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A Montréal woman plays the lottery for the first time…and wins the $70,000,000 Lotto Max jackpot!

A Montréal woman plays the lottery for the first time…and wins the $70,000,000 Lotto Max jackpot!

Montréal, November 6, 2020 — Montréal resident Shu Ping Li took home the whopping $70,000,000 jackpot in the October 9 Lotto Max draw. It was the very first time that the lucky winner played the lottery, and what an unforgettable experience it turned out to be! This is the second time a prize of this size has been won in Québec this year.


The newly minted millionaire attended a press conference at Loto-Québec’s head office in Montréal. The press conference was held in accordance with current public health guidelines, and streamed live so that members of the media and the public could attend virtually.


So that physical distancing could be maintained. Loto-Québec presented the cheque using SARA, a human-sized robot designed, developed and controlled by the ÉTS’s Walking Machine student club. Thanks to its partnership with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and Centech, which aims to support innovation in Québec, Loto-Québec had the pleasure of using the robot for a second time.


In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto Max
  • Prize: $70,000,000
  • Category: Jackpot
  • Draw date: October 9, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal
  • Retailer: Dépanneur Mu (12101 Avenue du Bois-de-Boulogne, Montréal)

The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $700,000.

  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office in Montréal



  • Shu Ping Li bought lottery tickets for the first time a few weeks earlier, after seeing that a major lottery prize had been won in Québec.
  • The $70,000,000 jackpot that Lotto Max was offering on October 9 pushed her to try her luck.
  • The winner found out she’d won the day after the draw. Overcome with emotion, she waited for her emotions to stabilize before claiming her prize.
  • The winner says that she wants to take some time to think about how she’ll spend her windfall.



“This is the biggest prize that Lotto Max players can win, but also the biggest prize of any lottery game offered by Loto-Québec and in Canada. We’re proud to present a Québec winner, for the second time in our history, with a prize of this magnitude. Last February, a family of eight from the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalache regions won the same record jackpot amount,” Loto-Québec President and CEO Lynne Roiter reminded the media.

The press conference was streamed live on Facebook.

COVID-19: How to claim your prize

As part of the collective effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of its customers and employees, Loto-Québec has reopened its prize claim offices in Montréal and Quebec City by appointment only, and only for prize claims amounting to $10,000 or more. Right now, the safest and most efficient way to claim a prize amounting to less than $10,000 is by mail. Prizes amounting to $600 or less can be claimed at any Loto-Québec retailer.


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. The payment terms for prizes won on 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. Between January 1 and November 2, 2020, Loto-Québec paid out 94 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to lottery winners. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 13 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Major prize winners are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries website.


Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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