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$1,000,000Centre-du-Québec: Upon his return to the Belle Province, he picked up some cheese curds and a Québec Max ticket

$1,000,000Centre-du-Québec: Upon his return to the Belle Province, he picked up some cheese curds and a Québec Max ticket

Montréal, October 7, 2020 – After working in Alberta for the past 12 years, Jonathan Lajeunesse returned to settle down in Québec. The Centre-du-Québec resident decided to treat himself to some cheese curds and a few lottery tickets, including a Québec Max that won him $1 million in the September 8 draw.


In summary

  • Lottery: Québec Max
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Additional prize
  • Draw date: September 8, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Centre-du-Québec
  • Retailer: Marché Bonichoix (445 Rue Principale, Ham-Nord)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec office in Quebec City



  • Having found a job this past summer, Jonathan decided to return to his native province of Québec.
  • Cheese curds were pretty hard to find in Alberta, so since he’s been back, Jonathan would buy some as a treat every time he’d stop at a convenience store, along with a soft drink and lottery tickets.
  • Only two weeks after the move, one of the three tickets he bought turned out to be his stroke of luck.
  • After checking his Québec Max ticket on his smartphone, he took the afternoon off work to contact a tax adviser.
  • Although the winner still couldn’t believe he’d won when he picked up his prize, his father was even more difficult to convince, as Jonathan is a prankster.
  • The winner has lots of plans: buy a house with a garage, pay off his car and motorcycle and, especially, start a business.


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, the Montréal and Quebec City prize claim offices are open by appointment only for prize claims amounting to $10,000 or more. Right now, sending in your prize claim by mail is the safest and most efficient way to claim a prize amounting to less than $10,000. 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 October 5, 2020, Loto-Québec paid out 87 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to lottery winners. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 11 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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