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$7,000,000Lotto 6/49 turns an Outaouais couple into multimillionaires

$7,000,000Lotto 6/49 turns an Outaouais couple into multimillionaires

Montréal, July 18, 2019 – Colette Laberge and Mario Lafrenière have always dreamt of winning the lottery. Still, the Gatineau couple found it hard to believe when the winning ticket in the July 10 Lotto 6/49 draw—which offered a $7 million jackpot—turned out to be theirs!


The winners celebrated their win with their loved ones today at a press conference at the Lac-Leamy complex.


In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize: $7,000,000
  • Category: Jackpot
  • Draw date: July 10, 2019
  • Winners’ place of residence: Outaouais
  • Retailer: Uniprix Danyel Dessureault (214 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau)
  • The retailer will receive a $70,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Casino du Lac-Leamy



  • Colette Laberge was working at Uniprix when a customer mentioned that the winning ticket in the July 10 Lotto 6/49 draw had been purchased in Gatineau and that Loto‑Québec was on the hunt for the winner.
  • Realizing that she had bought a ticket for that draw, Colette checked it as her co‑workers looked on. Needless to say, the whole pharmacy heard when she screamed with joy!
  • Despite all the cheering and excitement around her, Colette still felt a twinge of doubt, so she asked one of her co‑workers to check her ticket using the lottery terminal. It confirmed that she had indeed won!
  • Next, Colette let her partner in life (and in lottery) Mario Lafrenière know that they had just become multimillionaires.
  • The winners have every intention of enjoying their prize, but they also plan on sharing the wealth. “We’ll definitely be spoiling our family,” said Colette.


A video of the winners is available on Loto-Québec’s YouTube channel.

Colette et Mario, gagnants d'un gros lot de 7 000 000 $ au Lotto 6/49


Lottery prize payments in casinos and gaming halls

Lottery winners can claim their prizes at the Salon de jeux de Trois-Rivières or Salon de jeux de Québec, Loto-Québec’s Montréal or Québec City offices, or the Casino de Montréal, Casino du Lac-Leamy, Casino de Charlevoix or Casino de Mont-Tremblant. Full details can be found on the You’ve won the lottery? page of the Lotteries site.


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 July 16, 2019, Loto-Québec paid out 43 prizes worth $1 million or more, turning 45 people into millionaires. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 14 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Winners of large prizes are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries website.


Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director, Media and Public Affairs

Samuel Larochelle
Public Affairs Advisor

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