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Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 15:38:49 +0400
Subject: EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY S.A. MADRID SPAIN.
EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE
C/ CARRACA N11 PISO 1
08905 MADRID -SPAIN.
FROM: THE DESK OF MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF NO: EGS/0007459015/03
RE:AWARD NOTIFICATION,FINAL NOTICE
WE are pleased to inform you of the release of the results of the EL
GORDO SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY /INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on the 15th of April
Your name attached to ticket number 777-52104543-094 with serial number
3113-55 drew the lucky numbers 1-22-16-78-39-10 which consequently won
the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 1. 515,810.
00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN
EUROS ONLY ) in cash credited to file REFERENCE
NO:EGS/0007459015/03.This is from a total cash prize of
20,768,770.00(TWENTY MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND,SEVEN HUNDRED AND
SEVENTY EUROS ONLY) shared among the seventeen international winners in
Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured to your
name. Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your
money remitted to your nominated account as this is a part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of
this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North
America,USA, as part of our international promotions program which we
conduct once every year. We hope that with a part of your prize , you will
take part in our end of year high stake US$1.3 billion International
To begin your lottery claim please contact your claims agent, Foreign
operations MR VICTOR ROMMA, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org for
processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your
choice. Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than
20th of MAY, 2006 After this date all funds will be returned to the
Ministry de Economic y Hacienda as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays there be any change of your
address, please do inform your claims agent, please remember to quote
your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with us or your
agent Furthermore should there be any change of your address, do inform
your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for
being a part of our promotions Program.Sincerely.
MRS, MONICA FISCHER.