Bob Stewart Is On The Road To A Million

Bob Stewart of Longbow Lake, ON, made the shot of a lifetime to secure his spot as the finalist in the Capital One Million Dollar Button, curling’s only million-dollar fan contest. Mr. Stewart is going on an all-expenses paid trip for him and three friends, who will be his own personal “cheer squad” at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton, where he will shoot during the fifth-end break of the gold-medal game.

Bob Stewart of Longbow Lake, Ont., delivers his winning shot on Saturday in the Capital One Million Dollar Button contest. (Photo, courtesy Capital One)

In order to win the Capital One Million Dollar Button’s grand prize of a one-time payment of $1 million, Mr. Stewart must successfully deliver a rock from the hack and place the stone within the button on a regulation curling sheet. He will have just one opportunity to execute the shot. “I was extremely nervous. I haven’t curled for 20 years. I was surprised to just get into the house,” said Mr. Stewart. “I got retired last fall when I didn’t want to be, so I could definitely use [$1 million].” Four lucky semifinalists won an all-expenses paid trip for two to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston, Ont., where they competed for the finalist position. Mr. Stewart was the third contestant to shoot for a chance to win $1 million, and he won when his rock landed four feet, 4.5 inches from the button. “The energy on the ice during the semifinal throw is the reason why we launched the Capital One Million Dollar Button because it gives curling fans the opportunity to really become part of the action,” said Clinton Braganza, VP Brand Marketing, Capital One Canada. “I want to wish Mr. Stewart the best of luck at the finals in March.” 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 {}, or by going to 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.