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VACCO SWEEPSTAKES SUIT SETTLED FOR $750,000

The winning number to the American Family Publishers sweepstakes turned out to be the phone number of the state attorney general's office, which parlayed a surge in complaints about the magazine peddler into a $750,000 settlement.

Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco said the deal will pay $60 each to about 12,000 New Yorkers, a better deal, he said, than that reached by 32 states and the District of Columbia, which settled in March for a total of $1.25 million -- all of which goes to governments.

Vacco said at a news conference that his deal provided for American Family Publishers to agree for the first time to compensate people who bought magazines because they thought the purchase would improve their chances of winning.

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