The Sweepstakes Biz Isn't Feeling Lucky

Congress starts cracking down on magazine contests

It was a riveting display, even for an impeachment-numbed Congress. Eustace Hall, 65, a retired medical technician from Florida, broke down in sobs on Mar. 9 as he told a Senate investigations subcommittee about the $20,000 debt he racked up trying to win magazine sweepstakes. Behind him, a roomful of high-dollar lobbyists for the sweepstakes industry sat stone-faced, scribbling notes for the counteroffensive.

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