Camden National Bank announced a lucky winner in its annual Debit Card Sweepstakes. Wendy Hammett of Islesboro won $1,000 simply for using her Camden National Bank debit card.

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 family and friends.

Hammett returned to the area six years ago, after 30 years away, and has been a Camden National Bank customer ever since. The winning entry in the sweepstakes came about when Hammett used her debit card to buy gas. She plans on using the prize money to help pay for an addition to her house so that her mother, Roberta Batchelor, can come and live with her.

“I couldn’t believe it when they called,” Hammett said. “It was too good to be true.”