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From: nada hoppe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 20:25:49 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR YOUR CLAIM
CONTACT OUR OFFICE FOR YOUR CLAIM
We are pleased to inform
you of the result of the StaatsloterijWinners International programs
held on the 28 of Oct, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
No: 17940128111 with prize No 1581015/HL drew 500,000.00 Euro Only
which was first in the 2nd class of the draws. You are to receive
â¬500,000.00(Five Hundred Thousand Euros Only ).Please be informed that
because of mix up in cash pay-outs, we ask you to keep your winning
information confidential until your fund (â¬500,000.00 euro Only) has
been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay- point bank. This
measure must be adhered to in order to avoid the loss of your cash
prizes. Prize-winners of our cash prizes are advised to adhere to these
instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by other
participants. It's important to note that this draws were conducted
formally, and winners are selected through an internet ballot system
from 74,000 individual and companies e-mail addresses, hence, the draws
are conducted around the world through our internet based ballot
system. The promotion is sponsored and promoted by Staatsloterij
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 25 days of this
draw. After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and
included in the next sweepstake. Please, in order to avoid unnecessary
delays and complications remember to quote your winning numbers in all
correspondence with us. Congratulations once again from all members of
Word Abonnee Lotto. Thank you for being part of our promotional
For immediate release of your cash prize to you,please
kindly contact our processing Department with the following
information for onward forwarding to the paying Bank:
(ii)State amount won.
(iv)Your winning numbers
and fax numbers
Contact person:Mr. HANS VAN
NON RESIDENT PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
Congratulations once again.
Mrs. Doris Twins(Lottery Coordinator).
NB:CLAIM YOUR PRIZE