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From: "Ontario49 Canada Lottery Board" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 15:02:13 +0000
Subject: Call Agent Mr.Anton David To Confirm your winning
From: Ms. Lorraine .O. Adams
Canada Lottery/Ontario 49 Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3
Attention: Customer AFRSA680
Batch No. Ontario 49
The Canadian Government sponsors this lottery for the promotion of the 2010 Soccer World cup to be hosted in South Africa. We happily announce to you the draw of the Special Global 2010 World Cup Promotional Draw held on the Wed Jul 16 2008 in Essex United Kingdom and Ontario Canada. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number: B9564 75604545 100, with Serial Number 46563760 drew the winning numbers5 6 7 20 25 28 with a bonus Number 45 for Ontario 49 Lotto under the choice of the lottery in the 2nd category of bi-weekly six.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$940,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fourty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file EAAL/851OYHI/08.
This is from a total cash prize of US $11,100,000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and-thirty (130) 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 draws which will see 500 participants traveling on an all expense paid trip to South Africa for the Soccer World Cup 2010.
In view of this, your US$950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand 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 our African Agent's office.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 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 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 follows: Name :Anton David, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +27 788 432 219 to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents.
Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this program that has ensured that you won this competition. Thank you for being part of our Promotional Lottery program.
Ms. Lorraine .O. Adams
NOTE To confirm that you have the winning number for the Wed Jul 16 2008 draw, visit: http://www.canada.com/findit/lotteries/results.aspx?id=8