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Grinch Winner

Among the 500 VISA cardholders who received all of their November and December credit card purchases for free in the Grinch Give Back the Holidays! promotion, was a man who charged $30,000. Vic Cook was awarded the prize money in a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena, California last week. Cook used his Citibank VISA card during the holidays to purchase trips with his wife, gifts for his four children and eight grandchildren, lots of sporting equipment and the latest electronic gadgets for himself. VISA U.S.A. partnered with Universal Pictures and Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to support the blockbuster live-action remake of the holiday classic, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Every time a consumer made a purchase with their VISA card from November 1 through December 31, 2000, they were automatically entered to win the total dollar amount purchased on that card throughout November and December. The more purchases made on the card, the more entries the consumer had into the Sweepstakes. A non-purchase method of entry was also available to consumers. For more details visit

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