Alaskans start cashing in on annual dividend

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Most eligible Alaskans will find an additional $3,269 in their bank accounts, thanks to direct deposits of their Permanent Fund dividend checks and energy relief payments.

This year's dividend of $2,069 is the largest ever from the state's oil royalty investment program that's been distributed annually since 1982.

The record payout, which was going into bank accounts on Friday, also comes with an additional, one-time $1,200 energy relief check.

To qualify, people must have lived in Alaska one calendar year.

Paper checks will be mailed out, beginning Sept. 30.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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