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Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 13:24:57 -0800
Euro Afro American Lottery promotion Switzerland
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup
Bid lottery Award International programs held in Zurich, Switzerland.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:B966575604546199 with!
Serial number 97560 drew the winning:60/84/27/17/36,which subsequently
won you the lottery award in the 2nd category.
Your name has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$1,000.000.00 (One million United States Dollars) in cash credited to
file number KPC/9030108308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of $3,000,000.00 (Three million
United States dollars) shared among the first Three lucky winners in
this category worldwide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery
booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in the play
coupon. In view of this, your $1,000.000 (One Million United States
Dollars) will be released to you through the assistance of our Claim
Agent. He will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your Prize to you as soon as you contact him.
All participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Website through
Computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,00 companies and
Individual email addresses. The lottery program took place to promote
South Africa's 2010 world cup award.
Please you are advised to file for your claim through our Claim Agent
Brett Nicole immediately you receive this mail.
Phone:+27 76 466 5363.
2010 World Cup Bid.