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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott Pichette has been working from home. From time to time, he treats himself to a game of Lucky Lily Keno, especially when the progressive jackpot is unusually big. On the evening of July 2, the numbers he played triggered the bonus wheel. He spun it, without even thinking that he could win such a large sum, and that’s when it happened: the $105,327 progressive jackpot vanished from the game and wound up in his account! “It’s hard to believe!” he said when we rang him up to confirm his win. The Montrealer is a big believer in the whole “pay it forward” idea. In these difficult times, he says he plans to use his windfall, which was such a nice surprise, to help out and spoil his family.
Back in May, Jacqueline Arseneault decided to open an account on lotoquebec.com. She’d never played online before. On the morning of June 25, she decided to give Golden Goddess MegaJackpots a spin and felt a feeling she’d never felt before. “I saw a message pop up and went to get a magnifying glass so that I could read it, it was so small. My heart was beating, I was shaking!” She’d just won the $811,669 progressive jackpot. The young retiree says that, with the money, she’ll be able to carry out plans that she’d already made. She’ll also use it to spoil her family members. “It’s crazy! I’m speechless,” she exclaimed before the call ended.
Mark Bonspille is a lucky guy. In 2017, he came with his spouse to Loto-Québec’s offices to pick up a cheque for a prize that she’d won playing Chain Reactors Super Trails. During his visit, Mark got a code to sign up for Loto-Québec’s gaming website, which he did. Yesterday, on Father’s Day, he took home the $164,670 progressive jackpot... from playing the same game his spouse had when she won! He was alone when it happened. “I placed a bet and popped into the kitchen for two seconds. When I came back, I saw the progressive jackpot on-screen. I thought someone else had won it!” The Laurentides resident was already in the process of buying a new home. He says he still hasn’t broken the good news to his spouse, preferring to do so once the new house is theirs. After that, he says he plans to pay off her car. One thing is for sure though—this is one lucky and happy couple!
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On Saturday night, after finishing his housework, Raphael Gagnon took a short break to play Notre Dame on his phone. After placing just five bets, he got the surprise of his life and won the $142,930 jackpot. He couldn't believe his eyes! “I closed the app, then opened it again. I wanted to make sure it was real, that I had really won!” The 24-year-old winner wasted no time in phoning up his mother to tell her the good news. “She didn’t believe me. She thought it was a prank!” he recalls, all excited and not quite realizing what just happened to him. Raphael, who works in the car detailing industry, just got his licence. He says he plans to pay off debts, and buy a nice brand spanking new car.
For the second time in three years, Christian Gauthier has won the annual Mise-o-jeu pool, and is now $100,000 richer. Christian is a pooler who follows stats and player profiles very closely. One thing he noticed was that “when you’re in the lead, other players look at what you’re doing and sometimes copy you and make the same bets.” That’s why he’s made it a habit to place his own a few minutes before midnight. He even sets his alarm clock to wake up just in time to do so!
This year, he says his star player was J.T. Miller of the Vancouver Canucks. As for his favourite team, Christian says it’s the Winnipeg Jets. In fact, he plans to use his windfall to attend a game in Winnipeg, and then another in Vancouver to thank Miller in person!
Claudia Lacroix is still floating on air. After turning down a car ride with her boyfriend after dinner, and tired from her day, Claudia decided to enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub and play Pots O’ Luck! When the three pots of gold appeared, she couldn’t believe it. “I had no idea how much I was winning... The amount kept going up, up, up, and wouldn’t stop climbing. It was crazy!”. A practical nurse at a residential and long-term care centre (that luckily hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19), she broke the news of her $125,845 win to her colleagues on Monday morning. “They were so excited for me! You could hear them say: ‘If I won, I’d buy this...’ They couldn’t believe it!”. The Montérégie resident, who’s now bursting with energy, says she plans to use her “sweet little win” to finish up renovations on her home.
On Sunday, May 3, Sonya was playing Odds of the Gods with her good friend Sandy, as they so often do. During the Bonus, they thought they had to get to the doors to win the jackpot. They didn’t expect to take home $609,863 when the diamond suddenly popped up on-screen. “We were shrieking with joy, it was crazy! We phoned our friends, woke up our kids... We celebrated!” They couldn’t sleep that night they were so excited. Not believing her luck, Sonya logged on and off our gaming website several times to see if the money was still in her account. “I wanted to make sure it was real, that I hadn’t just dreamt it up. We’re splitting the money three ways—me, my friend Sandy, and her boyfriend, Éric.” While Sandy talked about buying a cottage, and Éric realized he could pay off his car, Sonya told us she wanted to take more time to mull over how she’ll spend her windfall. She said she’s thinking of changing careers and treating herself. “Come Friday, I’m going to be rich!”
