State lottery officials announced yesterday that as of...

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September 09, 1998|By From staff reports

State lottery officials announced yesterday that as of Sept. 28, Lotto jackpot winners can collect their prize in a lump sum rather than over 25 years.

Players can ask for the "cash option" or mark the "cash" box on the Lotto slip. Lotto winners who choose that option will receive a one-time payout equal to the prize pool portion that would have been used to pay the annuity.

If the jackpot annuity value is $5 million, with an interest rate of 6 percent, the cash option will pay a lump sum of approximately $2.7 million.

Sweepstake sponsor agrees to pay state $50,000

American Family Enterprises, sponsors of the American Family Publishers sweepstakes, has agreed to pay the state of Maryland $50,000 to cover the costs of the state's inquiry into the sweepstakes operations.

The Jersey City, N.J.-based company was the subject of an inquiry by the Maryland Attorney General for allegedly misleading consumers, who were mailed promotional material. The company admitted no wrongdoing in the agreement but promised to eliminate potentially misleading claims about the odds of winning.

The company's promotions, which feature celebrity spokesmen Ed McMahon and Dick Clark, are mailed to about 200 million people annually.

A 35-year-old inmate at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup is accused of sexually assaulting a female worker in the annex medical unit yesterday, a corrections official said.

Maxine Eldridge, a Division of Correction spokeswoman, said the inmate is accused of forcing the woman into a bathroom in the medical unit, locking the door and attacking her shortly after 6 a.m.

Eldridge declined to identify the inmate, who was convicted of burglary and malicious destruction of property and began serving a 16-year sentence at the maximum security facility in February 1993. She said that charges in the assault were pending yesterday and the inmate was transferred to the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore.

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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