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$70,000,000A family of eight share a record jackpot at Lotto Max

$70,000,000A family of eight share a record jackpot at Lotto Max

Québec City, February 28, 2020 – A Chaudière-Appalaches/Capitale-Nationale family of eight pocketed the astonishing sum of $70,000,000 at the February 25 Lotto Max draw, making them the winners of the biggest jackpot ever awarded by Loto-Québec!


“This is the first time in our history that a jackpot this large is won in Québec. Lotto Max is one of Quebecers’ favourite lotteries, producing a great many winners year after year. What’s more, this record jackpot coincides with Loto-Québec’s 50th anniversary,” said Lynne Roiter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Loto-Québec.


The family celebrated their big win during a festive gathering of the media held today at Loto-Québec’s Québec City offices.


In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto Max
  • Prize: $70,000,000
  • Category: jackpot
  • Draw date: February 25, 2020
  • Winners’ place of residence: Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Retailer: Coop Sainte-Foy IGA Extra (999 Avenue de Bourgogne, Québec)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $700,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec’s offices in Québec City


The lucky winners:

  • Ursule Jolicoeur

  • Sandra Julien

  • Sonia Julien

  • Sylvie Julien

  • Denis Lessard

  • Gregory Mathieu

  • Derek Prévost

  • Stéphane Prévost



  • Gregory had just arrived at work where he validated his ticket and discovered he was in possession of the winning ticket worth $70,000,000.

  • An ecstatic Gregory was congratulated by all the customers and co-workers on hand. He immediately called his mother to tell her the good news.

  • “We are a very close-knit family and I am thrilled that we are able to experience this life-changing moment together,” stated Sandra Julien.

  • The elated winners wish to take time to let the dust settle and reflect on their future. Some members of the group already have plans in their sights, such as purchasing a new car and travelling, but one thing is for sure: they will all be taking a family vacation together.


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.


Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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