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From: william hill lottery inc <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 07:14:36 +0000
Subject: Your Lucky !
SEND YOUR WINNING NOTIFICATIONS TO OUR CLAIMS AGENT @ email@example.com PHONE +447031894456
Winning no: GB8101/LPRC
We are delighted to inform you of your prize which was released today the 12th of September 2007, from the William Hill Lotto in collaboration with the Australian International Lottery program, which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from some sites. Your email address was attached to ticket number; 4700172507056490102 and serial number 7741134002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 and bonus number 17,which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of 250,000.00 (Two Hundred And Fifty Thousand Pounds) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/09 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotion program which is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have an operational base. Furthermore, your details-(e mail address) falls within our European representative office in Gamcare UK as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of 250,000.00 pounds will be released to you from this regional branch office in U.K London. We hope that with part of your prize, you will participate in our Millionaires Club Jackpot for 4,756,587 Billion pounds international draw.
To file for your claim, please contact our director of finance/Claims Agent.
Name : Mr.Edward Williams
Please quote 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 and an Application Form for payment will be sent to you by your claims agent immediately he has your winning notifications. For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participants or unofficial personnel.
Note: all winnings MUST be claimed by the 29th of September 2007; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity organizations.
ANYBODY UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.
William Hill Lottery International (co-coordinator).
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