Wednesday, January 9, 2008


I won the lottery - One Million Euro! What luck - I didn't even purchase a ticket. This is obviously my lucky day. Check this out; I got an email ("You Have Won One Million Euro") from the good folks at Schleswig-Holstein Lotto with instructions for how to claim my prize:

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of the Schleswig-Holstein Lotto Program.

Schleswig-Holstein Lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 30,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every year. No tickets were sold.

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to ticketnumber 6239771 drew the lucky numbers 5-3-14-7-5-3 which consequently emerged you as one of first fifty (50) lucky winners in this year lotto program.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of €1,000,000.00 (One Million EURO) in cash credited to file SHL/Spiel-77. This is from a total cash prize of €50 Million Euro shared amongst the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for Schleswig-Holstein. The estimated €50 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in Europe history. The biggest was the €363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a February 2003 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.

Your fund is now deposited in an offshore bank with a hardcover insurance. Note that your lucky number falls within our European booklet representative office in London . In view of this, Our London Representative Office will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with them.

To claim your prize funds, you are required to come directly to our UK office for direct claim. If you have problems with coming to our office you can make a wire transfer of your funds to your private bank account. You can also employ a courier service company to deliver your prize funds to your home or office address.

For a telegraphic transfer of your funds to your private bank account, you are required to send your name and address in full, phone number, and bank information, so as to facilitate the release of your funds to your nominated account.

To begin your claim, contact the office below with information in regards to your claims option.

Mr. Stevens G. Herbert
Schleswig-Holstein Lotto
Information and Payment Bureau:
London Representative Office.

So essentially, they put all the email addys on da intanet in a hat and drew mine. And all I need to do in order to claim my million Euro is to give them my bank information. Awesome deal - there can be no possible downside to this.

I think I'll forward the email to the Northern Norway municipalities involved in the Terra scandal - they could probably use some cold hard cash right about now........


Anders said...

How can people fall for this one? I mean "No tickets were sold", how do they think "Schleswig-Holstein" actually raised the money for the prize? Like if I had 50 mill. euro, I sure would run to my computer and radomly select 50 people who each got one million bucks? Yeah, that's right. That's excatly what I would do...

Wilhelm said...

Well; the fact that emails like this one gets shipped out by the barrel is a clear indication of the "business" concept being sound. Same with the Nigerian email scam - after all these years there must still be enough people who fall for it.

Anders said...

...there's one born every minute.

Blossoming Soul said...

How amazing! I am also a winner in this lottery. We should pool our winnings and umm... well... do something with it.
As I don't have a checking account, it would fall to you to give them your info, but I can tell from your blog entries that I can trust you to share equally in our windfall.
So let me know as soon as the money comes through, 'kay?

Wilhelm said...

Sho 'nuff; I've instructed my financial advisor to provide the fine folks at Schleswig-Holstein with all the necessary info.

/LOL. Nicely played

Anonymous said...

Ive won too!!

Anonymous said...

Me too!!!

Now I go to my boss, kick in the office door, and tell him that I hate him, and I don't need him anymore! And will give him a big punch!!!

Do you think this is a good idea? Should I do it? :):)

Wilhelm said...


I'd say that entirely depends on whether or not you're working pro bono and you're lookin' for a way out, without regard for burning bridges............

Anonymous said...


I've won too!

Guess we're all 50 here soon now?

Yeah, I agree, let's meet up in Vegas or something and make a party out of it ; )

Anonymous said...

Washing money process?
Corruptions schemes?
Sending money to Europe, through the others's bank accounts?
How is possible to keep publishing this robbish in the net, when it is given an office address, and the finantial autorities do not do anything to stop this?

Anonymous said...

Is there anyone out, who reach to claim the lotto prize, I mean a at least a few thousand euros? Hello there, any winner???

Anonymous said...

You mean any winner with the money in his pocket, or into his bank account? No, I am not! I did reach to claim the prize, so far!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm a winner too!! I've recived the same e-mail, but in spanish(I'm form Spain)well something similar to spanish at least...

Anonymous said...

A mi tambien me llego un correo de este tipo y me pregunte si seria valido la extension de correo que tiene ya que no es el servidor de una compañia reconocida de loteria asi que creo es un fraude muy bueno