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Author: Johnson
Posted: 16 Sep 2004

SWISS LOTTO
GESELLSCHAFT SCHWEIZER ZAHLENLOTTO
POSTFACH
4002 BASEL
REF NUMBER: CSL/74/368/04
BATCH NUMBER: CS-121-LT-8-12-04
Email: swisslotto_info@swissmail.net

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

We are pleased to inform you, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT Lottery DRAWS HELD on the 08.09.2004 Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 04-09-19-22-35-39 with serial number 172-488 drew lucky numbers 8-10-17-29-43-47 which consequently won in the 2nd category. you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 4,000,000 EURO (FOUR MILLION DOLLARS)

note that All participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web sites. This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Michael Dell of Dell Computers and other corporate organizations. this is to encourage the use of the Internet and computers worldwide.

For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. . We look forward to your active participation in our next year USD 75 million slot. You are requested to contact our clearance officer below to assist you with your winnings and subsequent payments. all winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of this notice. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.

Sincerely yours,
MRS.MARY VINCENT
(LOTTERY COORDINATOR)

OMG guys, I'm so totally out of here. Gonna go buy that farm in France that I was dreaming about.

Seriously, I thought I'd highlight this one for a few reasons. I won't even touch the obvious "I didn't enter this lottery / Why are they informing me by email?" things that come to mind.

First off, having just returned from France, I can say with some assurance that 4.000.000 € does not equal $4,000,000. In fact, based on where you get a conversion done, it's around and $4,865,000. I'm guessing this originated when they were much closer to 1:1.

Second, I'm struck by the odd pairing of the Sultan of Brunei and Michael Dell. I just don't see it.

Last, but not least, let me get this straight. Are you trying to tell me that there's a substantial lottery out there entirely to encourage use of the Internet and computers worldwide? Why would the Swiss hold it? I haven't seen any usage graphs lately, but I'd be willing to bet that over 50% of Internet users are American. Imagine if the Olympics were held as such? The marathon was 75% Americans with a few other countries tossed in there? Oh, the heart, it weeps. It's just not fair.

It may be the Suburban White Guy in me, but I think it's safe to say that there's a very small minority that's "holding out" on this Internet thing. If you're going to use the Internet in your lifetime, you're probably using it right now. If not, you either live in a third-world country, you're Amish, or you're old and an optical mouse makes you very, very nervous.

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