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$1,500,000Poor road conditions bring luck to a Laurentides couple

$1,500,000Poor road conditions bring luck to a Laurentides couple

Montréal, February 14, 2018 – Laurentides residents François Cardinal and Isabelle Dorion won the grand prize thanks to a Gagnant à vie! édition spéciale scratch ticket purchased during a snowstorm.



  • Lottery: Gagnant à vie! édition spéciale
  • Prize won: $1,500,000, which is the lump sum offered for the grand prize of $100,000 a year for life
  • Category: Grand Prize
  • Draw date: February 8, 2018
  • Winner’s place of residence: Laurentides
  • Retailer: Dépanneur de la Cité Mirabel (18215, boulevard de Versailles, Mirabel)
  • The retailer will receive a $15,000 prize, equal to 1% of the win.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s head offices in Montréal



  • Because road conditions were bad, Ms. Dorion decided to try her luck at the lottery Gagnant à vie! édition spéciale.
  • She stopped by a service station to buy some windshield washer fluid and, while she was there, decided to buy a scratch ticket for her spouse and herself.
  • The ticket ended up sitting in her purse for a week.
  • She scratched it in a waiting room to pass the time. And what a surprise!
  • When Mr. Cardinal learned the news from his spouse, he was overcome with a bout of uncontrollable joyful laughter.
  • The lucky winners first plan on taking a romantic cruise to the Greek isles and a family vacation to Disney World. Afterwards, they will take time to reflect on their long term goals.


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. In 2017, Loto-Québec paid out 107 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 132 millionaires. Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 29 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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