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$1,000 a week for lifeGagnant à vie: A Montrealer wins the top prize!

$1,000 a week for lifeGagnant à vie: A Montrealer wins the top prize!

Montreal, August 31, 2020 — Montrealer Sophie Dufort was sceptical when she learned she’d won $1,000 a week for life with Gagnant à vie. In the end, she opted for a lump-sum payment of $1,000,000 instead of the lifetime annuity.


In summary

  • Lottery: Gagnant à vie
  • Prize: $1,000 a week for life
  • Claim date: Aug 10, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montreal
  • Retailer: Dépanneur Laurion (321 Rue Sainte-Marguerite, Montreal)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montreal



  • As someone who hardly ever buys lottery tickets, Sophie was sceptical when she checked her ticket and learned that she’d won $1,000 a week for life.
  • When the clerk was validating her ticket, he gave her a funny smile and said: “Now I believe that people can actually win the lottery!” 
  • The lucky winner says the first thing she plans to treat herself to with the money is a cottage in the Laurentides.


COVID-19: How to claim your prize

As part of the collective effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and to protect the health of its customers and employees, Loto-Québec has temporarily suspended in-person prize claims at its prize claim offices. Winners of prizes of $25,000 or more who have a physical lottery ticket should contact Loto-Québec’s customer service team.


Please note: Owners of physical lottery tickets with an expiry date between March 17 and September 17, 2020, inclusively who’ve won a prize will have an additional six months to claim it. The payment terms for prizes won on lotoquebec.com remain the same.


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 August 17, 2020, Loto-Québec paid out 69 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to lottery winners. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 9 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Major prize winners are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries website.


Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director, Media and Public Affairs

Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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