Everyone knows that one of the best parts of the holidays is inevitably receiving enough $5 Starbucks gift cards to fund your morning coffee runs for at least an entire month. But what if the avalanche of credits also ended up winning you free Starbucks drinks and food -- for life? Turns out the coffee giant will award exactly that to five lucky registered Starbucks card -- or My Starbucks Rewards -- members in the US as part of its "Starbucks for Life" sweepstakes, beginning Tuesday morning.
After more than 13 million coffee addicts entered to win the everlasting caffeination last year, Starbucks is bringing the contest back for another exciting season of eager coffee sweats, and this time it appears there are several more ways for you to win. All you'll have to do is use your My Starbucks Rewards card -- just like you normally do -- and you'll receive a game piece for every transaction. Once you've got a game piece, you can play and enter the sweepstakes at StarbucksForLife.com, but that's if you're awake enough to operate technology before you've finished your coffee.
Along with the five grand prizes, 25 members will win free coffee for a year, 125 will get free coffee for a month, and 500 will be awarded free coffee for a week. On top of that, Starbucks said it will give away more than a million bonus rewards stars from the start of the promotion, December 8th, through the end of the promotion, January 11, 2016. However, the fine print states that "Starbucks for Life" actually means one drink or food item per day for 30 years, so if you do the math, there's a chance it won't last for your entire life (hopefully not!). But then again, who the hell knows what we'll be drinking 30 years from now...
Anyway, if you end up being one of the five big winners, just remember that you'll totally owe anyone who got you a Starbucks card approximately one coffee every year as a showing of thanks.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and can already feel the coffee sweats. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.