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$1,000,000A Montrealer becomes a millionaire with a Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased online!

$1,000,000A Montrealer becomes a millionaire with a Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased online!

Montréal, March 12, 2020 – Montrealer Michael Di Paolo took home the $1 million guaranteed prize in the February 26 Lotto 6/49 draw thanks to a ticket purchased on lotoquebec.com, Loto-Québec’s online gaming site.



In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto 6/49
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Guaranteed prize
  • Draw date: February 26, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal
  • Retailer: lotoquebec.com
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office, Montréal



  • When he’s short of time, Michael likes to buy his tickets on Loto-Québec’s website.

  • Although he usually checks his account, he doesn’t always check draw results or app notices.

  • He actually didn’t yet know he’d won when a customer service employee called to make an appointment for him to pick up his cheque.

  • At first, Michael thought it was a hoax.

  • When the employee suggested he access his account to check the latest draw results, he realized it was truly a stroke of luck.

  • He said it was the second best phone call of his life, the first being when his wife called to say she was about to give birth!

  • The lucky winner plans to pay off his mortgage and other debts and also treat his loved ones.


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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