After weeks of anticipation, the Ultimate Giveaway wrapped up Tuesday evening in Portage, with one lucky listener taking home a prize valued at $10,000.
60 VIP listeners, their guests and all of our partners crowded the Tavern United to enjoy complimentary appetizers and to see who would come away from the night a big winner.
As the food was served, some games were played, and the crowd roared and gasped as six finalists were picked throughout the evening. At the end, each would choose a box at the front of the venue, with one having a balloon inside, marking the winner.
As all six opened their boxes, it was revealed that Ashley Atkinson was the winner!
Atkinson had a tough choice of prizes valued at $10,000 from Apex Aesthetics, Century 21 Foxx Realty, Western Bearing and Auto Parts, Wilf's Elie Ford, Luke's Town Service of Elie and JS Furniture and More.
Quickly Atkinson declared she would be using the prize money to go on a shopping spree to JS Furniture.
"I want to get a new bed, and my girls need new beds and dressers," says the lucky winner. "I didn't think I was going to win. It's very awesome."
Michael Fisette was at the event representing JS Furniture and says he could have seen a scenario where the winner would have picked one of the other prizes. However, he knows that JS is thrilled they wanted furniture.
"I'm excited for them to stop by the store and pick out their furniture," says Fisette.
There were more than 5000 code word entries and around 1000 ballots collected while we were live on location.
In the end, there were 13 other winners of smaller prizes including Michelle Hauser who took home weekend passes and camping to Dauphin Countryfest.
PortageOnline thanks everyone who made the Ultimate Giveaway finale a special night, along with those who participated but did not make the final event.