Bandar Seri Begawan - It was the perfect all-family affair for Norainah binti Ghani, as she became a proud owner of a brand new Toyota 86, the grand prize of the 3rd Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) Blessing Rewards lucky draw at the Airport Mall yesterday.
There was no shortage of excitement and anticipation as 10 selected finalists were shortlisted for a unique opportunity to win the perfectly engineered sports car with the iPhone 5 a guaranteed prize for four consolation winners.
After the 10 selected finalists were announced and introduced to the public, each customer was invited to pick out a piece of paper from an enclosed black envelope.
The finalist who picked out the right envelope with a picture of the grand draw prize advances to the next round while the journey for four finalists ends.
Mohamad Syah Nizam bin A Hidup, Haji Soffery bin Haji MT Akut, Abdul Hadi bin Metarshad and Saaherefah binti Matassim each walked away with a brand new iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 was the consolation prize for the seventh to tenth place winners, indicating the level of quality and attractiveness of the prizes in the draw.
The mini adventure continued for the six remaining finalists in the penultimate round and an opportunity to drive home a Toyota 86, one of the popular car models in the Sultanate in recent times.
Each participant, in numerical order, then cut off a rolling banner which decided their fate with two spots up for grabs in the final round of the lucky draw.
Hj Muhd Amalul Arifin bin Hj Sulaiman won a Samsung package consisting of a Samsung NX11 kit in sixth place. Rosli bin Hj Masli won an Apple package comprising top range of products in fifth while Norlela binti Mohammad Alli will enjoy countless trips via Air Asia after accumulating 1,000,000 Air Asia BIG points. Third place winner, Norzainah binti Hj Moksin, won a Samsung household electronics package.
Tonney bin Muslim got off to a rolling start after his banner displayed the orange-coloured Toyota 86 with Norainah who completed the final two spots to begin what was a dramatic showdown.
The two remaining participants then had to try to start the car by choosing the right key and sound the horn to confirm that the car's engine is switched on. Tonney went first but the car engine did not ignite so the opportunity fell to Norainah.
As the whole crowd waited in anticipation, Norainah attempted to switch on the engine but, like Tonney's first attempt did not start the engine leaving Tonney to have another chance to select the right key.
However, his attempt to win in his second chance was not fruitful and with three sets of keys left, the margin between winning and losing was too close to call.
The excitement boiled down to the final two keys with both finalists getting a 50/50 chance. It was Tonney's final chance but he missed out on the grand draw leaving, by default, the right key to a joyous Norainah, who shared her moment of triumph with her jubilant family members.
It was still a perfect getaway prize for Tonney in the end, who won a travel package to either perform Umrah or tickets to Melbourne for two.
Norainah told the Bulletin that it was the first time she had won such a luxurious prize in this magnitude.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of BIBD, Javed Ahmad, in a speech said that the BIBD Blessings Rewards is a highly prestigious promotional campaign in its third year.
"We are very pleased for the winners of the current Blessings Rewards promotion, which is perhaps the biggest promotion in the banking industry in Brunei with the number of quality of prizes that are unprecedented by any other bank. We have given away attractive prizes and packages to our customers. Insya Allah (God willing) we will continue to improve the BIBD Blessings Rewards going forward," he said.
"It really is an occasion as a way for us to show our 'thank you' for their support and trust in us. We will continue to look after their needs and continue to improve the service," he added.
The BIBD Blessings Rewards campaign runs for four months from early November last year to the end of February 2013.
BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD's eligible financing or deposit products covered during the promotion are eligible to enter.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin