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From: "The UK. Natioal Lottery" <THOMSONASSOCIATES@prodigy.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 18:17:41 -0800
Subject: Congratulation! You Won The UK. National Lottery Annual Draw 2006 Batch N0:P2/0056
The U.K. National Lottery
Online Lottery Promo Dept.
PO Box 1010
L70 1NL United Kingdom.
Date of Notification: 22-12-2006
Ref N0: KPL/09-002/JA.
We happily bring to your notice the results of the
U.K. National Lottery annual draw held on the 20th
December 2006 in London. The online lotto draws was
conducted from an exclusive list of 50,000 e-mail
addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked
by an advanced automated random computer search from
Your e-mail address attached to the Batch N0:P2/0056
with Serial number: 06/1055 drew 20th of December 06
      , which subsequently
won you a prize in the category "B". You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
£1,500,000.00 (One Million , Five Hundred Thousand
Great British Pounds) in cash credited to file Ref N0:
This prize is from a total cash prize of
£4,500,000.00 (Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand
Great British Pounds) shared amongst the first Three
(3) lucky winners in this grand category 'B'. This
year Lottery program Jackpot is the largest ever for
the UK National Lottery. The estimated £35,000,000.00
(Thirty Five Million Great British Pounds) jackpot
would be the sixth-biggest in the U.K. history next
The Lowest was the £4,000,000.00 (Four Million Great
British Pounds) jackpot that was shared between Four
(4) lucky winners in January 2005 draw of the Big
Game Mega Millions' predecessor.
For security reasons, be advised to keep your winning
information from public notice until your claims is
processed and your prize money remitted to you as
required in this grand category "B' terms and
conditions of claims. This is a part of our
precautionar y measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by non winners.
Please note that, your lucky winning number:  
     falls within our European
Booklet representative office in London as indicated
in our play Coupon. In view of this, your
£1,500,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand
Great British Pounds) would be released to you by our
Our approved agent, Mr. Phil Smith will immediately
commence on the processing of your claims, to
facilitate the release of your Winnings to you as
soon as you make contact with him.
Please be advised as follows: To file for your claim,
kindly contact our certified and accredited claims
agent with the information below:
Name: Phil Smith
Claims processing agent
For: The U.K National Lottery.
You are advised to provide him with the following
Note that, all claims processes and clearance
procedures must be duly completed early to avoid
impersonation and or double claiming.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
quote your Reference and Batch numbers in any
correspondences with our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff
of the UK National Lottery Promo.
Mrs. Patricia Spencer.
UK National Lottery Promo