" We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of winners of the SCHELLENBERG LOTTO PROGRAMS held on 15th, September 2004 as part of our year bonanza. You or your company, attached to ticket number 1416-4612-750, with serial number 3187-17 drew the lucky numbers 31-17-8-28-55, and consequently won the lottery in the "A" category."...
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PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: NBM44125677 AND BATCH NO: 31/107/AY.
RE: PRIZE NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement of winners of the SCHELLENBERG LOTTO PROGRAMS held on 15th, September 2004 as part of our year bonanza. You or your company, attached to ticket number 1416-4612-750, with serial number 3187-17 drew the lucky numbers 31-17-8-28-55, and consequently won the lottery in the "A" category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of One million, five hundred thousand USD in cash credited to file REF NO. REF: NBM44125677.
This is from the total prize money of Sixteen million, five hundred thousand USD shared among the Three (3) international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer Balloting system drawn form 25,000 names from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe and North America and Oceania as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Do accept our Congratulations.Your fund is now deposited with a security House. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope that with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.1 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact the person below:
Name: Mr. David Russel
For due processing and collection of your prize money. Do remember that you must contact your claims agent not later than 16th of November, 2004. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff.
Mr. Alvaro Cortez.