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$1,000,000A big win for a young woman from Saguenay—Lac‑Saint‑Jean thanks to Célébration

$1,000,000A big win for a young woman from Saguenay—Lac‑Saint‑Jean thanks to Célébration

Montréal, January 27, 2020 – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean resident Michka Morin-Dufresne was stunned to learn that she’d won one of five $1 million prizes in the January 12, 2020, Célébration draw.


In summary

  • Lottery: Célébration
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Draw date: January 12, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Retailer: IGA (150 6e rue, La Baie)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec office in Québec City



  • Michka heard the terminal chime as she waited for a retailer to validate her Célébration 2020 tickets.

  • Convinced it was someone else’s winning ticket, she asked: “Did someone win a million dollars?”

  • The cashier didn't say a word and discretely went to get claim documents. Back at the counter, the employee handed the documents over to Michka and indicated that she couldn’t say the amount out loud; she then slid the ticket and validation slip over to her. That’s when Michka discovered she was a millionaire!

  • Speechless, the lucky winner looked at her spouse and they immediately left the store.

  • Once they arrived at Michka’s mom’s house to tell her the good news, they started crying tears of joy.

  • Michka still has a long way to go before taking retirement, but she said that, since her future is now secure, she will be free to do lots of things.


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.


Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director, Media and Public Affairs

Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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