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Arsenal Credit Union Member Wins Fantasy Shopping Spree in Chicago

Elva Ross, a long-time member of Arsenal Credit Union (Arnold), is headed to the Windy City after winning a place at the starting line for the Credit Union Magic Minute. Ross will be joining nine other lucky sweepstakes winners from credit unions across the country to participate in the shopping thrill of a lifetime.

On December 5, she and her shopping buddy will have 60 seconds to load their oversized shopping cart with as much merchandise from the shelves of a warehouse stacked to the rafters with high-end goodies, such as laptops, tablets, flat-screen TVs and home appliances.

Ross has been banking with Arsenal for 25 years. She qualified for the random drawing on October 7 by using her Arsenal debit card to make at least two purchases during the week of September 15-21.

“We’re thrilled one of our members was selected,” said Karen Elder, who manages the card services program and call center at Arsenal. “The Magic Minute sweepstakes generated a lot of interest from our cardholders. For Elva, it’s going to be quite an exciting moment when the horn sounds and the shopping starts. We’ll have one of our employees there to cheer her on and capture everything with a camera.”

Over 100 credit unions that offer CURewards® loyalty rewards programs to their members enrolled to participate in the Credit Union Magic Minute sweepstakes. Cardholders from participating credit unions then had to register for the sweepstakes and make at least two purchases with their credit union’s credit or debit rewards cards to have their names entered in the drawings for sweepstakes winners. The promotion was sponsored by PSCU, a credit union service organization (CUSO).

The sweepstakes winner’s package includes a 3-day and 2-night trip for two to Chicago. The package also includes round-trip coach transportation to/from Chicago from the major airport nearest the winner’s home, hotel accommodations, meals and the actual Magic Minute dash event. The approximate retail value of each grand prize package including payment for income taxes is $13,000.