Discover Card Million Dollar Sweepstakes

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Q: How does the Discover million dollar giveaway work?

A: Being that their motto is “It Pays To Discover” it comes as no surprise to me that they decided to run a sweepstakes like this. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this Discover card sweepstakes repeated every year.

When does the contest run?
The Discover Card million dollar sweepstakes takes place from January 1st through December 31st (so all year long).

discover card million dollars contestHow do you enter?
Discover cardmembers receive one sweepstakes entry for each purchase they make using their card. During 2011, Certain categories of spending receive 9 extra bonus entries per transactions (so 10 entries total per purchase). These bonus categories change each month.

No purchase, card application, or transaction is necessary to enter the sweepstakes: those without a Discover card can enter once per day by mailing in their info on a 3 x 5 inch piece of paper along with a self-addresses stamped envelope. But of course, it’s obviously much simpler to play by just using your Discover card.

What are the prizes?
The Discover card million dollar sweepstakes is actually giving away a lot more than a $1,000,000. Here are the prizes for 2011:

  • Daily – 150 Discover gift cards ($25 each)
  • Monthly – $25,000 for you and $25,000 for the school of your choice
  • End of Year – $1,000,000 grand prize

After the sweepstakes ends (12/31) there will be one grand prize winner randomly selected from all the entries over the course of the year. This grand prize winner will be awarded $1,000,000. Unlike the lottery which pays installments, this prize will be given in one lump sum for the entire amount…. pretty cool, huh?

How many total winners will there be?
According to me calculations, 150 daily winners x 365 days = 54,750. Then when you add in the monthly prizes (12) and the one grand prize winner, I suppose that would mean there will be a total of 54,763 winners from the Discover Card sweepstakes in 2011.

When are the winners notified?
From what I gather, winners are notified via mail in the days/weeks following each daily drawing. The $1,000,000 grand prize drawing won’t take place until January of next year, so obviously that winner won’t know until around that time.

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15 comments... read them below or add your own

  1. Linda Hays December 5, 2013 at 10:09AM

    Well I have had my credit card a long time as of yet I have not won a single thing.Sure would be good to win that million.HEY why not ,I use my card a lot sometimes

  2. Judith A. Browning October 15, 2013 at 10:37AM

    Why are the names of winners never published in Discover mailings or in local newspapers? Makes me wonder if there really are winners at all or just a gimmick to motivate Discover card holders to purchase more and run up a large bill so that more interest will need to be paid to Discover.

    • Clark Rinker June 20, 2014 at 2:04PM

      It’s a gimmick…

  3. carl jones January 3, 2013 at 10:31AM

    would like to win this sweepstakes, million dollars taste better than chicken

  4. Lake Orion April 21, 2011 at 12:51PM

    I am an actual daily winner…got a $25.00 gift card in the mail today.


  5. Fred Matthews January 17, 2011 at 10:38AM

    Who won the million dollars from 2010? Please respond.

  6. Ainalem Molla January 12, 2011 at 7:03PM

    I have not given up for winning the 1 million in 2010. I have been opening my mails everyday to check for good news. When is the day I should give up for 2010?

  7. Donna McCray January 9, 2011 at 1:24AM

    i would love to win. not sure if i will have my home for long. not sure if i will be laid off. it would be a blessing for me to win.

  8. Trish1770 September 27, 2010 at 6:21PM

    Winners are notified by telephone, so they can watch for the gift card in the mail. Got my call today!

  9. CarolinaW August 20, 2010 at 11:17AM

    So, are Sam’s Club Discover card carriers eligible for the “Discover Card Million Dollar Sweepstakes?”

    • Michelle Corey November 3, 2011 at 6:28PM

      Yes, Trish1770, Sam’s Club Discover Cards are eligible, I know for certain, because I work in marketing for them and the television loop from the home office displays information about it at least once every hour.

      • Michelle Corey November 3, 2011 at 6:30PM

        My appologies, CarolinaW

  10. leah j franklin May 27, 2010 at 8:01AM

    well good luck to everyone!

  11. Anthony April 23, 2010 at 8:09PM

    I use Discover for the cash back, not this!

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