Cumberland woman wins $1M from L.L.Bean

Posted Feb. 08, 2013, at 11:15 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 08, 2013, at 5:20 p.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — L.L.Bean celebrated its 100th anniversary by awarding $1 million to a Cumberland woman Friday.

Marjorie Thompson was announced as the grand prize winner of the L.L.Bean Visa Centennial Sweepstakes by L.L.Bean and Barclaycard US.

The announcement marked the conclusion of the company’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration and sweepstakes, according to a press release.

“The sweepstakes were an exciting way for L.L.Bean to celebrate the 100th anniversary with our customers,” said Chris McCormick, L.L.Bean president and CEO. “Winning a million dollars is a life-altering event and we are delighted for Marjorie and her family.”

During the national sweepstakes, which launched in March and ran through December 2012, L.L.Bean VISA cardmembers were automatically entered for a chance to win one of 25 monthly prizes ranging from gift cards to kayaks every time they made a purchase with their card, according to the release.

From over 220 million entries, the winning entry came from a purchase transaction made at the Kimball Shop in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

“Given the huge number of entries in the sweepstakes, it is remarkable that the winning card holder resides in Maine and the winning purchase was made here in Maine, our own backyard,” said Shelly Bartlett, L.L.Bean vice president of card services.