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Bob Stewart From Longbow Lake, ON Wins $5,000 From Capital One

Finalist shot for a chance to win $1 million in the Capital One Million Dollar Button.

TORONTO, March 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Bob Stewart stood on competition ice at the Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton where he shot for the chance to win $1 million in the Capital One Million Dollar Button final. Mr. Stewart's rock was on-line for a good result, but came up just short of the house.  His throw earned him a $5,000 cheque from Capital One.  The winning shot was performed live on TSN during fifth-end break of the gold-medal game in front of a live audience of more than 10,000 fans.

In order to win the Capital One Million Dollar Button's grand prize of a one-time payment of $1 million, Mr. Stewart had to successfully deliver a rock from the hack and place the stone within the button on a regulation curling sheet. He only had one opportunity to execute the shot.

"I thought the throw was fine with the outturn. I just didn't have enough weight for that ice, that's all," said Mr. Stewart after his shot.  "Oh, it's been a great experience. Unbelievable. We got the weekend at the Scotties, we got the weekend here. It was just an unbelievable experience‚Ķa great time."

Mr. Stewart and three of his friends received an all-expenses-paid trip to the Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton.  His friends came along for the trip to be his own personal "cheer squad" for the final-round throw.

"We engaged thousands of Canadians in this great sport through the Capital One Million Dollar Button this year," said Clinton Braganza, VP Brand Marketing, Capital One Canada.  "Taking one shot for a million dollars at the biggest event in curling is a lot of pressure, and Mr. Stewart handled it like a real pro.  Congratulations to him and their cheer squad for doing a great job." 

The Capital One Million Dollar Button contest was open from January 3, 2013, until January 28th, 2013. Full contest rules are available on Capital One Canada's Facebook page { facebook.com/CapitalOneCanada}, or by going to milliondollarbutton.ca.

"The Capital One Million Dollar Button was a great experience and gave our fans a thrilling opportunity to be part of this contest. Capital One has done a wonderful job to help put this promotion on and today you could feel the energy in the arena as it all came down to that one final shot. We are very pleased that Capital One chose the Tim Hortons Brier to showcase the Million Dollar Button" commented Greg Stremlaw, the CCA's Chief Executive Officer.

About Capital One

With offices in Toronto and Montreal, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996, when the company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard in Canada. Capital One Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF).  Capital One is committed to promoting curling by supporting the in-school curling program, Capital One Rocks & Rings, which has already introduced the sport of curling to over 100,000 Canadian kids.

About the Canadian Curling Association

The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in Canada.  In cooperation with its Provincial and Territorial Member Associations from across Canada, the CCA provides programs and services to curlers ranging from the youngest 'little rocker' (age 7 and up), to those participating at ages 70 and over - and from aspiring Olympians to Canadians with special needs, coaches, curling facility operators, ice makers and officials.

The CCA also oversees and provides the comprehensive management of the Season of Champions event portfolio; develops and administers the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) for Olympic qualification and organizes and operates the championship system for Juniors (under 20), Seniors (over 50), Mixed, Women, Men, University and Wheelchair.

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