Alliant Credit Union gave 12 of its members a belated holiday gift by awarding them big money as part of its second annual “Happiest Holiday Ever Sweepstakes.”
From November 15, 2014, to January 15, 2015, each time members used their Alliant Visa® credit card or Alliant Visa® debit card to make a qualifying transaction, they earned one entry in the sweepstakes. There was no limit on the transaction amount or the number of entries they could earn as they used their card for everyday shopping, gas, groceries, online purchases, holiday gifts and more.
On January 30, 2015, 12 lucky winners were randomly selected – six for using their Alliant credit card and six for using their Alliant debit card.
$5,000 Alliant credit card grand winner
Ida Spring, Foster City, CA, got her new Alliant credit card just a few months before she won her prize. “I was already happy with Alliant,” she says. “Now I feel doubly blessed.” At first, she was dubious about whether her bonanza was real even after Alliant sent her the official paperwork to claim the prize. So she visited Alliant’s San Mateo Branch.
$2,500 Alliant credit card first prize winner
Paula Nadell, of Las Vegas, NV, says she had “never ever won anything.” Sure, she lives in Las Vegas. But she doesn’t like to gamble. When out-of-town friends visit and insist on going to a casino, Paula will bring along $20 – the maximum she will allow herself to lose. “On the nightly news, we’re constantly hearing about phone fraud,” she says, “so when I got a call from Alliant about my prize, I found it hard to believe.” Paula listened patiently to Alliant’s bearer of good news for 10 minutes. Still skeptical, she called Alliant the next day to verify – yes, indeed ¬ she was a big winner.
“The prize couldn’t have come at a better time because I had a lot of bills to pay in January,” she says. Sadly, one bill was the cost to put down Purcilla, the sick 15-year old Persian Himalayan cat she had owned and loved since it was eight weeks old.
$5,000 Alliant debit card grand winner
Tom Gustafson, of Chicago, IL, says “I really enjoy everything about Alliant. I’ve only been a member for a few years, but every interaction I’ve had with staff has been outstanding. I can’t emphasize how great it feels (after decades of being a customer at large banks) to be part of an organization that doesn’t simply exist to profit off its members, but is actually there to serve them.”
$2,500 Alliant debit card first prize winner
Geronna Fanelli, of Golden, CO, is a pilot for SkyWest Airlines and flies all over the United States and Canada. When she’s on the ground, she likes to ski, snowboard, rock climb, camp and garden. “I have a huge, beautiful garden in my backyard in the foothills of the Rockies,” she says. She plans to use her winnings as part of a down payment to purchase a home, preferably the house she now rents.
An Alliant member for about three years, she has used Alliant financing to buy a Subaru Outback and for a personal line of credit loan. “I’m really ecstatic that I won the money,” Geronna says. “I’ve never won anything before and this will go a long way toward helping me realize my dream of a house of my own.”
$2,500 Alliant credit card grand winner
Megan Wenzel, of Westbury, NY, has worked in customer service for United Airlines at LaGuardia Airport for 30 years. She had glanced at a banner ad for the sweepstakes on Alliant’s website, but didn’t give it a second thought. “Winning contests is for other people, not me,” she says. “If I ever won anything before, it wasn’t much or memorable.”
The money will come in handy, she says, as she helps her husband, a telecommunications professional, cope with chemotherapy.
“I like Alliant because it’s so easy to do my banking there, including online banking, mobile banking and mobile check deposits,” she adds.
The four other lucky Alliant credit cards winners are:
|$2,500||Michal Javorik||Everett, WA|
|$500||Brian Bradley||Winter Park, FL|
|$500||Gary Bransky||Marengo, IL|
|$500||Bradley Conant||Naperville, IL|
The three other lucky Alliant debit card winners:
|$500||Joshua Chen||Mountain View, CA|
|$500||Eric Rosalia||Hayward, CA|
|$500||Saru Shrestha||Herndon, VA|