Sweepstakes settlement coming to Alaska

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Some Alaskans are eligible for restitution as part of the settlement of a multistate lawsuit against Reader's Digest.

Alaska was oneof 32 states alleging Reader's Digest sweepstakes mailings gave people the false impression that they could increase their chance of winning by buying something.

Alaska will receive $75,000 for consumer protection, antitrust investigation and enforcement, and consumer education. The state also received $16,783 in restitution funds for individuals, part of $6 million split among the states.

Alaskans who spent $2,500 or more in fiscal years 1998, 1999 or 2000 will get a letter asking whether they would like a refund.

''They just have to respond, saying 'yes, we would like it,' and they'll receive it,'' said Julia Coster at the state attorney general's office.

Eligible Alaskans can expect the letter at the end of the year, she said.

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