On the evening of April 30, Raymond Desjardins was playing poker on OK POKER. It was only when it got to the river, and the cards already dealt were a 10 of spades, 6 of diamonds, 10 of hearts, 8 of spades and 7 of spades, that he realized he had a straight flush of spades. Raymond immediately called over his son: “Come see! I’ve got a straight flush!” When one of his opponents decided to go all in, he knew he was about to win big. “That’s when I saw my opponent play the worst beat hand. When I saw those two 10s, that was it... I was ecstatic! My son and I let out a big whoop,” the Montrealer excitedly explained to us over the phone. “It was a really happy moment. I can only imagine how my opponent felt when he saw that he’d won the most money with his losing hand!” Raymond took home $188,974, while his opponent with the second highest ranking hand (or worst beat hand) won $377,974. The other players at the table pocketed
a cool $31,495 each. Raymond, who loves to fish, says he’s still in shock and wants
to wait a little before making any plans on how he’ll spend the money.
He does, however, plan to celebrate the win with family!
Alexandre Campeau was quietly playing Cashdrop on April 24. It was a huge surprise when he realized that he’d won the $110,950 progressive jackpot! “I didn’t really believe it!” Alone when he won—due to the lockdown—Alexandre had no one to share his jubilation with. It won’t stop this Montrealer from making the most of his windfall though. Alexandre says he’ll use the money to pay off debts and invest in his production company!
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Practical nurse and Capitale-Nationale resident Chantal Plourde got the surprise of her life on April 22. While taking a relaxing soak in the tub, she tried her luck at the Chain Reactors Super Trails game. And after just two bets, she bagged the $147,441 progressive jackpot! “After two plays, I just couldn’t believe it!” After taking three screenshots of her prize, stealing a look at her account balance and then at the amount of the progressive jackpot, and talking on the phone with our Customer Service team, she realized she wasn’t dreaming. “If you look quickly, you think it’s $14,000, but no!” The lucky winner didn’t wait long before calling up her girlfriend to tell her the good news. The latter just couldn’t believe it. Chantal then called her mother,
who was sceptical and thought she was joking at first. “It’s hard to
believe,” the winner giggled during our call. In terms of plans, she says
she’s thinking about adding some extra living space to her house.
Isolated at home since the beginning of the crisis due to her health
condition, Chantal often thinks about her hard-working colleagues
in the field. Her personalized avatar captures this!
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Marilyne Émond was playing Pots O’Luck on her computer on April 7 when, as luck would have it, she landed on three pot-of-gold symbols during the free spins bonus. Distracted, she didn’t notice right away that they appeared on the caravan pay line... meaning that the corresponding progressive jackpot of $139,344 was hers! When this sunk in, she was so in shock that she closed the game window. “I didn’t think I’d won that much!” When she reopened the game and saw how much she’d won, Marilyne just couldn’t believe it. The Côte-Nord resident says she has no plans yet, and needs a bit more time to think about how she’ll spend her windfall.
Steven Taraborrelli was playing online on his smartphone while his fiancée slept next to him. He likes to relax that way and does so regularly. Right when the screen showed a $801,354 progressive jackpot win at MegaJackpots™ Cleopatra™, his screen when completely black. After a moment of panic fearing he’d lost everything, Steven realized that his phone battery was discharged. He quickly woke up his spouse yelling: “Quick, give me your cell phone, I think I just won big!” After speaking with a lotoquebec.com staff member and confirming that he’d indeed won, he didn’t sleep for three days: “I was completely shocked!” His fiancée and in-laws came with him to the Casino du Lac-Leamy to pick up his cheque. Steven said that he still couldn’t believe that he just pocketed over a half-million dollars. He’ll take his time to consider what to do with that tidy sum of money, but one thing is sure, he plans to make the most of it.
Derek Wysocki is a fan of Loto-Québec's online gaming site and likes the convenience of buying his lottery tickets that way. He was really surprised to learn that he’d won $25,000 in the February 21 Extra draw! Derek’s brother came along with him to pick up his winnings. The pair planned a nice celebration as they left Loto-Québec’s offices!
