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$1,000,000Lotto Max: A winning ticket makes a great birthday present!

$1,000,000Lotto Max: A winning ticket makes a great birthday present!

Montréal, December 21, 2018 – Patricia Gherman gave her boyfriend Philippe Bouchard-Dufour a Lotto Max for his birthday… worth a million dollars! The Bas-Saint-Laurent couple struck luck at the December 14 draw.


In short

  • Lottery: Lotto Max
  • Prize won: $1,000,000
  • Category: Maxmillions
  • Claim date: December 14, 2018
  • Winner’s place of residence: Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Retailer: Métro (615, 1re Rue, La Pocatière)
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s offices in Québec City



  • Patricia Gherman gave her boyfriend Philippe Bouchard-Dufour a lottery ticket for his birthday. The day after the draw, she joked, “Go check and see if you’re a millionaire this morning!”
  • When he checked his ticket, Philippe saw that he had all the numbers of a winning Maxmillions combination, but wasn’t sure how much he had one.
  • Patricia called her mother who told them they had won a million dollars!
  • “It’s surreal. It was like an out of body experience. It was an emotional rollercoaster. What an experience!” said Philippe, all smiles.
  • This big win represents financial security for the young couple. They have a number of projects they would like to realize. The first is to bring the family on an RV road trip through several countries.


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 18, 2018, Loto-Québec has paid out 135 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 104 millionaires. Gagnant à vie!, Grande Vie and Liste de vie! lotteries have provided 21 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Our big prize winners can be found on the Lotteries website’s Winners page.


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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