CLEARWATER, S.C. (3/3/11)--With more than nine billion entries to obtain Visa’s Super Bowl Trip (and pair of tickets) for Life, a credit union member bucked the odds to win. Robyne Thomas made a $2.10 purchase at a Bi-Lo store in Clearwater, S.C., with her Visa card issued by SRP FCU in North Augusta, S.C. (Aikenstandard.com March 1). Although Thomas saw the Visa commercial--which ran many times in the days leading up to the Super Bowl XLV--promoting the contest, she didn’t think anything about it. “I could have have won the lottery easier than I won this,” she told the newspaper. Ed Templeton, SRP president/CEO called and left a message with Thomas’ niece for Thomas to call the credit union. After several missed calls, Thomas finally reached Templeton when he called her back and then … she hung up on him. Thomas said she thought the whole situation was a scam, especially when Templeton asked her to confirm her Visa card number. “[Templeton] contacted me on his personal cell phone, and I hung up on him,” Thomas said. The credit union arrived at her workplace and left cards for her to call. “I actually went to the SRP building to talk with the president,” she added (WRDW-TV News 12 Feb. 28). She received airfare, a four-night stay in Texas, and two tickets to Super Bowl XLV, and had “the experience of a lifetime,” rooting for the Green Bay Packers. However, it’s her last Super Bowl. Thomas decided to take the cash payout option for an undisclosed amount instead of the Super Bowl trip and tickets for life. With the payout, she paid off her house and car (WJBF-TV March 1).