotal sum of £2,500,000.00(Two million, five hundredthousand, Great Britain Pounds Sterling) in cash credited tofile RPC/9080118308/04 made available from a totalcash prize of US £125 Million Pounds, shared amongstthe first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.This years Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest everfor British Lottery . The estimated £125 millionjackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history. Thebiggest was the $363 million jackpot that went to twowinners in a May 2000 draw of The Big Game, MegaMillions' predecessor.Please note that your lucky winning number fallswithin our booklet representative office in Europe asindicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your£2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundredthousand, Great Britain pounds Sterling) would be released toyou by our affiliate bank in London. Our agent willimmediately commence the facilitation of release offunds to you as soon as you establish contact.All participants were selected randomly from worldwide web sites through a computer drawn system andextracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotiontakes place annually.This is part of precautionary measures to avoid doubleclaiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by someunscrupulous elements.Please be warned. To file for your claim, pleasecontact our fiduciary agent with the below details forprocessing of your claims.AGENT: Mr. Leroy BanksTo avoid unnecessary delays and complications, pleasequote your reference/batch numbers in anycorrespondences with our designatedagent. Congratulations once more from all members andstaff of this program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.Sincerely,Michael RoninOnline Zonal Co-ordinator.Copyright © 1994-2006 The British National Lottery Inc.
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