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$1,000,000A Montrealer finds out he won $1 million one month after the Célébration 2019 draw

$1,000,000A Montrealer finds out he won $1 million one month after the Célébration 2019 draw

Montréal, March 1, 2019 – Seeing that he didn’t win the $5,000,000 grand prize, François Lemieux was in no rush to go check his Célébration 2019 ticket. Which is why it took a whole month after the TV draw aired for the Montrealer to come claim his $1,000,000 prize on January 13. Talk about a dream come true!


In summary

  • Lottery: Célébration 2019
  • Prize: $1 million
  • Category: Runner-up prize
  • Draw date: January 13, 2019
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal
  • Retailer: Pharmacie Jean-Coutu (6405 Boulevard Léger, Montréal)
  • The retailer will receive a $10,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • François still couldn’t believe his luck when he came to claim his prize at Loto-Québec’s head office on February 22.

  • He admits to comparing the winning numbers with his own several times before starting to wonder whether he’d actually won.

  • The new millionaire plans to take some time and think about he’ll invest his winnings. Right now, the plan is to pay off his mortgage and buy a new car.

  • He is the last of the five $1,000,000 runner-up prize winners to come pick up his cheque.


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. In 2018, Loto-Québec paid out a record 139 prizes worth $1 million or more. Gagnant à vie, Grande Vie and Liste de vie lotteries have provided 22 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Winners of large prizes are listed on Winners page of the Lotteries site.


A video of the winner will be posted on Loto-Québec’s YouTube channel. You may embed it in your online article:

François, gagnant d’un lot de 1 000 000 $ à Célébration


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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