CINCINNATI, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 2010 tax season in full swing, RushCard announced today that the "Lunch with Russell" tax season sweepstakes, now in its second year, will reward one lucky cardholder for direct depositing their tax refund onto their Prepaid Visa RushCard.
Offered as a free RushCard feature, direct deposit is a safer, more convenient way to receive payments. With direct deposit, members will receive their tax refunds 2-4 weeks faster than they would a paper check, and don't have to worry about checks being lost or stolen in the mail.
Until April 30, 2010, RushCard members who direct deposit their federal or state tax refunds of $100 or more will automatically be entered to win a trip for themselves and a friend to New York to have an exclusive lunch with Russell Simmons, philanthropist, entrepreneur and creator of the RushCard. The winner will also win a shopping spree and a personal financial consultation on better money management.
"I'm very excited to present the tax time sweepstakes for a second time," said Simmons. "Last year's winner, Santina Bell, and I had a very meaningful meeting in New York. Her experience as a RushCard member helped me to gain insight on how the card really helps people. I look forward to having lunch with this year's winner, making his or her experience in New York memorable."
For members who sign up for a new Diamond RushCard and make a tax or any other direct deposit by April 15th, RushCard will waive the card activation fee. As a Diamond RushCard cardholder, members can benefit from a worry-free, fixed monthly fee that includes unlimited free signature transactions and two free ATM withdrawals each month.
"It was truly a blessing to be selected as winner of the 2009 tax time sweepstakes," said Santina Bell, RushCard member. "My reward included a shopping spree which enabled me to buy much-needed items for myself and my family. Meeting Russell was an enlightening experience and I'm so grateful for that opportunity."
All members can take advantage of RushCard's newest features including card-to-card transfer and the prescription drug discount card program. With card to card transfers, RushCard members can instantly transfer money between cards at a fraction of the cost they'd pay to move money through leading wire transfer services.
"RushCard has made life a lot easier for people who most need the help by making money transfers a lot more affordable than transfers through banks or wire services," said Simmons. "It's important for our members to have this service during the tax season, a time when they have more cash to save or help their loved ones."
The free prescription drug discount card will entitle members to receive discounts of 10 to 85 percent on their generic and brand name prescription drugs at more than 56,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including chains and independent pharmacies.
Anyone interested in applying for a RushCard can apply online at www.rushcard.com, or call the toll-free member services line at 1 (866) RUSHCARD. To see official contest rules and see last year's winner, please visit: www.rushcard.com/taxtime/sweepstakes.
About UniRush LLC
Headquartered in Cincinnati, UniRush LLC was created to offer the over 48 million Americans without access to a traditional banking relationship an array of basic financial services via the Prepaid Visa RushCard. Benefits of the program include direct deposit, the ability to withdraw funds at over 850,000 ATMs globally, the ability to use the card wherever Visa debit cards are accepted and free 24/7 customer service. For more information about UniRush and RushCard visit www.rushcard.com
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