Dear Mr. Schaller,
You are unfortunately fell for a "Advance Fee Scam".
Winners are not provided, but it brings people to transfer money, dealing with the hope to have won something. The elders come regularly from Ghana, etc.
A handle against the fraudster or a way to regain the money is nearly impossible.
You can report your case to the Fraudpolice. They will take your case, but they have no way against the masterminds to proceed.
Probably, you have paid your money via can Union or MoneyGram. Scammers take advantage of these money transfers, because a reversal is not possible and nobody knows, where the money really goes.
I'm sorry for this bad news.
Please be carefully with profit commitments in the future.
See here for a warning from the Federal Trade Commission regarding international lottery scams in general: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams
Notably, the FTC states: "These lottery solicitations violate U.S. law, which prohibits the cross-border sale or purchase of lottery tickets by phone or mail."
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Anja Merkel, LL.M.