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$1,000,000New millionaire in Laval thanks to Lotto 6/49

$1,000,000New millionaire in Laval thanks to Lotto 6/49

Montréal, February 18, 2020 — Laval resident Georges Ghantous took home the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize in the February 5 Lotto 6/49 draw. 


In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Guaranteed prize
  • Draw date: February 5, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Laval
  • Retailer: Lottery kiosk at Centre Commercial Village-Montpellier (740 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • Georges went to a retailer with the intention of buying two Lotto Max tickets. However, once he got there—and on the advice of the lottery kiosk employee—he ended up buying a Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 ticket.

  • Georges was in for quite a shock when he validated his ticket at the grocery store. Although the lottery terminal emitted a winning sound, he didn’t see how much he’d won.

  • He did, however, see a Loto-Québec ad displaying the number 50 pop up on-screen.

  • When he caught the employee’s reaction, Georges realized he’d won big! Instinctively, his mind went back to the number 50, and he thought, “I’ve just won $50,000!” Only later did the Laval resident find out he’d actually won the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize.

  • The newly minted millionaire says he plans to invest in real estate with his winnings.


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 2019, Loto-Québec paid out 88 prizes of $1 million or more. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 23 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Major prize winners are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries site.



Marisol Schnorr
Head of Media and Public Affairs

Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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