Duncanville Woman Surprised by $10K Prize from Neighborhood Credit Union

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The Habit of Always Saving First Brought Her an Unexpected Surprise

You need to take the first step and do it. Just maintain what you can in your savings.

Being a dedicated saver can bring unexpected rewards, one Duncanville woman learned.

After finishing her bus route for Dallas ISD, Diane Reed came into Neighborhood Credit Union’s Duncanville branch after being notified that she had won a prize.

Skeptical of what that phone call meant, Reed was at a loss for words when Neighborhood Credit Union leadership greeted her with an oversized check for $10,000. The actual $10,000 prize was deposited directly into her Prize Savings Account at the credit union.

“You’re going to have to tell me again,” she said. “I won what?”

Reed has been a member of the credit union for close to 10 years where she works to build her savings. She said she spent all weekend trying to figure out what she could have won.

“We appreciate Diane,” said Francis Santana, vice president of community relations. “This is part of what we do in appreciation for her great savings habits.

Dallas-based Neighborhood Credit Union established the Prize Savings Account 10 years ago to encourage people to save more money, at a time when the personal savings rate had dropped to one of the lowest levels in U.S. history. But by being a consistent saver, Reed believes that it’s very important to do whatever she can to keep her money growing every single month.

“If you have a little something to put back, put it there [in savings] and keep it there as long as you can,” Reed said. “You need to take the first step and do it. Just maintain what you can in your savings.”

When asked what she was going to do with her winnings, Reed said she was going to put it straight into her Prize Savings Account.

See the video of the surprise: https://youtu.be/RzPIWW3fkX8

How the Prize Savings Account works: Neighborhood Credit Union members receive one drawing entry for every $25 monthly average balance in their Prize Savings Accounts. The greater the savings, the greater the chance a member has of winning. Members are eligible for monthly drawings up to $1,000 and quarterly $10,000 drawings. At the start of each year, a winner is drawn for the newly-increased $49,999.99 grand prize based on the average monthly balance in the savings account at close of business December 31. The upcoming 2018 drawing marks the 10th Anniversary Grand Prize Savings drawing for Neighborhood Credit Union.

About Neighborhood Credit Union: The oldest credit union in Dallas (chartered April 18, 1930), Neighborhood Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial organization serving Dallas, Denton and Ellis counties, as well as the City of Arlington. With branches in Dallas, Richardson, Arlington, Mesquite, Duncanville, Waxahachie, Lancaster, Grand Prairie, Coppell, and Highland Village, and assets topping $720 million, Neighborhood Credit Union has a membership of 55,000 and continues to welcome new members daily. For more information, call (214) 748-9393 or visit https://www.myncu.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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