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$1,750,000A Montréal resident finds a winning Lotto 6/49 ticket in a coat pocket several months after the draw

$1,750,000A Montréal resident finds a winning Lotto 6/49 ticket in a coat pocket several months after the draw

Montréal, October 9, 2018 – While rummaging through his coats closet, Montréal resident Gregorio De Santis found an old Lotto 6/49 ticket valid for the draw of December 6, 2017. When he checked the ticket, he thought he had won $1,750, but in reality, he won $1,750,000!


In short

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize won: $1,750,000
  • Category: Jackpot ($7,000,000 divided into four equal shares)
  • Draw date: December 6, 2017
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal
  • Retailer: Provigo (6485 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% prize of $17,500
  •  Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s head office in Montréal



  • Mr. De Santis regularly plays the lottery with Lotto 6/49 and dabbles in sports betting with Mise-o-jeu. He has been playing since the 70s and even won a $4,000 prize in the early 2000s.
  • On October 5, a full ten months after the lucky Lotto 6/49 draw of December 6, 2017, he came to Loto-Québec headquarters to collect his $1,750,000 cheque.
  • When he first checked his ticket, he thought he saw $1,750 on the display. He said his heart stopped when he realized how much he had actually won!
  • In his eyes, he has his sister to thank for his big win.
  • Indeed, she is the one who got him to clean out his closet to give away some old clothes.
  • That’s how he found the winning ticket in an inside coat pocket. “I never would have looked in that closet without her asking me!”
  • The winner, still a bit rattled when he came in to Loto-Québec, says he will be planning his retirement and taking some time out to reflect on his good fortune. This big hockey fan will definitely be taking his nephew to see a few games!


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 October 9, 2018, Loto-Québec paid out 110 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 92 millionaires. Gagnant à vie!, Grande Vie and Liste de vie! lotteries have provided 18 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Ours big winners can be found on the Winners page of our Lotteries website.

À propos de Loto-Québec

Loto-Québec a pour mission de gérer l’offre de jeux de hasard et d’argent de façon efficiente et responsable en favorisant l’ordre, la mesure et l’intérêt de la collectivité québécoise. Le divertissement est au cœur de ses activités. Du 1er janvier au 5 octobre 2018, Loto-Québec a versé 108 lots de 1 000 000 $ ou plus et fait 91 millionnaires. Les loteries Gagnant à vie!, Grande Vie et Liste de vie! ont permis à 18 chanceux de mettre la main sur une rente à vie. Nos gagnants de lots importants figurent sur la page Gagnants du site Loteries.


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

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