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132 new millionairesRecord year for Québec lottery players!

132 new millionairesRecord year for Québec lottery players!

Montréal, January 5, 2018 – Loto-Québec’s 132 new millionaires made 2017 the luckiest year ever for Québec lottery players!

The previous record, established in 2016, was 104 prizes of $1,000,000 or more.

“The year 2017 was an exceptional one, with three grand prizes of $60,000,000, which is the largest jackpot amount ever paid out by Loto-Québec, and a total of more than a billion dollars awarded in prizes to Quebecers,” remarked Isabelle Jean, President of Lottery Operations and Vice President of Public Affairs.

The 10 largest prizes won in 2017 in Québec

  • January 6 – $60,000,000 at Lotto Max – Montérégie and Centre-du-Québec
    The year 2017 got off with a bang when a group of 28 relatives from the Montérégie and Centre-du-Québec regions won a $60,000,000 prize at the January 6 Lotto Max draw.
  • February 10 – $60,000,000 at Lotto Max – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
    On February 10, a couple of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean pocketed a $60,000,000 Lotto Max prize. Marie-Josée Picard and Carl Villeneuve shared their winnings with members of their family.
  • December 22 – $60,000,000 at Lotto Max – Montréal
    The year ended as it began with yet another $60,000,000 prize! A group of nine Montréal co-workers won this nifty sum at the Lotto Max draw of December 22.
  • April 21 – $55,000,000 at Lotto Max – Montréal
    On April 21, Lotto Max surprised Montréal residents Nathalie Langlais and Gilles Rosnen with a prize of $55,000,000.
  • June 2 – $55,000,000 at Lotto Max – Estrie
    On June 2, Estrie resident Ann-Marie Francis also won $55,000,000 at Lotto Max.
  • January 21 – $25,000,000 at Lotto 6/49 – Outaouais, Montréal and Laurentides
    Outaouais resident Marc Lachance pocketed $25,000,000 at the January 21 Lotto 6/49 draw. He split his prize with his brother, Alain Lachance, and sisters, Geneviève and Christine Lachance, residents of the Laurentides region and Montréal. The Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize was also won in the Outaouais on the same night!
  • August 4 – $23,017,319 at Lotto Max – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
    A group of 27 Saguenay city hall co-workers shared a prize of $23,017,319 at the Lotto Max draw of August 4.
  • September 6 – $16,042,016 at Lotto 6/49 – Montréal, Lanaudière and Montérégie
    Five people split the more than $16-million prize at the September 6 draw Lotto 6/49. The purchased their group shares from a retailer. After the big win, one of the winners asked his girlfriend to marry him! The owner of the Shell station in Pointe-aux-Trembles, where the winning ticket was bought, paid for a tropical vacation for all his employees using the 1% prize awarded to the retailer.
  • October 27 – $15,000,000 at Lotto Max – Montréal
    Montréal resident Alain De Bellefeuille walked away with the $15,000,000 jackpot at the October 27 Lotto Max draw.
  • May 24 – $12,715,949 at Lotto 6/49 – Montréal
    Two days after his birthday, Montréal resident Enzo Di Gneo became a millionaire by winning the $12,715,949 jackpot at the May 24 Lotto 6/49 draw.


Lotto Max is generous with Quebecers

  • 21 people won $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prizes at Lotto 6/49.
  • The lottery Grande Vie produced 16 winners of lifetime annuities or lump sums.
  • The scratch ticket Gagnant à vie! produced 11 winners of $1,000 a week for life and 2 winners of $100,000 a year for life.
  • The ticket 100 $ ultime awarded 20 prizes of $1,000,000.
  • 15 prizes of $1,000,000 were won at Extra.
  • Thanks to Québec Max and Québec 49, 11 prizes of $1,000,000 or more were awarded.


Big amounts awarded online and at the Casino

The new PowerbucksTM progressive jackpot at casinos and on Espacejeux.com also made a lot of people happy in Québec this year:

  • On April 30, Laval resident Marc Bruneau and his spouse Lise Boucher left the Casino de Montréal $1,700,000 richer after wagering just $15.
  • On July 17, Côte-Nord resident Chantal Bouchard won $1,000,000 on Espacejeux.com.
  • On July 24, Chaudière-Appalaches resident Jules Parent won $1,222,069 at Crown of EgyptTM on Espacejeux.com. Fun fact, the lucky winner won $1,000,000 at Lotto 6/49 in 2008!
  • September 21, Laval resident Serge Gamache won the Powerbucks progressive jackpot of $1,152,714 while playing online.


To end the year, Montréal resident Chi Hoc Huynh won $1,825,000 at a slot machine called Grand Prix after wagering approximately $30. He will remember this December 26 trip to the casino for a long time to come.

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.


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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