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Lotto Max20 co-workers share $17,600,769!

Lotto Max20 co-workers share $17,600,769!

Montréal, August 30, 2018 – A group of 20 co-workers from a Montréal construction firm won a whopping sum of $17,600,769 at the July 27 Lotto Max draw, half the of the 35M dollar jackpot.


In short

  • Lottery: Lotto Max
  • Prize won: $17,600,769 
  • Category: Jackpot (shared on two tickets)
  • Draw date: August 27, 2018
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal, Montérégie, Laval, Laurentides and Lanaudière
  • Retailer: Petro-Canada (8050 Boulevard Langelier, Saint-Léonard)
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec headquarters in Montréal



  • This group led by Salvador Cabrera-Benitez has been playing Lotto Max since it was launched in 2009.

  • When Salvador checked his ticket on the Saturday morning after the draw, he saw a large sum displayed, but didn’t realize the extent of his big win.

  • One of his co-workers called him two days later to tell him they had won 17.6 million dollars.

  • As certain members of the group were on vacation abroad, they waited a month after the draw to claim their winnings.

  • Each share is worth $880,038.

  • Among the projects the winners have in mind: paying off debts, early retirement, purchasing a home or a car, travelling and pampering loved ones.


The winners are:

  • Salvador Cabrera-Benitez (group leader), Montréal

  • Fernando Paulo Andrade, Laval

  • Michèle Belley, Montréal

  • Nathalie Breton, Laurentides

  • Lynn Carr, Montréal

  • José Antonio Carreiro, Laval

  • Carl Delpe, Montréal

  • José Daniel De Melo, Montréal

  • Hue Duong, Montréal

  • Angel Luis Enamorado, Montréal

  • Mario Forget, Laurentides

  • Colette Garceau, Laurentides

  • Oscar Rene Herrera, Montréal

  • Sylvain Laforest, Lanaudière

  • Jorge Alberto Medina-Umana, Montréal

  • Larry Allen Noffsinger, Montréal

  • Normand Pilon, Montérégie

  • Karine Pion-Lalonde, Laval

  • José Manuel De Sousa Santos, Montréal

  • Oliver Timothee, Laval


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 August 28, 2018, Loto-Québec paid out 100 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 84 millionaires. Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 14 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Our big winners can be found on our Lotteries website Winners page.


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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