State of Ohio Worker Claims $25,000 American DreamCard™ Sweepstakes Jackpot

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Leroy Bell of Beachwood, Ohio, wins the First MonthÂ?s Cash Prize

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The American DreamCard™ Sweepstakes’ first winner of the monthly cash jackpot was Leroy Bell, a claims specialist for the State of Ohio.

“I am so happy, so elated to have won,” Bell said when he claimed the $25,000 jackpot from the first month’s drawing. He is a resident of Beachwood, Ohio, a community of over 13,000 just outside Cleveland.

Bell, 55, who has six children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, has worked for 23 years as a claims specialist in the Workers’ Compensation division of the State of Ohio. Bell’s initial reaction was one of disbelief; he was not convinced he had won until he spoke with a top bank officer.

Now that winning $25,000 is a reality, Bell said his plans for the money are to pay off some bills and then look into buying a new car.

Direct Merchants Credit Card Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of Metris Companies Inc. (NYSE: MXT), recently launched the new Platinum MasterCard called the American DreamCard. What makes this card so different is that the American DreamCard MasterCard Card program includes a sweepstakes that gives cardholders an opportunity to win a monthly cash jackpot every time they spend $1.00 on everyday purchases.*

The American DreamCard is not a lottery; it is a MasterCard, so there is no need to stand in line, buy tickets or pick numbers. Cardholders simply use the card for everyday purchases and get an entry for every net $1.00 spent on the American DreamCard (up to 1,000 entries per purchase)*. The monthly jackpot may grow with the amount of money spent on the American DreamCard by all American DreamCard cardholders. Credit applications are being taken at, and applicants receive 1,000 entries just for completing an application. The credit card has no annual fee and a competitive annual percentage rate.

*No purchase necessary. Sweepstakes open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older. Current Sweepstakes ends 9/30/05. The Sweepstakes may be run again after the conclusion of this Sweepstakes at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. American DreamCard Official Sweepstakes Rules, including details, limitations and alternate methods of entry are available at


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