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Federal Trade Commission and State of Missouri, Plaintiffs, v. Next-Gen, Inc., a corporation, also doing business as Award Notification Services, Cash Claim Advisors, Central Award Distribution, International Award Services, National Award Commission, Prize Notification Services Foundation, and Security Dispatch, Ltd.; Westport Enterprises, Inc., a corporation, also doing business as Award Prize Advisory, Award Review Board, Cash Claim Advisors, National Awards Commission, and Security Dispatch, Ltd.; Opportunities Unlimited Publications, Inc., a corporation, also doing business as Entertainment Awards Center, International Award Payment Center, North American Awards Center, and Puzzle Mania; Opportunities Management Co., a corporation; Summit Management Team, LLC, a limited liability company; Contest America Publishers, Inc., a corporation, also doing business as Entertainment Award Company and International Awards Payment Center; Reveal Publications, LLC, a limited liability company, also doing business as National Research Company, Fortune Research Bureau, and Financial Report Services; AOSR Corporation, a corporation, formerly known as Subscription Reporter Corporation, formerly known as Sweepstakes Reporter Co., Inc., also doing business as American Sweepstakes Publisher and National Bureau; Lighthouse FLA Enterprises, LLC, a limited liability company, Gamer Designs, LLC, a limited liability company; Kevin R. Brandes; and William J. Graham, Defendants.
FTC Matter/File Number
172 3133
X180023
Civil Action Number
4:18-CV-0128
Enforcement Type
Federal Injunctions
Federal Court
Western District of Missouri

Case Summary

In 2019, the operators of a sweepstakes scam that appeared to target seniors agreed to forfeit a record $30 million in cash and assets and will be permanently banned from the prize promotion business under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. In July 2022, the FTC returned almost $25 million to consumers worldwide who were defrauded by the scheme.