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$801,354“It’s surreal!”

$801,354“It’s surreal!”

Montréal, March 18, 2020 — On March 3, Outaouais resident Steven Taraborrelli won $801,354 playing MegaJackpotsTM CleopatraTM on lotoquebec.com.


In summary

  • Game: MegaJackpotsTM CleopatraTM
  • Prize: $801,354
  • Date of the win: March 3, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Outaouais
  • Claim date and location: March 7, 2020, at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau



  • Steven was playing online on his smartphone while his fiancée slept next to him. He likes to relax that way and does so regularly.

  • Right when he saw a $801,354 progressive jackpot win at MegaJackpotsTM CleopatraTM, his screen went completely black. After a moment of panic during which he feared he’d lost everything, Steven realized that his phone battery had died. He quickly woke up his spouse, exclaiming: “Quick, give me your cell phone, I think I just won big!”

  • After speaking with a lotoquebec.com staff member who confirmed that he’d indeed won, he didn’t sleep for three days: “I was in a complete state of shock!”

  • His fiancée and in-laws were with him when he came to pick up his cheque at the Casino du Lac-Leamy. He told us he still can’t believe that he’s pocketed over half a million dollars.

  • Steven says he’ll take some time to think about how he’ll spend his windfall, but one thing is for sure, he plans to make the most of it.


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 $1,000,000 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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