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$1,000,000Two co-workers from Montréal and Montérégie strike it rich at Lotto 6/49

$1,000,000Two co-workers from Montréal and Montérégie strike it rich at Lotto 6/49

Montréal, October 19, 2018 – Stéphane Martel and Raul Donoso, from Montréal and Montérégie respectively, won $1,000,000 at the October 17 draw of Lotto 6/49.


In short

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize won: $1,000,000
  • Category: Guaranteed Prize
  • Draw date: October 17, 2018
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal and Montérégie
  • Retailer: Pharmaprix (2788, chemin de Chambly, Longueuil)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% prize of $10,000
  •  Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s head office in Montréal



  • Mr. Martel and Mr. Danoso are co-workers who have been playing Lotto 6/49 together twice a week with the same numbers… for the past 25 years!
  • They ended up striking it rich with a Guaranteed Prize worth one million dollars.
  • Mr. Donoso discovered they had won using the lotteries mobile application on his lunch hour the day after the draw.
  • He immediately went to see Mr. Martel to tell him the good news, who thought the app had malfunctioned.
  • The lucky winners left work early to go to Loto-Québec and claim their prize.



  • Mr. Donoso plans on helping out members of his family and to purchase a vacation home in Chile.
  • Mr. Martel wants to buy a house and equip it with a space dedicated to his passion for electronics, computers and music.



  • “I always knew I would win one day… I don’t know why,” said Mr. Donoso.



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 16, 2018, Loto-Québec paid out 116 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 99 millionaires. Gagnant à vie!, Grande Vie and Liste de vie! lotteries have provided 20 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Ours big winners can be found on the Winners page of our Lotteries website.


A video of the winner was posted to Loto-Québec’s YouTube channel. It can be used for online versions of articles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4DE7_KSbk4&feature=youtu.be



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

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