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$1,000,000Outaouais couple become millionaires after watching a TV report on unclaimed prizes

$1,000,000Outaouais couple become millionaires after watching a TV report on unclaimed prizes

Montréal, April 30, 2019 — Outaouais residents Chantal Therrien and Michel Gauvreau pocketed a cool $1,000,000, i.e. one half of the Québec 49 grand prize, during the November 14, 2018, draw.


In summary

  • Lottery: Québec 49
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Grand prize
  • Draw date: November 14, 2018
  • Winners’ place of residence: Outaouais
  • Retailer: Dépanneur Sharon (15 Boulevard Lucerne, Gatineau)
  • The retailer will receive a $10,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • Chantal and Michel have been together for many years. “We do everything together!” Michel said during his visit to Loto-Québec’s winners’ lounge.

  • Chantal plays Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 on the regular. She also sometimes plays Québec 49 and Extra.

  • The couple have been playing the same numbers for 30 years, and it was that very combination that led to their huge win in November.

  • After watching a TV report on unclaimed prizes, Chantal checked her lotto tickets. That’s when she found out they’d won a share of the grand prize.

  • The couple plans to move, and buy a property on a large plot of land where they can fish nearby.


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 April 23, 2019, Loto-Québec has paid out 30 prizes of $1,000,000 or more and produced 18 millionaires. Its Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 8 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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