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$500,000A Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean resident strikes gold at Grande Vie!

$500,000A Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean resident strikes gold at Grande Vie!

Montréal, December 21, 2017 – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean resident Didier Martens will be able to make his dream of taking a cross-Canada trek come true. He won $25,000 a year for life at the December 14 draw of Grande Vie.



  • Lottery: Grande Vie
  • Prize won: $25,000 a year for life
  • Category: 5/5
  • Draw date: December 14, 2017
  • Winners’ place of residence: Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Retailer: Kiosque du Carrefour Jeannois (1221, boulevard Marcotte, Roberval)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% prize of $50,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s offices in Québec City



  • Didier Martens has always purchased a ticket since the launch of the lottery Grande Vie.
  • His winning ticket was a free play he had won at a prior draw!
  • He learned of his big win when he went to the convenience store: “I didn’t truly realize it at the time!”
  • Mr. Martens chose the lump sum of $500,000.
  • For the past five years, the winner has dreamed of one thing: take a cross-Canada trek with his 14 dogs. These winnings will enable him to make his dream come true.



  • “It’s hard to believe I have a ticket worth such a large sum of money!”


Lottery prize payments in gaming establishments

Lottery winners may claim their prizes at the Trois-Rivières and Québec City gaming halls, Loto-Québec’s Montréal and Québec City offices, or at the Casino de Montréal, Casino du Lac-Leamy, Casino de Charlevoix or Casino de Mont-Tremblant. All details are on the You’ve won? page of the Lotteries site.


About Loto-Québec

Loto-Québec’s mission is to responsibly and efficiently manage games of chance in a controlled and measured fashion, in the interest of all Quebecers. Entertainment is at the heart of its activities. From January 1 to December 20, 2017, Loto-Québec paid out 102 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 121 millionaires. Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 28 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity.


Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director, Public Affairs, Press Relations and Social Media

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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