Swift Cur­rent res­i­dent wins big prize at casino's 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Front Page - BY MATTHEW LIEBEN­BERG — mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

The start of the new year had an ex­tra $50,000 shine for a Swift Cur­rent res­i­dent who won the big prize in the Power of 10 draw dur­ing the Liv­ing Sky Casino's 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

The of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tion of the casino's 10 years in Swift Cur­rent took place on Dec. 28 and a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties were held dur­ing the evening to high­light this mile­stone.

Glen Reimer was among the five fi­nal­ists in the draw who picked an en­ve­lope and opened it to see the big num­ber in­side.

“It re­ally hasn't soaked in yet,” he said af­ter­wards. “It is re­ally some­thing to win that much money in one time, it re­ally is.”

His mind just went blank when he opened the en­ve­lope and re­al­ized he was the grand prize win­ner.

“I can't believe that,” he said. “I've never seen that, a win like that.”

Af­ter all the ex­cite­ment he was not sure how he was go­ing to use the money.

“I'm re­ally quite thrilled and I'll be prob­a­bly more thrilled to­mor­row than I am tonight, be­cause I didn't re­ally ex­pect to win this, the big one,” he said.

He was go­ing to think a bit more about what to do with the money and he was also go­ing to dis­cuss it with his wife.

“She didn't think I'll get this far and I didn't think so ei­ther,” he said. “So here we are. We got lucky.”

He men­tioned that they might use some of the money for a trip, and per­haps also to buy fur­ni­ture for their condo. They have just re­cently moved into a condo in Swift Cur­rent af­ter pre­vi­ously liv­ing on their farm in the Suc­cess area.

The Power of 10 draw was the most anticipate­d event of the evening, with $100,000 in prize money up for grabs by the 100 semi-fi­nal­ists.

They gath­ered in the event cen­tre for the draw, and five lucky par­tic­i­pants drew a note in­di­cat­ing they have made it to fi­nal draw.

Each of the re­main­ing 95 semi­fi­nal­ists also won a prize.

There were 50 prizes of $100 free slot play, 30 prizes of $250 cash, and 15 prizes of $500 cash.

The Power of 10 fi­nal draw took place on the casino floor's lounge stage. Each of the five fi­nal­ists picked an en­ve­lope and then opened their en­velopes at the same time to re­veal their prize money.

Reimer won the big prize of $50,000. The other prize win­ners are Mel Knock­aert ($15,000), Veena Hock­ridge ($$7,500), Beth de la Cruz ($5,000) and Martha Ra­diuk ($2,500).

Two unique items were un­veiled dur­ing the evening to high­light the casino's 10th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

MEEP Cre­ative, a York­ton based de­sign stu­dio, built a large LEGO model of the casino build­ing for the event. This model is on dis­play in­side the casino and some­one was el­i­gi­ble to win a $500 prize by guess­ing the num­ber of LEGO pieces that were used to cre­ate it.

The sec­ond un­veil­ing of the evening was a three-di­men­sional cake of the casino that was cre­ated by award­win­ning Las Ve­gas cake de­signer Rick Re­ichart of cakelava, a cus­tom wed­ding cake and birth­day cake stu­dio.

He spent a week at the casino and it took about 80 hours to cre­ate the cus­tom cake. He also pro­vided three other cakes for the oc­ca­sion that were cut and en­joyed by casino pa­trons who at­tended the an­niver­sary event.

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

An ex­cited Glen Reimer (sec­ond from left) shows his win­ning $50,000 ticket dur­ing the fi­nal Power of 10 draw, Dec. 28. The other fi­nal­ists, from left, are Mel Knock­aert, Veena Hock­ridge, Beth de la Cruz, and Martha Ra­diuk.

Beth de la Cruz was ex­cited af­ter she drew one of the five tick­ets to qual­ify for the grand prize draw in the Power of 10 draw. Mul­ti­coloured con­fetti rain down on the five fi­nal­ists af­ter the grand prize draw. Stand­ing, from left, Mel Knock­aert, Glen Reimer, Veena Hock­ridge, Beth de la Cruz, and Martha Ra­diuk.

The LEGO model of the casino build­ing was cre­ated by MEEP Cre­ative, a de­sign stu­dio in York­ton.

Above: Casino staff place the cus­tom de­signed three-di­men­sional cake of the build­ing on a ta­ble on the casino floor, Dec. 28.

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

10 OR 50,000 REA­SONS TO CEL­E­BRATE: Liv­ing Sky Casino cel­e­brated its 10th An­niver­sary in be­ing in Swift Cur­rent with cel­e­bra­tions, high­lighted by giving away $100,000 in prize money in­clud­ing a $50,000 grand prize. Above: Liv­ing Sky Casino Mar­ket­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Sara Adrian pulls the cov­ers off the LEGO model of the casino build­ing, Dec. 28.

Left: Liv­ing Sky Casino Mar­ket­ing and Guest Ser­vices Man­ager Lind­say Ger­brandt ( at left) in­tro­duces Las Ve­gas cake de­signer Rick Re­ichart, who cre­ated the three- di­men­sional cake of the casino build­ing.

Above: The 100 semi-fi­nal­ists wait in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the start of the Power of 10 draw, Dec. 28.

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