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“A once-in-a-lifetime dream!”She won $609,863 online

“A once-in-a-lifetime dream!”She won $609,863 online

Montréal, May 6, 2020 — On May 3, Montrealer Sonya Rousselle took home $609,863 playing Odds of the Gods on lotoquebec.com. Because of social distancing, our interview with the winner and her friend Sandy was conducted virtually.


In summary

  • Game: Odds of the Gods
  • Prize: $609,863
  • Win date: May 3, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal



  • On the evening of May 3, Sonya was playing Odds of the Gods with her good friend Sandy—something they do regularly.
  • During the Bonus, they didn’t expect to win $609,863 when the diamond suddenly popped up on-screen!
  • The excitement in their reaction was palpable. “We were shrieking with joy, it was crazy! We phoned our friends, woke up our kids... We celebrated!” the friends told us, adding that they were unable to sleep a wink that night.
  • Not believing her luck, Sonya logged in and out of our gaming website several times to see if the money was still in her account.
  • Sonya will be splitting the money with her friend Sandy and Sandy’s boyfriend, Éric.
  • The two friends say they’ve already made plans on how they’ll spend their windfall. Sandy talked about buying a cottage, while Sonya admitted that she wants to mull things over a bit longer, but is thinking of changing careers and wants to treat herself and her family.


The interview with Sonya and Sandy is posted on Loto-Québec’s YouTube channel.

Sonya, gagnante d'un lot de 609 863 $ à Chances des dieux


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 website.


Patrice Lavoie
Corporate Director, Media and Public Affairs

Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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