Go to content

Press release

$6,146,717A Montréal resident wins big on her birthday!

$6,146,717A Montréal resident wins big on her birthday!

Montréal, September 22, 2017 – Montréal resident Germaine Charland Guillemette took home the $6,146,717 jackpot at the Lotto 6/49 draw of September 20, which also happens to be her birthday.



  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize won: $6,146,717
  • Category: Jackpot
  • Draw date: September 20, 2017
  • Winners’ place of residence: Montréal
  • Retailer: Couche-Tard (101, montée Montarville, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% prize of $61,467.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s head office in Montréal



  • Ms. Charland Guillemette plays the lottery from time to time.
  • For the past few years, she has opted for Quick Picks instead of choosing her own numbers.
  • She usually checks the lottery results her tablet computer the day after the draw.
  • This time she did something different: she had her ticket validated while at the drugstore.
  • She heard the terminal let out a special chime.
  • Ms. Charland Guillemette said that she remained calm, cool and collected when she learned of her big win.
  • Her first thoughts were “Who should I call?” Her spouse was the first to know, and is still the only person so far!
  • The happy multi-millionaire is no hurry to spend her cash. She intends on taking her time to plan things out. However, she has already decided to buy her spouse a new car.



  • “I never would have thought that I would be so calm,” mentioned the winner in Loto-Québec’s winners lounge.
  • “You probably don’t often see people who win on their birthday!” she said with a giggle.
  • It is truly an odd feeling to see the winning combination on your ticket, added the new multi-millionaire.


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 September 18, 2017, Loto-Québec paid out 82 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 101 millionaires. Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 24 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity.


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

All press releases