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$1,000,000Lotto 6/49: The Guaranteed Prize is won by a Montérégie resident!

$1,000,000Lotto 6/49: The Guaranteed Prize is won by a Montérégie resident!

Montréal, February 11, 2019 – On January 26, Montérégie resident Normand Bessette pocketed the million-dollar Guaranteed Prize at Lotto 6/49.


In short

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize won: $1,000,000
  • Category: Guaranteed Prize
  • Draw date: January 26, 2019
  • Winners’ place of residence: Montérégie
  • Retailer: Dépanneur du Bord de l’eau (471 Route 132, Sainte-Barbe)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s head offices in Montréal



  • Mr. Bessette decided to have his Lotto 6/49 ticket validated while running errands at a retailer.
  • When he realized he was a millionaire, he cried out, “I just won the million!”
  • Although the cashier was a bit shaken, Mr. Bessette seemed cool as a cucumber… on the outside.
  • He had just told the cashier it was the last time he buys a ticket because he never wins.
  • On his way home, he opened his four windows and hollered all the way home!
  • A loyal Lotto 6/49 customer for 15 years, Mr. Bessette plans on using his winnings to buy a new Jeep, go on a fishing expedition and make investments.


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. A list of the winners is available on the Winners page of the Lotteries site.

A video of the winner was posted to Loto-Québec’s YouTube channel. It can be used for online versions of articles (in French): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV4WC_Pkr7w



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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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