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From: POWERBALL LOTTO S.A <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 22:02:56 +0200
Subject: NOTICE OF CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING!!!
POWERBALL LOTTO. SA
POWERBALL-WHEEL E-GAME 2006
Dear Consolation Prize Winner,
NOTICE OF CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNING!!!
This email confirms that you have been notified of by the POWERBALL INTER LOTTO SA The Spanishs of your email lottery winning for 2006 Powerball Lotto - Wheel E-game held on 25th Aug 2006.
We wish to congratulate you on the selection of your email coupon number which was selected among the 45 lucky consolation prize winners.
Your email ID identified with Coupon No.PBL2348974321 and was selected by Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the Lotto-Wheel E-game.
Your email ID included among the 50,000 different email addresses where submitted by our partner international email provider companies.
Prize Ref No.: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Lottery Group: Consolation Prize Group
Prize Amount: US $500,000 Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only
You are required to file claims for your lottery prize winning by contacting the Lottery Claims Processing Officer with your winning information provided above.
Lottery Claims Officer:
Name: Mr.Sean Peterson
DRAW DATE :9/18/2006
POWERBALL WINNING NUMBERS:18,19,30,31,33,15,5
Congratulations once again from all our staffs on your consolation prize winning, we hope you will partake in our forth coming Powerball Lotto-Wheel Email-games.
Mrs. Rita Peter