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$1,000,000 forgotten inside a book$100 ULTIME: A couple become millionaires just two days shy of the deadline!

$1,000,000 forgotten inside a book$100 ULTIME: A couple become millionaires just two days shy of the deadline!

Montréal, April 4, 2019 – Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque came to claim their $1,000,000 prize just two days before their winning ticket was set to expire! The millionaire couple from Montréal truly unearthed the winning $100 ULTIME ticket at the last minute—the draw in question was conducted on April 5, 2018.


In summary

  • Lottery: $100 ULTIME
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Grand prize
  • Draw date: April 5, 2018
  • Winners’ place of residence: Montréal
  • Place of purchase: Montréal
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • Last year, on Valentine's Day, Nicole and Roger treated themselves to a $100 ULTIME lottery ticket.

  • Nicole came across the ticket last weekend, while rummaging through items she’d brought back from her trip to Japan and wanted to lend to her grandson for his upcoming show-and-tell.

  • When she found the book, which she’d stored away a few months back, she noticed that there was something tucked inside. It was the winning lottery ticket!

  • The couple intends to use the money to treat their five sons and grandkids. Roger is considering purchasing a new car.

  • The winners still haven’t told their relatives and close friends the good news. Roger intends to call his three sons, while Nicole wants to break the good news to her two children in person.

  • Winners have up to a year after the draw date to claim their prize. If a prize goes “unwon” or unclaimed, that money goes back into the prize pool so that Loto-Québec can offer bonus prizes through its various other lotteries.



  • “Instead of treating each other to flowers or chocolate on Valentine's Day, we went out with friends to the Casino de Montréal and picked up a lottery ticket. It turned out to be quite the gift, wouldn’t you say honey?” Nicole exchanged a knowing look with Roger as she spoke.

  • “If my grandson hadn’t asked to borrow those items for his show-and-tell presentation, I would never have found the ticket on time,” Nicole pointed out.

  • “The first thing I did when I found the ticket in the book was go check the prize claim deadline on Loto-Québec’s website. I was so lucky to have found it in the nick of time!” Nicole says.

  • “It’s like my legs have turned to jelly and my mind is elsewhere!” Nicole exclaimed when she and Roger were handed their cheque.

  • “We didn’t plan on celebrating tonight. But we’ll be sure to treat ourselves to a poutine with a double helping of gravy and cheese curds at the restaurant!” Roger chuckled.


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. From January 1 to April 2, 2019, Loto-Québec has paid out 23 prizes worth $1 million or more and created 15 millionaires. Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 4 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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