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Courtesy of Visa, U.S. Bank Sends Salem, Ore., Woman to Super Bowl XL in Detroit on Feb. 5

SALEM, Ore., Jan 31, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Elaine Hultengren, an education specialist from Salem, Ore., has won the Visa 2005 NFL Sweepstakes and will be headed to Super Bowl XL in Detroit on Feb. 5, 2006. U.S. Bank will send her off in style with a giant football cake and reception at the U.S. Bank office at 1317 State Street in Salem at 12:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Hultengren, 56, won the sweepstakes simply by using her U.S. Bank Visa Check Card and signing for her purchases during the promotional period (Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2005). She and her husband, Tim Buckley, will receive free airfare, accommodations and tickets to the game, as well as free admission to pre-event parties sponsored by the NFL.

"We're so happy for Elaine and Tim, and hope that this will be a thrilling experience for both of them," said Ryan Allbritton, district manager for U.S. Bank in Salem. "Our customers are important to us, which is why we are delighted to be able to work with Visa to bring experiences, like a trip to the Super Bowl, to them from time to time. We also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their business and wish them well in the new year."

U.S. Bank participated in Visa's 2005 NFL national promotion, which awarded fans different prizes for each week during the NFL season. More than 1,000 people won a variety of prizes including Super Bowl XL trip packages, plasma TVs, gift certificates and more.

About Visa USA

Visa USA is the nation's leading payment brand and largest payment system, enabling banks to provide their consumers and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs. Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance, and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders in the payment system - Members, cardholders and merchants. Through its 13,420 Member financial institutions, more than 488 million Visa-branded cards have been issued to cardholders in the United States. Last year, U.S.-based financial institutions relied on Visa's processing system, VisaNet, to facilitate $1.3 trillion in transactions with unparalleled reliability. Worldwide, cardholders in over 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, accounting for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume. Visa offers a trusted, reliable and convenient way to access and mobilize financial resources - anytime, anywhere, anyway.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $209 billion, is the 6th largest financial holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,419 banking offices and 5,003 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.


U.S. Bank Media Relations
Teri Charest, 612-303-0732

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