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$1,000,000Couple from Abitibi‑Témiscamingue celebrate Extra grand prize win

$1,000,000Couple from Abitibi‑Témiscamingue celebrate Extra grand prize win

Montréal, October 11 — Dannie Lafrenière and Michael Allard, a couple from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, took home $1,000,000 in the September 27 Extra draw. It was an emotional moment for these two when they left Loto-Québec’s head office with their cheques.


In summary

  • Lottery: Extra
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Grand prize
  • Draw date: September 27, 2019
  • Winners’ place of residence: Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Retailer: IGA (1450 Rue Royale, Malartic)
  • The retailer will receive a $10,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • The couple was on their way to a volunteer appreciation dinner when they decided to stop at the grocery store and check their ticket. Only Michael went into the store, while Dannie stayed in the car.

  • At some point, Dannie overheard a woman coming out of the store say the name “Mike Allard.” Dannie began to worry a little, wondering what was going on.

  • “You need to come inside quick!” the female shopper told Dannie, even though this woman was a stranger to Dannie and Mike.

  • It suddenly hit Danny that something might be terribly wrong: “What if he’s had a heart attack!” 

  • What she saw instead when she entered the store was her spouse, his eyes filled with tears. Everyone around was applauding. Which is when Michael told her—they’d won a million dollars!

  • The couple, who are very active in the community and own a nursing home, say that they’ll use their winnings to treat their five children and grow their business, and that they’ll invest the rest.


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

Michael et Dannie, gagnants d'un lot de 1 000 000 $ à l'Extra


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 October 8, 2019, Loto-Québec paid out 66 prizes of $1,000,000 or more and turned 62 people into millionaires. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 20 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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