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From: =?UTF-8?Q?_UK_=C2=A0LOTTERY_WINNER?= <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 01:36:49 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FINAL NOTICE...YOU HAVE WON
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Manchester, M70 1NM
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to notify you the draw (999) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on 6th SEPT,2006 Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programmed conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
The result of our computer draw (#978) selected your name and email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 03.15.16.19.20.24(26 Bonus Ball), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of #1,856,652(One Million Eight Hundred AND Fifty Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Two Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of #16,533,022 shared amongst the first Nine (9) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 21 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.
This promotion takes place weekly. 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 #1,856,652(One Million Eight Hundred AND Fifty Six Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Two Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through Friday.
Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr. Kings Robert
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, details required facilitating fund release, you are to fill the claims form below and submit to the agent officer for speed release of your winning funds
COMPANY: IF ANY _______________________________________________________
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:_______________________________________________
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,