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$55,000,000 with Lotto MaxJackpot won by Estrie couple on Halloween night

$55,000,000 with Lotto MaxJackpot won by Estrie couple on Halloween night

Montréal, November 6, 2023 Jean Larocque and Catherine Ennis, from Estrie, were in for quite a treat on Halloween. But not the candy kind...  The couple raked in the $55,000,000 jackpot in the October 31 Lotto Max draw!



  • Jean Larocque decided to use the money from a previous minor Lotto Max win to purchase a quick-pick selection for the October 31 draw.
  • The day after the draw, he checked the lotto ticket using the lotoquebec.com ticket checker and was shocked to see $55,000,000 pop up on-screen.
  • He immediately went to see his spouse, who was baking cookies, to tell her that they’d won the jackpot. Larocque being the jokester that he is, she didn’t believe him at first!
  • Larocque went to sleep with the lucky ticket in his pyjamas’ pocket. He said he woke up a few times during the night just to make sure the ticket was still there!
  • The two retirees say they plan to spoil their loved ones and make donations to causes they’re deeply committed to. A fly-fishing enthusiast, Larocque would also love to fish in Scotland.


Part of a slew of major prizes won in just a few weeks

Over the last couple of weeks, a $50,000,000 jackpot has been won by a Montrealer, a $5,000,000 jackpot has been awarded to a group of 28 Université de Montréal co-workers, and the $2,000,000 Québec 49 jackpot has been won three times in the span of two months.


“As you can see from the many major prizes that we’ve awarded recently, Québec players have been on a lucky streak this fall. We’re so proud to be helping the people of Québec in this way and give them the means to make their dreams come true,” says Isabelle Jean, Executive Vice-President and COO of Lottery Games at Loto-Québec.

Isabelle Jean, Chief Operating Officer of Lottery Games, with the winners, Catherine Ennis et Jean Larocque.


In summary

  • Lottery game: Lotto Max
  • Prize: $55,000,000
  • Category: Jackpot
  • Draw date: October 31, 2023
  • Winners’ place of residence: Estrie
  • Ticket purchase location: Dépanneur JA (244 Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Coaticook)

       The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $550,000.


About Loto-Québec

Loto-Québec has been delivering entertainment to Quebecers for over 50 years, and its operations benefit the people and province of Québec. Last year, it paid out 120 prizes of $1,000,000 or more to lottery 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 in the Lotteries section of lotoquebec.com. Read their stories.



Source et renseignements
Renaud Dugas
Spokesperson and Director of Media Relations

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