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LINCOLN NATIONAL CORPORATION ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:00 a.m. Local Time The Ritz-Carlton Hotel* 10 Avenue of the Arts Philadelphia, PA 19102 Directions to the Lincoln National Corporation Annual Meeting can be found on our website at www.lfg.com Shareholder Meeting Notice & Admission Ticket Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Shareholder Meeting to be Held on June 11, 2020. Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Lincoln National Corporation will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102 on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Local Time.* *Although we currently are planning to hold our Annual Meeting in person, as part of our precautions relating to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, we are planning for the possibility that the Annual Meeting may need to be held solely by means of remote communication this year. If we need to take this step, we will take the necessary actions to allow us to do so and we will announce the decision in advance. The announcement, which we will also post on our website at www.lfg.com, will contain details on how to participate in the Annual Meeting. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. The Proxy Statement and 2019 Annual Report to Shareholders are available for you to review online at www.proxydocs.com/lnc . If you want to receive a paper copy or an e-mail with links to the electronic materials, you must request one. There is no charge to you for requesting a copy. Please make your request for a copy as instructed on the reverse side of this notice on or before May 30, 2020, to facilitate timely delivery. The Board of Directors Unanimously Recommends a Vote “FOR” the election of each Director, “FOR” Items 2, 3 and 4, and “AGAINST” Items 5 and 6. 1.The election of ten directors for a one-year term expiring at the 2021 Annual Meeting. 2.The ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for 2020. 3.The approval of an advisory resolution on the compensation of our named executive officers. 4.The approval of the Lincoln National Corporation 2020 Incentive Compensation Plan. 5.Shareholder proposal to amend our bylaws to remove the one-year holding requirement from our special shareholder meeting right. 6.Shareholder proposal to amend our corporate governance documents to require an independent board chairman. THIS IS NOT A FORM FOR VOTING You may immediately vote your proxy on the Internet at: www.proxypush.com/lnc • Use the Internet to vote your proxy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until 11:59 p.m. (CT) on June 10, 2020. • Voting cutoff for participants in the LNC 401(k) Savings Plan, the LNL Agents’ 401(k) Savings Plan and the LNL ABGA Money Purchase Plan is 11:59 p.m. (CT) on June 8, 2020. • Please have this Notice and the last four digits of your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number available. Follow the instructions to vote your proxy. Scan code to the right for mobile voting. Your Internet vote authorizes the proxies named in the proxy cards/voting instructions to vote your shares in the same manner as if you marked, signed and returned your proxy card. Shareowner Services P.O. Box 64945 St. Paul, MN 55164-0945 FPO


To request paper copies of the proxy materials, which include the proxy card, proxy statement and annual report, please contact us via: :Internet/Mobile – Access the Internet and go to www.investorelections.com/lnc . Follow the instructions to log in, and order copies. (Telephone – Call us free of charge at 866-870-3684 in the U.S. or Canada, using a touch-tone phone, and follow the instructions to log in and order copies.  *Email – Send us an email at paper@investorelections.com with “LNC Materials Request” in the subject line. The email must include: • The 11-digit control # located in the box in the upper right hand corner on the front of this notice. • Your preference to receive printed materials via mail -or- to receive an email with links to the electronic materials. • If you choose email delivery, you must include the email address. • If you would like this election to apply to delivery of material for all future meetings, write the word “Permanent” and include the last 4 digits of your Tax ID number in the email. Important Information about the Notice of Proxy Materials This Notice Regarding the Online Availability of Proxy Materials (Notice) is provided to shareholders in place of the printed materials for the upcoming Shareholder Meeting. Information about the Notice: In 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a voluntary rule permitting Internet-based delivery of proxy materials. Companies can now send Notices, rather than printed proxy materials, to shareholders. This may help lower mailing, printing and storage costs for the company, while minimizing environmental impact. This Notice contains specific information regarding the meeting, proposals and the internet site where the proxy materials may be found. To view the proxy materials online: Please refer to the instructions in this Notice on how to access and view the proxy materials online, including the proxy card, annual report and proxy statement. To receive paper copies of the proxy materials: Please refer to the instructions in this Notice on how to request hard copies of proxy materials via phone, email or Internet. If you plan to attend the annual meeting, please bring this admission ticket with you. This ticket admits the shareholder. All meeting attendees must present valid government-issued photo identification. For your safety, all personal belongings or effects including bags, purses, and briefcases are subject to inspection. With the exception of purses and notepads, no personal items such as briefcases or bags, of any type, may be carried into the meeting area. The use of photographic and recording devices is prohibited in the meeting room.

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