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$1,000,000Childhood friends win big with Lotto 6/49!

$1,000,000Childhood friends win big with Lotto 6/49!

Montréal, December 16, 2019 – Mark Christopher Hodhod, Rodney Jamaal Hyman, Michael George Keating and Spiro Malandrakis, four childhood friends from Laval and Montréal, won $1 million in the December 4 Lotto 6/49 draw. What a great way to celebrate 25 years of friendship!


In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Guaranteed prize
  • Draw date: December 4, 2019
  • Winners’ place of residence: Laval and Montréal
  • Retailer: Pharmacie Jean Coutu (1224 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • The four childhood friends occasionally get together to buy lottery tickets.

  • After visiting the Casino de Montréal, the group decided to buy a Lotto 6/49 ticket.

  • As the group leader, Mark was the first to discover the win. He excitedly called his three friends to tell them the news, but none of them answered! It took three hours for one of them to call back.

  • The lucky winners will be treating their loved ones, making some investments for the future and planning a trip to Los Angeles together next year.


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 December 10, 2019, Loto-Québec paid out 81 prizes of $1,000,000 or more, turning 78 people into millionaires. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 23 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Winners of large prizes are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries site.


Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director, Media and Public Affairs

Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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