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MasterCard Worldwide and The Home Depot Announce "$100,000 Backyard Retreat" Sweepstakes.

Sweepstakes Winner to Receive the Ultimate Backyard Renovation

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- MasterCard Worldwide([R]) and The Home Depot([R]) today announced the launch of the "$100,000 Backyard Retreat Sweepstakes," in which one lucky consumer will win $100,000, which may be used toward the backyard of their dreams.

MasterCard cardholders in the U.S. are automatically entered for a chance to win a $100,000 Backyard Retreat each time they use their MasterCard cards at The Home Depot between April 23 and June 23, 2007. Consumers automatically receive double sweepstakes entries when using The Home Depot Rewards MasterCard([R]) or The Home Depot Business Rewards MasterCard([R]) cards.

"With summer fast approaching, many of us look forward to spending more time outdoors, enjoying quality time with family and friends," said Gareth Forsey, group executive, U.S. Commerce Development, MasterCard Worldwide. "By partnering with The Home Depot for this exciting sweepstakes, a lucky cardholder will be rewarded with the ultimate backyard to host family and friends for an unforgettable summer this year and beyond."

MasterCard and The Home Depot will provide the means to create a supreme backyard retreat that could include flowing water fountains, a beautiful gazebo and outdoor furniture, as well as a luxurious outdoor kitchen complete with a state-of-the-art grill. All of these items are available for purchase at The Home Depot and www.homedepot.com as part of its Outdoor Living event, showcasing the season's most innovative products for outdoor enjoyment.

"Extending living spaces to the outdoors is one of the hottest trends we see this year at The Home Depot, so we know this will be a timely reward for our loyal customers," said Bill Boltz, vice president of outdoor living merchandising for The Home Depot. "In teaming up with MasterCard to present this sweepstakes, we will be introducing new products and concepts that transform an ordinary backyard into a backyard retreat, ideal for relaxing or hosting a barbecue."

MasterCard and The Home Depot are supporting the promotion with a fully-integrated media platform which will encompass print, online and radio and will appear in publications including: Better Homes & Garden([R]), Real Simple([R]), and Ladies Home Journal([R]). The Home Depot is also supporting the promotion with point-of-sale materials in more than 2,000 retail stores nationwide.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. PIN-based & international transactions not eligible. Grand Prize awarded as one-time payment of $100,000. Starts 4/23/07. Ends 6/23/07. Restrictions apply. Visit www.homedepot.com/mastercard or call 1-800-MC-ASSIST for Official Rules & Alternate Entry details.

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 16 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands, including MasterCard([R]), Maestro([R]) and Cirrus([R]), MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to http://www.mastercard.com.

About The Home Depot

The Home Depot([R]) is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,173 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. Through its HD Supply(SM) businesses, The Home Depot is also one of the largest diversified wholesale distributors in the United States, with nearly 1,000 locations in the United States and Canada offering products and services for building, improving and maintaining homes, businesses and municipal infrastructures. In fiscal 2006, The Home Depot had sales of $90.8 billion and earnings of $5.8 billion. The Company employs approximately 364,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
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