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$1,000,000Two Capitale-Nationale friends share a Guaranteed Prize at Lotto 6/49

$1,000,000Two Capitale-Nationale friends share a Guaranteed Prize at Lotto 6/49

Montréal, January 11, 2019 – Capitale-Nationale residents Colette Hamel and Nancy Barrette pocketed a million dollars at the Lotto 6/49 draw of December 26.


In short

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize won: $1,000,000
  • Category: Guaranteed Prize
  • Claim date: December 26, 2018
  • Winner’s place of residence: Capitale-Nationale
  • Retailer: Provigo (260 Rue Saint-Cyrille, Saint-Raymond)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s Québec City office



  • Ms. Hamel and Ms. Barrette, co-workers and old friends, have been playing Lotto 6/49 together for 30 years.
  • Ms. Hamel learned of their good fortune when she had her ticket validated at the grocery store.
  • When the cashier told her she had a winning ticket, she said, “Do I need to put on my glasses?” It was worth it, indeed, because once she had her glasses on, she saw that she and her friend had won $1,000,000!
  • She immediately informed her friend, Ms. Barrette, who was skeptical before realizing it was actually true.
  • Ms. Barrette plans on taking an early retirement. Ms. Hamel quipped that she would start by replacing her old golf cart!


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 139 lottery prizes worth $1 million or more. Gagnant à vie!, Grande Vie and Liste de vie! lotteries provided 22 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Our big prize winners can be found on the Lotteries website’s Winners page.


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

Danny Racine
Communications Advisor

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