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From: "UK LOTTO NATIONAL COMPANY UK LOTTO NATIONAL COMPANY"
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 12:17:44 +0000
Subject: INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
28 TANFIELD ROAD
UKL NOTIFICATION DESKWe happily announce to you the draw (#954) of the UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 10th December 2005Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: (13)-(43)-(06)-(15)-(02)-(40)bonus # (09).Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e April 30th plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,400,000.00 (One million four hundred thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of £5,000,000,00 shared amongst the first four (5) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place bianually.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your £1,400,000.00 (One million four hundred thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our courier department or by on-line bank to bank transfer.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/her.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned !!!To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:NAME: Mr.Johnson SmithE MAIL: email@example.comPHONE # +44 7092868856HOTLINE # +44 7040122395Goodluck from me and members of staff of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.Yours faithfully,JANE CARTERDirector.International Promotions Unit,