MasterCard wants to give you a home for the holidays. Between now and the end of year MasterCard users will be automatically entered to win a $250,000 cash prize in a special holiday promotion. MasterCard’s “A Home for the Holidays” promotion will offer one winner the chance to win the grand prize equal to the cost of a new home ($250,000 in cash). As part of the overall promotion, MasterCard is teaming with four merchant partners to offer cardholders exclusive offers when they use their MasterCard cards this holiday season, including The Sports Authority ($10 off purchases of $50 or more at thesportsauthority.com), JC Penney (save 20% on regular priced items), Loews Cineplex (purchase four Loews Cineplex Gift Certificates with your MasterCard card and get a free $5 Munch Money voucher) and Travelocity.com (save up to 50% on a 7 or 10-day Caribbean or 10-day Panama Canal Cruise with Holland America Line and Travelocity.com. Also receive $100 in MasterCard Travelers Checks to spend on board). Consumers who visit MasterCard’s Web site will also have an opportunity to participate in an online “Scratch-n-Win” contest whereby they can win prizes including an Apple Power MAC G4 Cube, Palm VII, $250 CardEx MasterCard GiftCard, a Just Go Scooter or a $50 CardEx MasterCard GiftCard. For more information visit www.mastercard.com.