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Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2006 02:52:46 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION
From: Mrs. JENNIFER BROWN
No: 125 St Michael's Street
Plot 2A Harrison Drive
Customer Service: 700 NCA 75679
Batch No: Lotto 6/49
Draw Coupon: Match 1+NS
THIS LOTTERY IS SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE 2010 WORLD CUP TO BE HOSTED IN SOUTH AFRICA.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro- American Sweepstake Lottery International programs held Wednesday December 14, 2005 in Essex United Kingdom
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: CA4477839 with Serial number 75062 drew the Winning numbers 04/19/24/31/35/43 with a bonus Number 07, for LOTTO 6/49 under the choice of the lottery in the 2nd category of daily three. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$3,642,604.00 (Three Million Six Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Six Hundred and Four United States Dollars) in cash credited to file CASA/909334205676/04.
This is from a total cash prize of US $180,000,000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first lucky winners in this category Worldwide. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World
Cup to be Hosted in South Africa hence your winning information must be kept to enable you participate in our subsequent games before the grand finale. In view of this, your US$3,642,604.00 (Three Million Six Hundred and Forty Two Thousand Six Hundred and Four United States Dollars) would be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in South Africa. Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 60,000,00 companies and personal e-mails. For
security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims 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 by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding agent in South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follow:
Mr. Chris Johnson
+27 73 489 8526
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/ batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents.
VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
13.WINNING NUMBER: ________________________________
Upon receipt of the duly requested data, your claim agent will proceed with the release of your winning.
Jennifer Brown (Mrs.)
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program you have successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Mrs. Gladys Owen United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator
Mrs. Patricia Hope Asst. Gen. Sec Mr. Grey Johnson
Canadian/American Zonal Secretary General.
Switzerland Zonal Co-coordinator For African Winners Dr
Bill Wilson. African/European Head Office
Baumgarten-strasse 15 Postfach 686 Geneva CH-8201
Schaffhausen Dr Peter Martins Head South African
Offshore Payment Office Madrid, Spain. Thanks for your
Co-operation in anticipation.