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Célébration 2024Sébastien Benoit surprises newly millionaire Lanaudière resident

Célébration 2024Sébastien Benoit surprises newly millionaire Lanaudière resident

Montréal, January 24, 2024 — Lanaudière resident Pierre Synnott had a very emotional time when he came to Loto-Québec’s office to claim the $1,000,000 prize he won with a Célébration 2024 scratch ticket. In addition to receiving his cheque, he had the wonderful surprise of running into gala host Sébastien Benoit, with whom he’d worked in the 90s.


VIDEO | Watch Pierre Synnott and Sébastien Benoit meet https://youtu.be/I_XEFPKKynw?si=XGpQpopQLIoVD4Nl.



  • Pierre Synnott and Sébastien Benoit are former colleagues. The winner was a security guard at the TQS studios, and the host was a reporter for Flash. It was quite a surprise for Synnott, who was thrilled to see him after all this time—especially under these circumstances!
  • He checked the draw results on lotoquebec.com the day after the gala. He couldn’t believe he’d won $1,000,000, so he called his sister, who also checked the results and confirmed that he did have the winning number.
  • The winner plans to use his windfall to donate to organizations he holds dear. He also plans to travel more often to his native Gaspésie, which he calls “his little corner of the world.”


The winning ticket was purchased at the Carrefour de la Pointe Jean Coutu pharmacy in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Pierre Synnott 

In summary

  • Lottery game: Célébration 2024
  • Prize: $1,000,000
  • Draw date: January 7, 2024
  • Winner’s place of residence: Lanaudière
  • Ticket purchase location: Jean Coutu pharmacy (12675 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Pointe-aux-Trembles)

       The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $10,000.


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. In 2023, it paid out over $1.6 billion in prizes to lottery winners. Major prize winners are listed on the Winners page in the Lotteries section of lotoquebec.com. Read their stories.


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Renaud Dugas
Spokesperson and Director of Media Relations

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