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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:44:52 +0100 (CET)
Subject: RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
TICKET NUMBER: 46939894427
LOTTO NL. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of the LOTTO NL. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE. LOTTO NL draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every year. No tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial number 25-6565 drew the lucky numbers 6-13-18-24-33-39 which consequently emerged you as one of first fifty (10) lucky winners in this category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of Ã¢âÂ¬1,000,000.00 (One Million EURO) in cash credited to file LR/19-CH/4310. This is from a total cash prize of Ã¢âÂ¬10,000,000 (Ten Million) Euro shared amongst the first fifty (10) lucky winners in this category.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for LOTTO NL. The estimated Ã¢âÂ¬10 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in Europe history. The biggest was the Ã¢âÂ¬163 million jackpot that went to two winners in a Febuary 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.Your fund is now deposited in an offshore bank with a hardcover insurance. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we advice that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by the general public.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your paying bank.Also give them the following
Telephone numbers and fax
BATCH No: NM/207161/WOP.
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. To begin your claims,
kindly contact the paying bank with the below information:
Contact person:Mr Patrick Rowley
International Remittance Officer
Tel:0031 633 701 450
Fax: 00 31 847 570 900
Your claims agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your prize funds into your designated bank account.Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than One month. After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your Reference and Batch numbers in every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once again from all our staffs, and thank you for being part of our promotions