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annuity payment by:

  • (a)

    deducting from the Fixed Account Value, increased or decreased by a market value adjustment described in Appendix A, any premium taxes not previously deducted and any applicable certificate maintenance charge;

  • (b)

    dividing the remainder by $1,000; and

  • (c)

    multiplying the result by the greater of:

  • (i)

    the applicable factor shown in the appropriate table in the Certificate; and

  • (ii)

    the factor we currently offer at the time annuity payments begin. We may base this current factor on the sex of the payee unless we are prohibited by law from doing so.

If you do not select an Annuity Option, we will automatically apply Option B. Unless you choose otherwise, we will apply:

z

Variable Account Value, less any premium taxes not previously deducted and less any applicable certificate maintenance charge, in its entirety to a variable annuity option, and

z

Fixed Account Value, increased or decreased by a market value adjustment described in Appendix A and less any premium taxes not previously deducted, in its entirety to a fixed annuity option.

The same amount applied to a variable option and a fixed option will produce a different initial annuity payment and different subsequent payments.

The payee is the person who will receive the sum payable under a payment option. Any payment option that provides for payments to continue after the death of the payee will not allow the successor payee to extend the period of time over which the remaining payments are to be made.

If the amount available under any variable or fixed option is less than $2,000, we reserve the right to pay such amount in one sum to the payee in lieu of the payment otherwise provided for.

We will make annuity payments monthly unless you have requested in writing quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments. However, if any payment would be less than $100, we reserve the right to reduce the frequency of payments to a period that will result in each payment being at least $100.

Option A: Income For a Fixed Number of Years. We will pay periodic payments for a chosen number of years, not less than 10 nor over 50. You may choose a period of years over 30 only if it does not exceed the difference between age 100 and the payee's age on the date of the first payment. We refer to Option A as Preferred Income Plan (“PIP”) when we are making variable annuity payments. At any time while we are making variable annuity payments, the payee may elect to receive the following amount:

z

the present value of the remaining variable annuity payments, computed in the manner described below; less

z

any surrender charge due by treating the present value as a total surrender.

Instead of receiving a lump sum, the payee may elect another payment option and we will not reduce the amount applied to the new option by the surrender charge above.

If, at the death of the payee, Option A payments, whether variable or fixed, have been made for fewer than the chosen number of years:

z

we will continue payments during the remainder of the period to the successor payee; or

z

the successor payee may elect to receive in a lump sum the present value of the remaining

payments, computed in the manner described below.

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