Michael Di Paolo won his prize with a ticket he bought online. When he’s short of time, he appreciates the convenience of buying his tickets with the mobile app. Although he usually checks his account, he doesn’t always check draw results or app notices. When Loto-Québec called him the day after the draw, he had no idea that he’d won $1,000,002 in the February 26 Lotto 6/49 draw. Thinking the call was a hoax, he accessed his account to check his ticket. That’s when he said, “This was the second best phone call of my life, the first being my wife when she called to say she was in labour!” He couldn’t believe his luck, especially as only a few hours earlier, his garage told him that repairs on his car would cost $5,000! Michael plans to pay off his mortgage, the car repairs and other debts. After all that, he’ll treat his loved ones!
Joey Lechasseur didn’t know about lotoquebec.com until a friend said he should take a look. On the morning of February 25, the two friends were together, each playing various slot games on their mobile phone, when Joey decided to bet a few dollars on the Notre-Dame game. The progressive jackpot was what drew his attention. “Treasure chests kept on popping up,” said the winner. In the end, a total win of $381,662 was displayed on the screen! Joey is planning to offer a gift to the friend who introduced him to Loto-Québec's online gaming site. He will also treat himself to a new acoustic guitar.
Glen has been buying lottery tickets online ever since lotoquebec.com started offering them. He finds them really practical and doesn’t worry about forgetting to check his tickets. The day after the January 11 Lotto 6/49 draw, he woke up to Loto-Québec’s email announcing that he’d won $51,406. What a surprise! He immediately called out to his wife Monique to come and see it. Thinking the worse, she didn’t understand what was happening. Once she saw the email though, she realized that life would be a little easier from then on! The winner and his spouse will now be able to finally do the home renovations they’d been putting off for a long time. They also plan to take their two children to Disney World.
Mr. Filijowycz always buys his tickets online. He was at the garage having his care repaired when he got a call saying that he’d won $197,679 thanks to Lotto Max, his favourite lottery. The news couldn’t have come at a better time: In the same week, he had to have a root canal and his car broke down. His cousin with whom he is really close came along to Loto-Québec’s offices to share the excitement of winning. Aside from making some investments, he plans to make his long-time dream come true: Go to see the Super Bowl.
Denis hadn’t purchased a La Poule aux oeufs d’or ticket in 10 years. While preparing to buy his lottery tickets on lotoquebec.com, the game’s logo caught his eye. After winning a few dollars, he bought a second ticket, and won a spot on the TV show! Denis says that buying lottery tickets online is very practical and can pay off—big time! He ended up winning $9,500 as a contestant on the January 9 episode of La Poule and with that, his dream of salmon fishing in Gaspésie will come true.
In Daniel’s couple, he is the lottery fan. He likes to try his luck when large prizes are offered and finds lotoquebec.com’s platform very user-friendly. Recently, he was delighted to visit Loto-Québec’s claim centre for a second time! After winning $5,000 at Lotto 6/49 just over five years ago, the Laval resident took home one half of a Maxmillions, or $500,000, thanks to a Lotto Max ticket purchased online. For the December 31 draw, he bought two tickets: one with his favourite combination and the other as a Quick Pick. It was the latter that delivered the big surprise! When Daniel checked the draw results on the morning of January 1, he immediately said to his spouse: “Sweetheart! We’ve won $500,000!” She was more sceptical, though. “It’s unbelievable,” she said when they came to pick up the cheque. Thanks to that second win, the lucky man will have a more comfortable retirement.
Outaouais resident Allain Charbonneau hardly ever forgets to check the lottery tickets he buys on lotoquebec.com. That's why he was surprised when Loto-Québec called him to make an appointment to pick up the 5/6+B prize of $301,566, which he didn’t know he’d won in the Lotto 6/49 December 21 draw. “You just made my day!” he exclaimed. He remained sceptical, though, as he’d previously pranked his co-workers into believing they’d won a lottery prize and thought one of them might be returning the favour. Once he received, checked and rechecked the confirmation email, he finally believed his ship had come in. The money will enable the winner to retire and buy a log house.
Serge really likes the online gaming platform because it allows him to deposit a weekly amount of cash to buy lottery products. Just before leaving for work last week, he decided to play Lotto Poker. He could hardly believe it when he saw the amount of the progressive jackpot on the screen, and hurried to wake his spouse to tell her the news. Being retired, she grumbled that he’d better have a really good reason for waking her up. She never thought that he could’ve won the lottery! Serge took home $180,358 just in time for the holidays. He plans to surprise his two children with a nice Christmas cheque. Other plans: retire a year earlier, buy a new RV to replace his old one, and buy a tablet computer (done!).
