It was not.
It was a very cleaver scam and one that all should know of. The predators are getting very slick.
Tuesday morning I went to work investigating this letter and check sent to me. Only one goggle search took me to my answers. The scam works like this....
You receive a notice of a winning or gift. Enclosed is a check for over 3000.00 dollars to cover the so called taxes. You deposit the check then you send a wire transfer of 2000.00 then you will receive your check for 75,000. In the mean time your check is returned NSF and you are out the 2K plus bounce fees. I am reporting this to the authorities and have posted this info on various sites also.
SO... don't do it!!! I will never mention anything again here without doing investigation first going forward. I fell like a total putz for putting it up to begin with before I checked it out. My intention was to inspire some hope. I apologize to any that this may have affected.
I am still hopeful for the Prosperity Program rumors but I am way more realistic now.