Discover® today announced the grand prize, million dollar
winner of the company’s inaugural 2010 “It Pays to Discover Everyday
Giveaway” sweepstakes. Lillian Pariseault, of New Port Richey, Fla., was
awarded $1 million for a purchase made on her Discover Card at Haller’s
Automotive, also in New Port Richey.
Lillian Pariseault, of New Port Richey, Florida, is comforted by her daughter as she learns she's the $1 million winner of Discover's "It Pays to Discover Everyday Giveaway" (Photo: Jeff Berger, Discover)
Pariseault, 86, is retired and lives with her youngest daughter, a
special needs adult whom Pariseault has cared for her whole life. Family
and friends attended a surprise announcement celebration at Haller’s
Automotive, where Harit Talwar, President of U.S. Cards for Discover,
presented Pariseault with a $1 million check. Pariseault, who was driven
by limo to Haller’s Automotive, knew she had won a substantial prize but
said she thought it would be no more than a thousand dollars.
“Never in my lifetime did I believe this would happen to me,” said
Pariseault, who could not yet say what she would do with the million
dollar prize. “I love Discover Card and have cut up other cards because
Discover is my favorite.” Pariseault cited Discover’s customer service
as one of her favorite aspects of the card.
During the national sweepstakes, which launched in January 2010,
cardmembers were automatically entered for a chance to win thousands of
dollars in daily prizes leading up to the grand prize of $1 million with
every purchase they made. Every day throughout the year, 75 winners were
chosen to receive a gift card valued between $25 and $500, totaling over
25,000 winners and an additional $1 million in total prize money.
“Discover has a long-standing history of giving back, whether through
our award-winning Cashback Bonus program, our charitable
initiatives or by helping cardmembers achieve a brighter financial
future,” said Talwar. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than
by awarding this million dollar grand prize to Lillian, a loyal Discover
cardmember for 10 years. The Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes is a fun and
exciting way to engage with our cardmembers and reward them simply for
making everyday purchases with Discover cards.”
Shawn Lauer, owner of Haller’s Automotive, joined in on the celebration.
“I’m really glad it was Lillian – she’s a great customer and a great
person. It’s exciting to see everyone celebrate with her and her family.”
Following its successful inaugural year, Discover recently announced the
2011 Discover Everyday Giveaway, which includes more prizes, more
chances to win, and the opportunity to give back to public schools. In
addition to daily prizes, one monthly winner will be chosen randomly to
receive $25,000, which Discover will match with a $25,000 donation to a
public school of the winner’s choosing. In early 2012, one lucky winner
will be chosen randomly for the $1 million grand prize in cash.
There is no purchase, transaction or card application necessary to enter
or win. For sweepstakes rules, terms and conditions, and the list of
participating issuers of Discover cards, please visit www.DiscoverGiveaway.com.
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment
services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S.
financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become
one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company
operates the Discover
card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers personal and
student loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and
money market accounts through its Discover
Bank subsidiary. Its payment businesses consist of Discover
Network, with millions of merchant and
cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit
networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with
acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more
information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com.
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