It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I’m A Winner!!

I’ve come into my fortune, at last! I knew it was only a matter of time, and this morning, it happened.

There, in my Inbox,

***Your Email Address Have Won***

Couldn’t be clearer than that now, could it? See, it’s because of some changes in the laws over there in Europe…

With the introduction of new types of games, with the ushering in of on-line technology and with the permits issued under EU law to EU countries to compete for concessions to run games in Italy and on the internet, we are launching our first international program.

(Which could be a little clearer, but you get the gist.)

And changes in how they run their lottery…

We are running a program where instead of bought tickets and numbers in the ballots we use email addresses. All contestants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from email addresses taken from all over the world.

And I really should be excited, because…

[My] E-mail address has come up as one of the winners; you have therefore won the sum of One Million United States Dollars (US $1,000,000, 00).

One million dollars! US! That’s, like, um… MORE than one million dollars! CDN!!!

The only part that confuses me is that I have to follow a link and check out their terms and conditions. If I’ve won, then surely all they need do is send me the cheque?

And why, at the bottom, are they thanking me for for “being part of our promotional program”?

But they’re very nice about it:

Congratulations once more from all of us at Superenalotto!!

And when I’m rich, I’ll remember all my friends. Promise.

So I’m wondering: how many of YOU also woke up and discovered that you, too, were millionaires?

January 24, 2007 - Posted by | memes and quizzes, random and odd


  1. Congatulations! I am afraid to even open such emails. I delete them when I see the subject. I too may have been a winner and I deleted it before I got the news.

    Comment by Peter | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  2. Me too. Just delete them with the rest of the Spam. Aside from the lottery win, I’ve also had all sorts of relatives of disposed African rulers and opposition leaders after me, begging me to take millions of dollars into my bank account. Haven’t had those in years, but now they seem to be back with a vengeance.

    If only it worked. Just once.

    Oh, and hi, I’m new. Have one kid in a home daycare (just moved her out of a dysfunctional one, actually), so it’s sorta weird to see the other side πŸ™‚

    Comment by smashedpea | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh you poor thing! I won $248 million yesterday, and Aggie won Β£350 million! you’re just not trying:-)

    If you look closely enough you will find the small print somewhere that says “just send us $x.xx and $millions will soon be in the post” – not to you though, obviouly:-)

    What baffles me is how many people still obviously fall for these.

    Comment by juggling mother | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  4. That comment from Juggling Mother is rather cynical. Spoilsport.

    I hope that you won’t leave your sweetie out of your plans when you bring home the million US$. This is probably your big opportunity to ditch me, if you’re only in the relationship for the financial benefits.


    Comment by Stephen | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. Why do I only seem to get penile impant SPAM?

    Comment by L. | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  6. Why can’t all these big giveaway prize patrol people learn to SPELL? Or at least use spell check? πŸ™‚

    (Those purportedly from PayPal or Amazon ones *really* make me laugh – I’m pretty sure that those huge companies, IF they were to send out mass emails to their customers at all, have crack proofreaders at their service who can actually make an email sound as though it was written by someone who speaks English rather fluently.)

    Comment by Heath | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  7. I make millions daily. What I could really use is a breast enlargement, though. Do you know where I can find that?

    Comment by Matthew | January 24, 2007 | Reply

  8. 1-Peter: I never open them if they have an attachment, but this one didn’t. However, there was no way I was going to click on the link they provided so as to get the rules for claiming – and thus let them know this was a valid email address! My paranoia has probably prevented me from achieving my fortune, but what can you do?

    2-SmashedPea: Hello, and welcome! Hope you find the stories entertaining (some even find them educational) and that you’ll be back for more! Lately, all I’m receiving are lots and lots of offers for Vi*gr* and X*nt*x. So I can be mellow and yet rise to the occasion… Assuming I had the necessary equipment.

    3-JugglingMother: The small print was no doubt in the link they provided – which I was not fool enough to follow. Still, I could thereby have forfeit my one and only chance at riches. Not as much as the riches you’ve forfeit, I grant you! Maybe they figure if the figure’s bigger, you’re more likely to fall for it?

    4-Stephen: LMAO Ah, but I’m rich in love, no?

    5-L: Dunno. Do they know something? Lately, I’ve been awash in drug ads. Should I be worrying?

    6-Heath: Doesn’t it make you laugh? Yes, yes, I am going to send my hard-earned money to someone who can neither write nor spell!

    7-Matthew: For you or the wife? You’re on thin ice here, I fear… Right there with L and all her penis enhancers.

    Comment by MaryP | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  9. Just today I realized I had won the canadian lottery! How much do you win with canadian lottery? I bet you can tell me.

    Comment by anabell | January 25, 2007 | Reply

  10. Oh how they’ve won πŸ™‚

    As soon as you click the link, it verifies your email as a real one. I bet your spam increases after that.

    If your lucky you will end up like me, approx 150 emails a day, out of which approx 147 are spam 😦

    Comment by Si | February 2, 2007 | Reply

  11. it’s looklike same case of me, just ignore it…

    Comment by adamVianney | February 3, 2009 | Reply

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