Sovereign Bank Announces Winner of Get and Give Sweepstakes Pennsylvania mom wins two brand new Audi TT Coupes from a purchase of less than $25

BOSTON, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., today announced that Karen Lencioni of Enola, Pennsylvania is the Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Sovereign Bank Get and Give Sweepstakes.  

As the sweepstakes winner, Ms. Lencioni received the keys to two Audi TT Coupes – one to keep and one to give away to a person of her choosing – at a special ceremony hosted by Eduardo Tobon, head of Santander's U.S. Cards Division, and Charles Reynolds, Sovereign-Santander U.S. Account Director for MasterCard.

Ms. Lencioni, 50, a U.S. Postal Service employee, is the mother of two daughters and has been a Sovereign Bank customer since 1996.  An Enola native, she was accompanied at today's event by her husband, Douglas.  "I've never won anything like this in my life," she said. "I couldn't be more pleased and grateful."

The sweepstakes ran from March 1 through June 30, 2011, and gave Sovereign Debit MasterCard customers one entry into the sweepstakes each time they used their card to make a purchase, up to a maximum of 10 entries.  There were more than 34 million transactions during the contest period.

Ms. Lencioni's winning transaction occurred on March 12 when she used her Sovereign Debit MasterCard to make a $24.40 purchase at an Enola restaurant she frequents each payday.

"For us at Sovereign Bank every purchase our customers make is significant and we want to continue to reward them for their loyalty," Tobon said.  "We are pleased to be able to deliver this experience to Karen and her family and we will continue to deliver innovative promotions to our customers."

"This is a clear example of how MasterCard delivers more value to our issuing banks and their cardholders in ways that matter most to them," said Reynolds. "Like Karen, more and more Sovereign customers are taking advantage of their MasterCard Debit card, putting their checkbook aside and enjoying the convenience and money manageability of making every day purchases like buying groceries to eating out at their favorite restaurant with friends."

John Allen, Sovereign Bank Retail Market Executive for Western Pennsylvania and Maryland, said, "Karen has been our customer for a very long time. We couldn't be happier for her and her family. It's amazing to think that her one swipe at a local restaurant turned out to be the wining entry out of millions."

About Sovereign and Santander

Santander Holdings USA, Inc. (SAN.MC, STD.N) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., and is the holding company for Sovereign Bank and Santander Consumer USA. Banco Santander is a retail and commercial bank, headquartered in Spain, with a presence in 10 main markets: Spain, Portugal, Germany, the UK, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and the U.S. Founded in 1857, Santander has 92 million customers, approximately 14,000 branches –– more than any other international bank – and over 170,000 employees. For more information on Santander, visit http://www.santander.com.

Sovereign Bank is a financial institution with principal markets in the northeastern United States. Sovereign has more than 700 branches, nearly 2,300 ATMs, and approximately 8,000 team members. For more information on Sovereign Bank, visit http://www.sovereignbank.com or call 877-SOV-BANK.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is a global payments and technology company.  It operates the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard's products and solutions make everyday commerce activities—such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances - easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Learn more at mastercard.com or follow us on Twitter @mastercardnews.

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