Sovereign Bank Announces Valentine's Day Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes is first in a series of four with Grand Prize winner receiving two tickets for Caribbean Cruise

Jan 29, 2010, 14:19 ET from Sovereign Bank

BOSTON, Jan. 29  /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Bank today announced a new limited time only Valentine's Day Sweepstakes to promote its Sovereign Cash Rewards program.  The Valentine's Day Sweepstakes is the first in a series of four quarterly sweepstakes that will take place throughout 2010, culminating with the final Grand Prize drawing for a Caribbean cruise for two.  

From Jan. 28, 2010 through Feb. 14, 2010, Sovereign Bank Debit Card holders who register in the Sovereign Cash Rewards Program and/or make a purchase at any retailer will receive one entry into the Valentine's Day Sweepstakes.  In addition, cardholders will earn a double entry into the contest anytime they make a "signature purchase."  A signature purchase is defined as a purchase in which the cardholder does not have to enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at the point of purchase.  No purchase is required to participate in any sweepstakes Sovereign Bank sponsors.

Through the Sovereign Cash Rewards Program, customers can earn cash rewards up to 20 percent when they use their Sovereign Debit Card at participating retailers in-store or online through the Sovereign Cash Rewards web site.

"At Sovereign we are always looking for new ways to engage and show appreciation for our customers," said Nuno Matos, Head of Retail Business Development at Sovereign.  "The Valentine's Day Sweepstakes provides Sovereign Debit Card holders with the opportunity to win prizes by simply using their card."

Two first-prize winners of the Valentine's Day Sweepstakes will receive a brand new Hewlett Packard Netbook and five second-prize winners will receive a voucher for dinner at a local restaurant.  Other prizes include iPod Nanos, iPod Shuffles, retail gift cards and more.  A complete list of participating retailers, prizes, and terms and conditions is available at

Any Sovereign Debit Card customer who is automatically entered in any of the four sweepstakes will receive one automatic entry for the Grand Prize drawing. The sweepstakes is open to new and existing Sovereign Bank debit card holders, and the general public. The Grand Prize is a Caribbean cruise for two.  The Grand Prize drawing will take place on January 10, 2011.

About Sovereign

Sovereign Bank, a subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., is a financial institution with principal markets in the northeastern United States. Sovereign has more than 700 branches, over 2,300 ATMs and approximately 9,000 team members.  For more information on Sovereign Bank, visit or call 877-SOV-BANK.

Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N) is a retail and commercial bank, headquartered in Spain and with a presence in 40 countries. At the end of 2008, Santander was the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and third in the world by profit. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1,271 billion in managed funds at the end of 2008.  Santander has 90 million customers, around 14,000 branches -- more than any other international bank -- and over 170,000 employees. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America, with leading positions in the United Kingdom and Portugal and a broad presence in Europe through its Santander Consumer Finance arm.

SOURCE Sovereign Bank