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From: "lotto board" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 14:20:55 +0000
Subject: YOU HAVE WON THE SUM OF US $1,950,000.00
SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY AWARD PROGRAM,
Head Office 14th Floor Hall Mark Building
P.O. Box 86711, Santon 2001 Henley Road,
Johannesburg, South Africa.
( LOTTERY AWARD NOTIFICATION )
We are pleased to inform you the announcement made about the winners of
SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTERY AWARD INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as part of our
electronic business Promotions Program for the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the
You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 130-309-8982, with
serial number 543-11 drew the lucky numbers 6, 11, 13, 25, 28, 44 and Bonus
number 15 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the First Category of the year
Your winning Ticket is Number. 130-309-8982
Serial Number. 543-11
Lucky draw Numbers are. 6, 11, 13, 25, 28, 44 Bonus Number 15
INSURANCE NUMBER: AXS-S63/950L/GMBZ.
REFERENCE NUMBER: NMQ-S64-KKT-8929.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,950,000.00
in cash, which is the winning payout for the First category winners. This is
from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the Seven
International winners in this category.
Please be informed that your winning prize of the sum of US$1,950,000.00 is
now awaiting remittance with South African Bank in Remittance Department
insured with your email address which won you this prize without any kind of
deduction on or before transfer to your bank account in your country. To
begin your claim, please call Or email your claim agent immediately, through
his contact details given bellow.
TEL: + 27 83 544 3161,
FAX:+27 86 515 0763,
Barr. Jacob Adonis.
Congratulations'' once again from all the staff of SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD
CUP LOTTERY AWARD PROGRAM and thank you for being part of our promotions
MRS. MARIA WALKER. (PROMOTIONS MANAGER).
BE WARN DO NOT DELETE THE ORIGINAL COPY OF THIS MESSAGE.
SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP LOTTERY AWARD GOES INTERNATIONAL AS THE 2010
WORLD CUP WILL BE HOSTED BY SOUTH AFRICA. THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY:
SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTERY AUTHORITY. AND SUPPORTED BY:
(Fé¤©ration Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT
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