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$1,200,000Laurentides: He Became a Millionaire by Taking One Last Chance on His Banco Numbers

$1,200,000Laurentides: He Became a Millionaire by Taking One Last Chance on His Banco Numbers

Montréal, August 4, 2021 — Sylvain Pilon had been playing the same 10 Banco numbers for a while, without every winning anything. For the June 4 draw, the Laurentides resident told himself he would try his luck one last time with the same numbers, which ended up earning him a prize of $1,200,000.


In summary

  • Lottery: Banco
  • Prize: $1,200,000
  • Category: 10/10, $2 wager with Turbo x 3
  • Draw date: June 4, 2021
  • Winner’s place of residence: Laurentides
  • Retailer: Dépanneur Miele (80 Rue Leduc, Sainte-Thérèse)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $12,000.



  • Sylvain would occasionally replay a Banco ticket with the same 10 numbers.
  • The day after the draw when he used the Lotteries app on his iPad to check his ticket, he thought he had 9 of the 10 winning numbers and felt lucky to have won a few thousand dollars.
  • Looking closer, he saw he had all the numbers of the winning selection.
  • Since Sylvain had wagered $2, his prize was $400,000. With the Turbo option, the prize was tripled to $1,200,000.
  • Sylvain plans to invest some of his winnings as well as buy a house.


COVID-19: How to claim a prize

As part of the collective effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of its customers and employees, Loto-Québec’s prize claim offices in Montréal and Quebec City are open by appointment only to ticket holders who’ve won a prize of $2,000 or more. For this reason, players who’ve won such a prize should contact Loto-Québec’s customer service team. Under the current circumstances, the safest and most efficient way to claim a prize is still by mail. For more information on prize payment terms and conditions, please visit lotoquebec.com.


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 August 1, 2021, Loto-Québec paid out 100 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to winners. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lottery games have provided 15 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity. Major prize winners are listed on the Winners page of the Lotteries website.


Brian LeCompte
Public Affairs Advisor

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