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$1,000,000Québec Max turns a Côte-Nord couple into millionaires!

$1,000,000Québec Max turns a Côte-Nord couple into millionaires!

Montréal, October 18, 2019 – Côte-Nord residents Yolande Paquet and her spouse Richard Deschênes took home $1 million thanks to a Québec Max ticket.


In summary

  • Lottery: Québec Max
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Additional prize
  • Draw date: September 20, 2019
  • Winners’ place of residence: Côte-Nord
  • Retailer: Lottery counter at Place de Ville (770 Boulevard Laure, Sept-Îles)
  • The retailer will receive a $10,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec office in Québec City



  • Richard had just left on a two-week hunting trip when his spouse checked their ticket.
  • As soon as she realized they had won $1 million, she immediately contacted her husband to tell him the good news.
  • As he wasn’t able to return for another week to celebrate at home, he kept on calling to ask: “Is it really true we won a million dollars? You’re not pulling my leg, right?”
  • Although Yolande waited for her husband’s return to go and claim the cheque, she said with a smile that she didn’t wait to celebrate with her children!
  • The couple plans to travel a bit and will continue to enjoy life as they always have!

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 17, 2019, Loto-Québec paid out 70 prizes of $1,000,000 or more and turned 65 people into millionaires. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 21 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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