March 26, 2012

Discover Announces $1 Million Winner Of Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes

Discover CEO Surprises Northbrook, Ill., Resident and Walgreens Employee with $1 Million Check at Chicago’s Union Station

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 26, 2012-- Discover today announced that Bill Kirkpatrick of Northbrook, Ill., is the grand prize winner of the company’s 2011 Discover Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes. Discover Chairman and CEO David Nelms surprised Kirkpatrick and his family this morning with a check for $1 million as he stepped off the train at Chicago’s Union Station.

William Kirkpatrick Stands with Discover Check (Photo: Business Wire)

William Kirkpatrick Stands with Discover Check (Photo: Business Wire)

Kirkpatrick is a 10-year Walgreens employee who commutes daily by train from Northbrook to Chicago where he works as an e-commerce manager in Walgreens downtown offices. Union Station served as a prime location for the surprise ceremony considering Kirkpatrick’s daily commute, though he was non-committal on whether this morning’s commute may be his last since he won $1 million.

“I have been a loyal Discover cardmember for many years and am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity," said Kirkpatrick. “While I have no plans to retire yet, my main priority is to put away money for my son’s college fund and pay off my mortgage. This truly couldn't have come at a better time and I can't thank Discover enough.”

Discover cardmembers earned one entry into the sweepstakes for every purchase or cash advance transaction made in 2011. Kirkpatrick, a 19-year Discover cardmember, won the grand prize award after being entered into the sweepstakes when he made a grocery purchase with his Discover Card on Jan. 9, 2011, in Northbrook.

Discover’s Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes also awarded $325,000 to public schools across the country as part of the monthly prize in 2011. Throughout the year, 12 cardmembers each won $25,000 and could choose a public school of their choice to receive an additional $25,000. Chicago’s Onahan School and Tinley Park High School were two Chicago area recipients of the monthly prize.

“The Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes demonstrates Discover’s commitment to rewarding its loyal customers simply for choosing and using Discover,” said Nelms. “We can’t think of a better way to show appreciation for our loyal customers than by awarding this $1 million grand prize right here in our hometown of Chicago to Bill, who has been a loyal cardmember for 19 years.”

Discover’s celebration ceremony included a giveaway of free food and coffee to commuters on their way to work and Discover Gift Cards were handed out to the first 100 commuters who showed their Discover Cards.

Since 1986, Discover cardmembers have earned more than $9 billion in Cashback Bonus®. Discover’s 5% Cashback Bonus program has consistently provided cardmembers with the opportunity to earn 5% Cashback Bonus in rotating categories throughout the year. Categories are chosen based on consumer shopping patterns to provide the most relevant and valuable rewards opportunities. Merchant categories offered throughout 2012 include gasoline, groceries, movies, restaurants, museums, theme parks, department stores, as well as electronics and toy retailers.

About Discover

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

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