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.
- 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.
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.