Sweepstakes Under Scrutiny

Should Congress end deceptive contest ads?

With a box of tissues beside him, Eustace Hall, a retired medical technologist from Brandon, Fla., broke down and cried. A confessed mail-order-sweepstakes addict, Hall, 65, said he has spent at least $15,000 on contests since 1992 trying to help put his daughter through law school. "After all the time and money I spent, I have nothing to show for it," he admitted.

Hall was one of several witnesses to testify last week before the Senate's subcommittee on investigations, chaired by the G.O.P.'s Susan Collins of Maine, who wants to regulate sweepstakes and fine companies engaged in trickery. Sweepstakes organizers, who...

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