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Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 09:06:34 -0200
BRINGS DREAMS TO
AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC
AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER: AUSTRALIA
West Africa Lottery Technology, Australia 9 Palmerston Crescent South
Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia.
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
Date: 27th November, 2006 Ref: 575061725 Batch: 8056490902
Winning no: KB8701
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Hello Lucky Winner, We are delighted to inform
you of the result of the E-mail address ballot lottery drawn by the
Australian International Lottery Programme, which was conducted on the 2nd of
January, 2006. This is a computer generated lottery of Internet users
using email addresses for draws. This lottery draw is fully based on an
electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from different
World Wide Web. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
275-189-657-23-05 with Serial number 8756-05 drew the lucky numbers 11 13 26
34 44 48 and bonus ball number 02 which subsequently won you the lottery in
the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
US$200,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS) in cash credit
with file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02. This is from the total cash prize of
US$2,000,000 Million Dollars, shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners
in this category. All participant were selected randomly through a Computer
Balloting System drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from
Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and
Oceania as part of our international promotions programme which is conducted
annually. This Lottery is being promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate
of Multinational Companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base. Further more,
your details (e-mail address) falls within our AFRICAN representative office
in Abuja, NIGERIA, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of
US$200,000.00 will be released to you from the regional branch office ABUJA
in NIGERIA. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end
of year higher stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draws. Our agent
will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds
as soon as you contact him. HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:Simply contact your
claims agent: MR. CHRISTOPHER PARRY, CELL PHONE NUMBER: +234 1 873 4983E-MAIL
: firstname.lastname@example.org Please quote correctly your reference,
batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this
notification. as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help
locate your file easily. For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep
this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed
and your prize money released/remitted to you. This is part of our
precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
programme by some unscrupulous elements, and equally to guard against
non-participant or unofficial personnel taking undue advantage of this
programme. Note that, all winnings MUST be claimed by a STIPULATED TIME (ON
OR BEFORE TWO WEEKS FROM THE DAY OF THIS NOTIFICATION), otherwise all funds
will be returned as unclaimed and eventually be reabsorbed into our next
lucky dip sweepstakes.
Note that you have to call Mr. Christopher Parry (+234 1 873 4983) before
sending your listed informations to him. Full name:Telephone number:Fax
number: (if any)Mailing address:Age:Occupation:Marital status:
Winning Category:Ktu Number:Draw Number: Congratulations once again on
Mrs. Helen Blake
Executive Co-ordinator Australian International Lottery Program. Dr. P.
Swier, Mr. Gerald Goodman Manager Foreign Operations,
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS OFFICE, MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT
ALSO MAKE SURE YOU SEND DOWN YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT
FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR WINNING, BATCH AND REF NUMBERS.
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO
MANAGEMENT, AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Past winners round the world in full
blaze of excitments
LOTTERY SPONSORS: (MAJOR SPONSORS)
MICROSOFT CORPORATION USA, MICROSOFTCORPORATION ASIA.