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$1,000,000Québec Max: Zeros bring utter joy to a Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean man

$1,000,000Québec Max: Zeros bring utter joy to a Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean man

Montréal, June 17, 2021 — Louis Vallée got quite the surprise when he strolled over to the pharmacy to buy his newspaper and check a few lottery tickets. The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean resident couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw all those zeros appear on the self-serve ticket checker, and as he quickly counted them, he realized he’d won $1,000,000 in the May 14 Québec Max draw.


In summary

  • Lottery game: Québec Max
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Category: Additional prize
  • Draw date: May 14, 2021
  • Winner’s place of residence: Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Retailer: Pharmacie Jean Coutu (2616 Rue Saint-Hubert, Jonquière)
  • The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.



  • Louis is a lottery enthusiast. Whether it’s for a Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49 or Grande Vie draw, he always has a ticket that needs checking.
  • After checking his winning Québec Max ticket at a retailer, he quickly returned home to check the draw results in the paper in order to get some confirmation that he’d indeed won $1,000,000, When he still felt a hint of doubt, he went over to the lottery kiosk at the mall near his home to validate his ticket.
  • When he claimed his prize, the new millionaire hadn’t yet shared the news with a soul.
  • The winner plans to carry out a variety of projects with his million dollars. With a generous heart, he wants to help out some members of his immediate family. He’d also like to travel to France to see one of his sons next winter, if the situation allows.


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 $5,000 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 May 30, 2021, Loto-Québec paid out 57 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to 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.


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Marilaine Bolduc-Jacob
Communications Advisor

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