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This document is dated Aug 24, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.

First Summit's William Pickering Receives Prestigious "American Award" From
Lincoln Financial Group

PHILADELPHIA, August 24, 2010— Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) today announced that William Pickering, president and chief executive officer of First Summit Financial, Lake Mary, Fla., has received its prestigious American Award.

Pickering is a registered representative and registered principal of Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation.

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The awards are presented each year to financial services professionals who combine business performance excellence, outstanding community service and commitment to family. The American Award, which was presented to Pickering by Dennis R. Glass, president and chief executive officer of Lincoln Financial, is one of the company's top honors.

"Bill exemplifies the values and qualities that the American Award exists to recognize, including his willingness to mentor others to succeed, his affection for his family, and his dedication to giving back to his community," said Glass. "He has long been an inspiration to all of us in this industry, and, on behalf of everyone at Lincoln, I congratulate him on his accomplishments and wish him and his firm continued success."

Pickering is a 32-year industry veteran and an Elite-level member of the PREMIER PARTNERS® program, a group of some of the company's most successful financial services professionals. He is also a Life Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, one of the most prestigious organizations in the financial services industry. In addition to his professional dedication, Pickering is an active philanthropist and community leader. He is a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics, in addition to being actively involved with autism prevention. In addition, he is active with several community food banks.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $140 billion as of June 30, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.


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