Sweepstakes, Giveaways and Drawings, Oh My! Exchange Shoppers Won $800,000 in Prizes in 2021

fort huachuca holiday bill winnerDALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers always get great savings and tax-free shopping, but in 2021, hundreds of military community members got a bonus as Exchange sweepstakes winners.

Throughout year, the Exchange hosts many military-exclusive sweepstakes and giveaways. In 2021, the Exchange gave away more than $800,000 in prizes, from popular products to trips to gift cards to cash.

“I just want to thank the Exchange for doing what they do. They’ve been so wonderful for the military and retirees,” said retired Sgt. 1st Class Anna Merryman, a grand-prize winner in the MILITARY STAR® Your Holiday Bill Is on Us sweepstakes, who had her $8,193 balance paid off in a ceremony at the Fort Huachuca PX. “I really thank them for being there for us.”

Free Friday winnersOne of the biggest giveaways last year included $1,000 Exchange gift cards for Exchange Black Friday shoppers, including at least one winner at every PX and BX. Fifty-two authorized Exchange shoppers also won big by commenting on the weekly “Free Friday” posts on the Exchange’s Facebook page, while beauty fans scored hot products through Exchange Beauty Live social media broadcasts.

“The Exchange mission is about giving back, which we do by reinvesting 100% of our earnings in military communities,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “Sweepstakes and giveaways are a fun way to reward the military community for using their hard-earned Exchange benefit.”

Every member of the military community wins at the Exchange. Its You Made the Grade program honors military students’ academic excellence with biannual drawings. Students in first through 12th grade who maintain a B average can bring their report cards each grading period to their local Exchange for a $5 gift card. They can also enter the worldwide sweepstakes for a chance to win a share of $4,000 in prizes each semester.

YMTG winner“You Made the Grade program is a fantastic program, and my children really enjoy getting their $5 gift cards each quarter as a reward for their diligence in their studies,” said Jenny Ko, whose sixth-grader son, Josiah, won a $500 Exchange gift card. “We’re so grateful. I hope that other children will be motivated to do their best in school—it will really pay off.”

The Exchange hosts sweepstakes year-round. To enter, shoppers can visit ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes. To participate in the Free Friday drawings and Beauty Live giveaways, shoppers can follow the Exchange on Facebook at Facebook.com/shopmyexchange.

Social-media-friendly version: The military community is #winning with @shopmyexchange. Hundreds of authorized shoppers won more than $800,000 in prizes through Exchange sweepstakes and giveaways last year. Read more about the prizes—and how you can be a winner this year: https://wp.me/p9Q7PG-23D.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.4 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

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