Feb. 16, 2012

Emily Resident And Centerville Elementary School Receive $25,000 From Discover

Discover Gives Back to Education Through Its Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes

Centerville, MN. Feb. 16, 2012– Discover today announced that it is donating $25,000 to Centerville Elementary School in Centerville, Minnesota, as part of their Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes promotion. Centerville was chosen by Mary Weis, an Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes November monthly winner who chose the school after picking the name of one of her grandchildren who attends the school out of a hat. Weis has two grandchildren in first and third grade at Centerville Elementary School. Discover presented both Weis and Centerville Elementary with ceremonial $25,000 checks at an afternoon ceremony at the school.

Throughout the year, every purchase made on a Discover card is automatically entered for a chance to win one of 150 daily prizes and a monthly prize of $25,000, which Discover will match with a $25,000 donation to a public school of the winner’s choosing. A grand prize of $1 million will be awarded at the end of the year.

Weis won the monthly prize when she made a $22.43 purchase at a Holiday Station Store in Crosslake with her Discover card in November. Weis is the second Everyday Giveaway monthly winner from Minnesota. In 2011, Discover awarded $25,000 to an Apple Valley resident and Eastview High School.

“I had a hard time believing I had won something at first,” said Weis. “I have several grandchildren so I thought the fairest thing to do was to pick one of their names out of a hat to determine what school should receive the donation. To know that my winnings can help a school my grandchildren attend is a bigger reward. I want to thank Discover and I hope Centerville Elementary School can put the money to good use.”

Catherine Tschida, principal of Centerville Elementary School, was also surprised by the news. “It’s not every day when someone calls to let you know your school has won $25,000, so it was a little hard to believe at first. I would like to thank Mary Weis for picking our school to receive this wonderful gift and also thank Discover for providing our school with this funding opportunity.”

“We believe supporting education is critical,” said Gayle Prete, director of portfolio marketing at Discover. “We know consumers will appreciate not only the great prizes we’re offering with this sweepstakes, but also the chance to make a difference at public schools across the country.”

There is no purchase, transaction or card application necessary to enter or win the Everyday Giveaway Sweepstakes. For official rules, terms and conditions, and the list of participating issuers of Discover cards, please visit www.DiscoverGiveaway.com.

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 www.discoverfinancial.com.


Matthew Towson

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