Ideal CU Holiday Debit Card Giveaway has paid out $28K since 2012 – four more weekly $1K winners to come in 2019!

WOODBURY, MN (November 19, 2019)Ideal Credit Union’s popular $1,000 Holiday Debit Card Giveaway is back for another four weeks this holiday season. Ideal CU has held this yearly holiday promotion since 2012 and has given away $28,000 to 28 lucky members. To qualify, members with an Ideal CU personal checking account simply use their Ideal CU Debit Mastercard® or My RewardsTM Gold or Platinum Debit Card for purchases and earn a chance to win one of Ideal CU’s four weekly $1,000 random drawings. Members earn 100 bonus entries into the weekly drawing when they make 25 or more purchases a week.

The $1,000 Holiday Debit Card Giveaway runs over the holiday shopping season from November 20 – December 17, 2019. Official rules and disclosure information can be found at

“Our annual Holiday Debit Card Giveaway is a fun and exciting way to reward members for using their Ideal CU Debit Mastercard during the busy holiday shopping season when convenience and access are so important,” said Brian Sherrick, Ideal CU President/CEO. Previous winners have used the unexpected cash to pay bills, buy more holiday gifts or travel. One winner had just decided to pursue her dream of becoming a personal trainer, but was concerned about where she would find the $1,000 tuition. She then got the call from Ideal with the exciting news that she had been chosen at random – just for using her Ideal CU Debit Card for every day purchases.

The annual holiday giveaway is just one of the many ways Ideal CU rewards members for using their Debit Card. Throughout 2019, Ideal has been giving away $1,000 a month to one lucky winner in our “Use & Win” Debit Card Giveaway. To-date, 33 lucky winners have been chosen at random to receive the $1,000 monthly prize since this exciting monthly member giveaway began in January of 2017. Ideal will continue the monthly $1,000 Use & Win promotion in 2020.

With the My RewardsTM Debit Card from Ideal Credit Union, members earn points for everyday purchases, and bonus points or cash back when shopping online through the Rewards website. Points can be redeemed for hundreds of exciting gift items, such as gift cards, electronics and fun getaways. Card benefits also include extended warranty coverage, prescription savings, roadside assistance, medical evacuation and travel assistance services, hotel and car rental discounts and more.

Ideal CU member and 2018 Week #4 winner Colleen Jones, (center), knew about the Holiday Debit Card giveaway but had never won anything, so it made her day! She planned to use her $1,000 winnings for Christmas. Ideal has held this popular holiday promotion since 2012 and to-date has given away $28,000 to 28 lucky members.

About Ideal Credit Union

Founded in 1926, Ideal Credit Union is a member owned financial institution that is dedicated to providing financial services driven by a sincere and personal interest in the needs of our employees, members and community. Ideal CU offers a complete range of services, including a full suite of digital banking products, savings, checking, loans, mortgage products, business services and more. Offices are located in Eagan, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, North St. Paul, Stillwater and Woodbury. Visit for details and directions. Ideal has been voted “Best Credit Union in the East Metro” five years in a row by readers of the Stillwater Gazette, “Best Credit Union in the Forest Lake Area” by readers of the Forest Lake Times, and was named a 2021 Star Tribune Top Workplace. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS# 401783.


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