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$1,000,000Golden retirement for a Montérégie couple thanks to Québec 49!

$1,000,000Golden retirement for a Montérégie couple thanks to Québec 49!

Montréal, November 28, 2018 – Montérégie residents Diane Bergeron Simard and Michel Simard won $1 million, which is half the jackpot, in the November 14 Québec 49 draw.


In short

  • Lottery: Québec 49
  • Prize won: $1,000,000 (half the jackpot)
  • Category: Jackpot
  • Draw date: November 14, 2018
  • Winners’ place of residence: Montérégie
  • Retailer: Couche-Tard (8075 Boulevard du Quartier, Brossard)
  • The retailer will receive a $10,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office, Montréal



  • The couple has been playing the same Lotto 6/49 and Québec 49 numbers for over 35 years.

  • Mr. Simard discovered their win using Loto-Québec’s mobile app.

  • He was so surprised at seeing all the numbers when he clicked Québec 49 results that he thought his wife had tampered with his device!

  • Once reality sunk in, he called her to announce they had won, but didn’t say how much.

  • Ms. Bergeron Simard thought they’d won $25,000. When she learned that it was actually $1 million, she thought he was kidding her.

  • The couple met with a notary and financial advisor in order to be well informed before going to claim the prize at Loto-Québec’s offices.

  • The happy winners waited a few days before telling their children, and filmed their reactions. These moments will always be wonderful memories for them.

  • While they will remain grounded, they expect that their retirement will be golden.



  • “It’s surreal!”, the couple repeated several times when they went to Loto-Québec’s offices.

  • “It’s such a huge amount!”, said Ms. Bergeron Simard.

  • “We still can’t believe it...”

  • “We’ll let the dust settle before making any plans.”

  • “We could see the emotion in their eyes and feel their happiness as they told the story about their win,” said Marie-Josée Laplante, Loto-Québec consumer services representative.


A video featuring this winner is available on Loto-Québec’s YouTube channel. You may include it in the web version of your article: https://youtu.be/VSXEMvHBdyE.


About Loto-Québec

LotoQuébec’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 November 27, 2018, Loto-Québec paid out 129 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 102 millionaires. Gagnant à vie!, Grande Vie and Liste de vie! lotteries have provided 20 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Winners of large prizes are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries site.


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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