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$25,000 a year for life!Grande Vie: A walk to remember for an Estrie resident

$25,000 a year for life!Grande Vie: A walk to remember for an Estrie resident

Montréal, May 21, 2020 — Estrie resident Mathieu Fontaine takes daily walks with his daughter, however this one will forever stick in his mind. It was then that he found out he won $25,000 a year for life in the April 6 Grande Vie draw.


In summary

  • Lottery: Grande Vie (with a ticket purchased online)
  • Prize: $25,000 a year for life
  • Category: Bonus prize
  • Draw date: April 6, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Estrie



  • Mathieu buys Grande Vie lottery tickets from time to time. It’s only recently that he started buying them online.
  • He decided to check his lottery tickets while out on a walk with his daughter, who was sleeping peacefully at the time. He took out his phone and opened the Loto-Québec Lotteries app.
  • The winner couldn’t believe it when he saw the $25,000 a-year-for-life bonus prize on his screen. He just kept on walking, the whole time staring at his phone.
  • When he got home, he called out to his spouse in a serious tone. Worried at first, she soon realized that what Mathieu wanted to share was good news. “She was jumping for joy, while I just still couldn't believe it!” recalled the lucky winner.
  • With his windfall, Mathieu says he has every intention of keeping his lifestyle the same... But getting rid of the financial stresses!


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 temporarily suspended in-person prize claims at its prize claim offices on March 18. Winners of prizes of $25,000 or more who have a physical lottery ticket are invited to contact Loto-Québec’s Customer Service team. All other prizes can be claimed by mail.


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. We advise them to hold on to their ticket(s); they’ll be able to claim their prize when things get back to normal. The payment terms for prizes won at 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. 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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