My group had filled our apple quota and the prize showed. Because I was not able to use the free lives I shut the game down which usually means when you start it again you start where you left off and get your prize. Very disappointed when I opened the game to find it said we did not fill our apple quota.
I think from this and previous experience you can only do this as long as the event is on. The game really hot me on this one because I had just hit the jackpot on the wheel and used only about 30 minutes of my 3 hours of free lives because I wanted to fill the apple bin. Double whammy!