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Grande VieA Montrealer lucks out twice

Grande VieA Montrealer lucks out twice

Montréal, September 11, 2020 — Montréal resident Léonce Simard took home the top prize of $1,000 a day for life in the September 7 Grande Vie draw, thanks to a ticket he bought online at lotoquebec.com. Fun fact: He also snagged the secondary prize of $25,000 a year for life in the same draw, thanks to a second play he purchased with a similar combination as the first.

In summary

  • Lottery: Grande Vie (with tickets purchased online)
  • Prizes: $1,000 a day for life and $25,000 a year for life
  • Categories: grand prize and runner-up prize
  • Draw date: September 7, 2020
  • Winner’s place of residence: Montréal
  • Claim location: Loto-Québec head office, Montréal
  • Odds of winning the grand prize: 1 in 13,348,188
  • Cost per play: $3
  • Draw frequency: Twice a week, every Monday and Thursday



  • Léonce purchased two plays for the same draw and bet on numbers that were meaningful to him.
  • The winner had not yet checked his lotoquebec.com account when a Loto-Québec employee called to give him the good news and make an appointment for him to pick up his winnings at the prize claim office in Montréal.
  • “I’m ecstatic, I just can’t believe it! It’s such a shock. I’ll take my time to think about how to best use the winnings,” said Léonce.
  • Since its launch in October 2016, Grande Vie has paid out 6 top prizes of $1,000 a day for life and 59 secondary prizes of $25,000 a year for life in Québec.
  • Grande Vie is a nationwide lottery game. Its draws are conducted in Toronto via electronic draw machines (computer-generated random number generators), just like the Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 draws.
  • The electronic draws are independently tested and certified by a firm specializing in the field.


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 has temporarily suspended in-person prize claims at its prize claim offices. Winners of prizes of $10,000 or more who have a physical lottery ticket should contact Loto-Québec’s customer service team.


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 September 8, 2020, Loto-Québec paid out 74 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to lottery winners. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 9 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Major prize winners are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries website.



Marisol Schnorr
Head of Media and Public Affairs

Renaud Dugas
Senior Advisor, Media and Public Affairs

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