Camden National Bank announced two lucky winners in its annual Debit Card Sweepstakes. Cathy Davis of Rockland and Cynthia Littlefield of Warren each won $1,000, simply for using their Camden National Bank debit cards.

Every Camden National Bank or Union Trust debit card transaction made between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve 2009 was automatically entered into a drawing for five prizes of $1,000 each. Most of the hundreds of thousands of transactions during the holiday season were made by customers using their debit cards for everyday expenses including grocery shopping, filling up their gas tanks, and purchasing holiday gifts for their family and friends.

Davis, a Camden National Bank customer for 38 years, used her debit card online to purchase Christmas gifts for her aunt and uncle. The gifts arrived damaged and Davis had to exchange them, but she now knows the effort was well worth her time. She plans to buy herself a laptop, something Davis wouldn’t normally buy for herself, but is happy to do with her unexpected winnings.

“I didn’t believe it when they called me,” Davis said in a news release. “I knew Camden National holds a drawing every year, but I never expected to win. I never win anything.”

Littlefield has been a customer of Camden National Bank since she moved to the area five years ago. Her winning entry came about when she used her debit card on Christmas Day at the Maritime Farms in Warren. She was on her way to the movies, before flying to San Francisco to see her daughter for the holidays.

“Like Cathy, I never win anything,” Littlefield said. “I was very pleased to get the call telling me I had won.”