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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The postman delivered a letter to us this morning addressed to Lisa's Mum, which is odd as she hasn't lived here for two years, and didn't get much post when she did. Odder still is that it was posted in Malaga, Spain, which is virtually another planet as far as my mother-in-law's concerned. She's never been "over the water", as she so quaintly puts it, and considers the Isle of Wight to be foreign soil.

So on the grounds that it might be something dodgy, I suggested to Lisa that we open it. And boy, am I glad we did. It turns out she's won the lottery!

Intl. Lotto Commission
The letter comes all the way from the International Lotto Commission in Madrid, who are clearly saving a lot of money on ink for their dot matrix printer, and ploughing it all back into the prize fund, because whilst their letterhead has clearly seen better days, their generosity knows no bounds. They're writing to inform Lisa's mother that despite never having been to Spain, bought a ticket, or heard of their international sweepstake programme, she's somehow managed to win €815,950 in the latest draw. Her luck really is in.

Obviously under such circumstances, you'd expect there to be a cheque attached to the letter, but the Intl Lotto Commission must have done their homework and discovered that Lisa's Mum doesn’t have a bank account, because they haven't bothered. Instead, they're asking her to contact them for "processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated address of your choice". Presumably they'll stuff it through her letterbox in used fivers.

Anyway, it's all very exciting, and couldn't have come at a better time. It's her birthday on Saturday, so if she gets hold of her winnings by then, she can pay me back for the photo book.


Phil's Mum said...

I'd love to know how much they would charge her for the phone call!

A Passer-by said...

I came across this on the internet (and lots of similar posts):
 INTERNATIONAL LOTTO COMMISSION (scam)a friend got phone calls saying hes won a euromillions draw in spain and also a letter, i told him its a scam but heck knows what hes going to do, basically there asking him to pay £1.700.00p to a company thats Holding his winnings for him (Atlantico Group Seguridad SA) then they "will" send him his £400k winnings, and from that he has to give 5% to the company that holded his winnings and 10% to the company that entered his name into the drawjust thought id post it here if any one else has got the letter/phone calls,. ill scan and upload the letter later on

Phil said...

Don't worry, my parents can lend us £1,700. We'll have those winnings in no time.