Attorneys General from Iowa and 25 other states have won a victory in their legal battle against the Publishers Clearinghouse magazine sweepstakes.Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says Publishers Clearinghouse deceived people by implying their chances of winning improved if they bought a magazine. He says the settlement will bring real reform to the sweepstakes.Publishers Clearinghouse has agreed to pay 19-million dollars in restitution to consumers. Just how consumers will get their hands on that money hasn’t been decided. Miller says they’re currently developing the restitution process.Iowa’s share of the settlement is about three-hundred-80 thousand dollars.Publishers Clearinghouse is the largest company in the sweepstakes business, and Miller says that’s why the Attorneys General focused on that company. The number two sweepstakes firm, American Family Publishers, is in the process of going out of business, according to Miller.
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