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Sam's Club Offers Three Gift Packages Valued At More Than $600,000
Once-in-a-Lifetime Packages Provide Exclusive Indulgences at Exceptional Values

Bentonville, Ark., March 23, 2007 – Sam’s Club revealed its Once-in-a Lifetime packages from its upcoming 2007 spring catalog today including a first-of-a-kind Windsor Craft® Yacht for $495,000, a rare behind the scenes experience to the Kentucky Derby® for $89,000 and the ultimate Italian getaway to the private Bertolli® Villa for $54,000. The exclusive packages are being offered on

The classic lines and elegant styling of the 36 foot handcrafted mahogany Windsor Craft are reminiscent of a bygone era enhanced with modern day performance and amenities including a master cabin, granite counters and grill.

In addition to the yacht, Sam’s Club Members also have the opportunity to purchase a trip for four to historic Churchill Downs for the 133rd annual Kentucky Derby, the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race. This package includes premiere tickets to attend the winner’s party following the race and a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary racetrack.

The third package is an excursion to the Bertolli Villa in the Pratomagno hills of Italy. A group of eight will enjoy custom vineyard tours from Sam’s Club Master of Wine Bob Paulinski, cooking classes and an incredible visit to the home of Michelangelo, which houses among many wonders, the world’s largest collection of his drawings.

Sam’s Club Members will have to act quickly to secure a package. Last November, a Cessna Citation Mustang Jet sold for $2,734,600 on in less than 60 seconds. Interested buyers are encouraged to visit for a complete description of rules and details about the Once-in-a-Lifetime packages. There is only one of each available.

"This spring’s Once-in-a-Lifetime packages represent an exciting collection of merchandise, memorable experiences and great values that are only available at Sam’s Club,” said Greg Spragg, Executive Vice President Merchandising at Sam’s Club. “Past purchasers have shared with us that the packages have been a great way for them to celebrate moments in time with their families as well as to reward themselves for meeting a business goal or milestone. We are pleased we can be part of that special experience, just as much as we enjoy helping our Members with their everyday needs for business and home.”

Package Details

• The 36-foot Windsor Craft Yacht is hull No. 1 and boasts hand-crafted mahogany that evokes the nostalgia for wooden boats with the advantages of being a thoroughly modern yacht. The Windsor Craft 36 represents the finest in marine design, the most exacting craftsmanship and the ultimate luxury in boating and is available for a one-time price of $495,000. This package is available for purchase March 29 at noon CT on

• Access to the elite and legendary Kentucky Derby winner’s party and the Grand Gala is a unique perspective into the landmark event of horse racing. In addition to limousine service, hotel and accommodations and private jet air travel, the Member who purchases this package will have access to a rare facility and backstretch tour. Four of the famous limited $1,000 mint juleps – with proceeds going to charity – are also included in the package. The package is offered at $89,000 and will be available for purchase on, March 28 at 10 p.m. CT. The race is scheduled May 5, 2007 and this package will only be available on through April 5.

• The Ultimate Tuscan Getaway at the Bertolli Villa for eight provides the opportunity to become fluent in the art of wine making, discover Italian recipes and discover Florence’s beautiful scenery. This unforgettable getaway includes four separate and well appointed apartments that will spoil your senses, and an exclusive tour of Michelangelo’s home and museum. This package, including airfare is offered at $54,000 and will be available for purchase on March 28 at 10 p.m. CT.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and ranks as one of the nation’s largest warehouse clubs with more than 47 million U.S. members. The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and club information is available at

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