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$246,523A lucrative evening!

$246,523A lucrative evening!

Montréal, July 17, 2018 – On June 27, Laurentides resident Élaine Lanthier pocketed $246,523 while playing Reel Gems on Loto-Québec’s online gaming website, lotoquebec.com.



  • Game: Reel Gems
  • Prize won: $246,523
  • Date of win: June 27, 2018
  • Winner’s place of residence: Laurentides
  • Date and claim centre: June 28, 2018 at the Loto-Québec’s head office in Montréal



  • Ms. Lanthier was just about to go to bed when she decided to take a few minutes to relax with the online game Reel Gems. “I landed three rubies. I said to myself that I would have preferred three diamonds,” she explains.

  • Imagine her surprise when, on the very next spin, she saw the three diamonds line up on a row, which allowed her to win $246,523.

  • “Did I actually win?”She immediately woke up her spouse so he could see the prize!

  • When we spoke on the phone, she still could not believe her luck. “Let’s just say I feel a bit lighter this morning!”

  • She plans on investing in her spouse’s landscaping company, putting some money aside and treating herself a little.


Lottery prize payments in gaming halls and casinos

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. Between January 1 and July 17, 2018, Loto-Québec paid out 86 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 72 millionaires. Gagnant à vie! and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 12 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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