A draw over a month in the making saw a five-figure prize go home with a lucky VIP.

Names for the Ultimate Giveaway have been added to the VIP list since early April in anticipation of the Ultimate Finale hosted by Tavern United Portage. Once all the VIPs arrived, some mini-games were played for bonus prizes, such as passes to Dauphin Countryfest and more. In then end, everyone was waiting for the main event.

Ten balloons, one with gold confetti for the winner, were ready to pop. After six balloons, there was no gold rush, but it was lucky number seven for Robert Lilley that led him to the win.

Robert Lilley.The exact second that Robert Lilley knew he was the Ultimate winner.

"I'm so happy. I actually couldn't believe I won," exclaimed Lilley. "This is the biggest contest win in my life so far."

After the initial shock of the win wore off, the time had come for them to pick which prize they would claim. With prizes from J.S. Furniture and More, Western Bearing & Auto Parts, The Studio on Sask, FFUN Motorsports, and Luke's Town Service of Elie, he had plenty of options. Lilley wanted to keep his wife happy, so they'll be heading to J.S. Furniture and More for a $10,000 shopping spree.

Daniel Monteverde, Store Manager for J.S. Furniture and More in Portage la Prairie, says it's a wonderful feeling to see Lilley choose their prize.

Lilley and J.SRobert Lilley and Daniel Monteverde from J.S. Furniture and More.

"It's exciting but I also see it as an opportunity to help a household or family refurnish their home, especially nowadays," notes Monteverde. "Winning a prize like this to replace a 30-year-old fridge, or get a new sofa if your dog chewed yours up. It's a great way to help them out."

Congratulations again, Robert! From all of us at PortageOnline, Mix 96, Country 93, and CFRY, enjoy the shopping spree.

VIPs.All of our wonderful VIPs.