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Discover's Millionaire

One lucky Discover cardholder got some serious cash-back over the New Year’s weekend. Samuel Mundy of Accokeek, MD was the recipient of the $1 million grand prize in the Discover Card Cashback Bonus Countdown Sweepstakes amid thousands of cheering New Year’s Eve revelers in New York’s Times Square. Mundy’s name was revealed on the Discover Card sign atop One Times Square Friday morning. Five finalists were selected from a pool of 2,000 qualifiers in the sweepstakes. Each finalist and a guest received a trip to Times Square for New Year’s Eve to be present for the announcement of the winner. In addition to the trip to New York, the remaining four finalists each won $25,000. The finalists were Jean P. Ansermet of Urbana, IL, Sidney H. Gimre II of Newton, IA, Glenn R. Layton of Avenel, NJ, and Donna J. Soper of Birchwood, WI. The Discover Card began announcing 2,000 qualifiers on Sat, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. EST, one for each hour remaining in 1999. These 2,000 qualifiers each won a special $100 Cashback Bonus award and were announced on the Discover Card sign in Times Square as well as on Discover’s website. Discover Card’s 55’x55′ electronic billboard is directly below the spot where the famous New Year’s Eve ball descends. The sign is seen by 1.5 million people every day and 30 million tourists a year. For more information visit

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