AOL and Visa U.S.A. Announce Million Dollar Online Sweepstakes.DULLES, Va. and FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nov. 10, 1999--
AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. and Visa "You've Got A Million" Sweepstakes Highlights Convenience
of AOL's Quick Checkout During Busy Holiday Shopping Season
America Online See AOL. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : AOL), the world's leading interactive services company, and Visa U.S.A., the leading payment brand, today announced a new sweepstakes that will make one lucky online shopper an instant millionaire this holiday season.
Online shoppers who sign up for Shop@AOL's Quick Checkout "wallet See digital wallet. " technology - America Online's express payment system for online purchases - with their Visa card will be automatically entered to win the million dollar prize.
The AOL and Visa "You've Got a Million" sweepstakes encourages online shoppers to use AOL's Quick Checkout as an easy, convenient and safe method for making online purchases. Eligible participants will receive one entry when they register for Shop@AOL's Quick Checkout (AOL Keyword: Million) between now and December 13, 1999. One grand-prize winner will be chosen via a random drawing and awarded a $1 million Visa Prize Card issued by First USA, a Bank One company.
"AOL's Quick Checkout makes shopping online even easier. And, by giving away a million dollars, we have developed a fun and unique way to highlight its benefits to our members," said Patrick Gates, AOL's Vice President of E-commerce. "For both experienced and first-time online shoppers who plan to make multiple purchases this holiday season, Quick Checkout will save them time when shopping online."
Digital wallets The electronic equivalent of a wallet for e-commerce transactions. Also called an "e-wallet," it holds credit card data and passwords for logging into Web sites. The wallet data may reside in the user's machine or on the servers of the wallet service. are a cutting-edge online payment solution that allow consumers to pre-enter data to avoid continuously re-entering their personal and credit card information for each purchase.
"The AOL and Visa 'You've Got A Million' sweepstakes is an example of how we are leveraging the digital wallet trend to continue making online shopping easy, convenient and very valuable for our cardholders," said Gerry Sweeney, vice president, marketing, e-Visa. "Visa will continue to implement programs and sign partnerships with online leaders to give consumers the most innovative choices of how to pay on the Internet."
About AOL's Quick Checkout
America Online, Inc. was one of the first companies to recognize the need for an express payment system for online purchases. In fall 1998, the Company launched "Quick Checkout," a wallet technology that allows for a more streamlined shopping process and dramatically reduces the time during which transactions occur. Customers enter routinely requested information, including up to 10 credit cards, billing information and up to 50 shipping addresses, allowing them to shop seamlessly across AOL's participating merchant partners.
Quick Checkout is a complimentary shopping service available to users of the AOL Shopping destinations: Shop@AOL, Shop@AOL.COM, Shop@CompuServe, Shop@Netscape and Shop@Digital City. Online shoppers using any of these destinations need to register for a Quick Checkout account only once to use it across each of the sites.
To qualify for the Sweepstakes shoppers can sign up for AOL's Quick Checkout at Shop@AOL or Shop@AOL.COM and register their Visa credit card as the primary wallet account.
More information about the AOL/Visa "You've Got a Million" Sweepstakes can be found at AOL Keyword: Million or Shop@AOL.COM on the Web. Write-in entries will also be accepted at: AOL You've Got A Million Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 4093, Grand Rapids Grand Rapids, city (1990 pop. 189,126), seat of Kent co., SW central Mich., on the Grand River; inc. 1850. The second largest city in the state, it is a distribution, wholesale, and industrial center for an area that yields fruit, dairy products, farm produce, , MN 55730-4093 if postmarked by December 14, 1999 and received by December 20, 1999. Applicants must be 18 years or older and include name, address in the US, age, and email address See Internet address. on the online entry form. No purchase or obligation necessary.
About America Online, Inc.
Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia Dulles, Virginia is an unincorporated census-designated place located in Loudoun County, Virginia, part of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headquarters of AOL, Orbital Sciences Corporation and ODIN technologies and the former headquarters of MCI Inc. are located in Dulles. , is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates two worldwide Internet services: America Online, with more than 19 million members, and CompuServe, with approximately 2 million members; several leading Internet brands including ICQ ("I Seek You") A conferencing program for the Internet from Mirabilis, Tel Aviv, Israel (www.icq.com). It provides interactive chat, e-mail and file transfer and can alert you when someone on your predefined list has also come online. , AOL Instant Messenger See AIM. and Digital City, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter and AOL.COM portals; the Netscape Navigator An earlier Web browser for Windows, Macintosh and X Windows from Netscape that provided secure transmission over the Internet. Soon after its introduction in 1994, Navigator, or just "Netscape," as it was commonly called, quickly became the leading browser on the Web. and Communicator browsers; AOL MovieFone, the nation's No. 1 movie listing guide and ticketing service; and Spinner Networks and NullSoft, Inc., leaders in Internet music. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. , the Company develops and offers easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.
A division of Visa U.S.A., e-Visa was created to accelerate mass adoption of electronic commerce and to position Visa as the currency of the e-economy. The division consolidates all of Visa's e-commerce competencies, including brand marketing, processing systems, operations, business development and alliances and partnerships into one unit. e-Visa is designed to enable Visa Member banks to better serve their customers - including cardholders, merchants and businesses - and to compete by differentiating themselves in the emerging e-economy.
Visa U.S.A. is the leading payment brand and the largest consumer payment system in the U.S. Last year, U.S. bank-issued Visa cards accounted for some $610 billion in transactions, including those online and at the point of sale. Visa's more than 600 million cards are accepted at more than 17 million worldwide locations, including more than 500,000 ATMs in the Visa/PLUS Global ATM Network.
Visa's Internet address There are two kinds of addresses that are widely used on the Internet. One is a person's e-mail address, and the other is the address of a Web site, which is known as a URL. Following is an explanation of Internet e-mail addresses only. For more on URLs, see URL and Internet domain name. is www.visa.com (1) (Computer Output Microfilm) Creating microfilm or microfiche from the computer. A COM machine receives print-image output from the computer either online or via tape or disk and creates a film image of each page. .