On December 18, Christine enjoyed her morning cup of coffee and played Pots O’ Luck while her spouse slept in. “I was astonished to see the golden pots suddenly rain down!” She quickly went to wake her spouse to tell him she’d just won $169,941. “He didn’t believe me!” Christine will use the tidy sum to treat her loved ones at Christmas and put certain plans into action earlier than expected. The trip to Cuba Christine and her spouse had scheduled to celebrate the New Year will be especially relaxing!
Not wanting to risk waking up his girlfriend, Danick decided to bet a few dollars on lotoquebec.com rather than watch TV. He was playing Chain Reactors Super Trails when the clock struck 12:30 a.m., the stars aligned and an amount of $270,183 popped up on his screen. The lucky winner immediately went to wake up his girlfriend—and call his parents whom he knew would still be awake at that time—to tell them the good news. His mother and father were somewhat skeptical... It was only when they got to Loto-Québec’s offices that their doubts vanished. Danick, who’s been running his own company for two years, says he plans to invest the money and enjoy his windfall for as long as possible.
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Fadi Harb, a young Concordia University student, explained how he discovered his $361,263 win playing Odds of the Gods on November 16. “I’ve been a lotoquebec.com customer for a while now. Sitting in my living room, I decided to try my luck at the Odds of the Gods slot game. When the Mount Olympus bonus and diamond appeared to indicate that I’d won the progressive prize, I was simply stunned! I sank to the floor I was so chocked. I immediately called my mom to tell her about it. She didn’t believe me until I showed her a screen shot of the win. Over a quarter million dollars... that’s a real life changer! I’ll certainly treat myself a bit, but I’ll mainly use it to pay off my student debt, take a couple of trips, buy a house and treat my parents who will be retiring soon.”
Some gaming credits left and remembered her $10 win. She decided to reinvest it in more La Poule aux œufs d’or tickets, where she uncovered three TV symbols and a message that she’d won a spot on the TV program. She thought it must have been a mistake... “That can't be!” she exclaimed. Hélène won $52,000 during the November 14 show recording. She’s planning on buying some property.
Richard Fortin had been registered on lotoquebec.com for some time, but he rarely purchased his lottery tickets online. After losing a ticket in the laundry, he decided to change his habits. “Now, I always buy my tickets online! I love it. I encouraged several friends to do the same.” He likes the idea of accessing his account and seeing all his selections at a glance, in addition to having the entire product offering displayed. “I try new things... For example, I’d never played La Mini before.” It’s with that lottery that the Côte Nord resident won the $50,000 grand prize on November 1. “I couldn't believe my eyes!” said the winner, shedding a tear as he accepted his cheque at Loto-Québec’s offices in Québec City. He plans to invest his winnings.
On November 3, Nicole Saulnier and her spouse were comfortably seated in their living room playing Lucky Lily Keno online. After triggering the wheel with 8 out of 10, they realized they’d won the $265,266 progressive jackpot! “When the wheel stopped on white, we were stunned!” said the winner as she accepted her cheque at Loto-Québec’s offices in Montréal. “We didn’t sleep much. I thought I’d wake up to find it wasn’t true!” Planning ahead for their retirement, the couple had just purchased the RV they’d always wanted. Now, thanks to this win, they’ve already planned their first trip!
For about five years now, Mr. Jeannot Labrie has been a customer of lotoquebec.com, buying his tickets online. The one he bought for the Double Jeu Max on November 1 turned out to be a winner! He was not prepared for the email he received from Loto-Québec the day after draw, informing him that he’d won $100,000 with his Québec Max selection. He even asked his spouse to confirm that he’d read it correctly. Neither of them could believe it! As they both love to travel, the winner and his spouse will be taking their romantic trip to Europe earlier than expected.
A group of 48 colleagues from the Capitale-Nationale region who bought their ticket online got a nice surprise when they came in to work one morning and found out they won $92,268 in the September 24 Lotto Max draw.
The winners remember being caught up in a flood of euphoria when their group captain, Éric Boivin, delivered the news.
By lunchtime, twenty-eight of the 48 winners had made their way to Loto-Québec’s offices in Quebec City, ready to pick up their cheque. Everyone was in high spirits!
Yvon Lamontagne enjoys playing the lottery via Loto-Québec’s online gaming site. One morning, Yves got up to check whether his weekend lottery purchases had won him money, and to see how big the Lotto Poker Plus jackpot had risen. Upon seeing that the amount was quite high, he decided to place a bet. Through the Quick Play option, he immediately got a royal flush. Though Yves initially thought he’d won $5,000, it was another amount—$152,206—that popped up on his screen! Nothing could have prepared him for such a whopping surprise so early in the morning! Yves quickly called his sister to tell her the good news. He says he plans to use the money to pay off the car he just bought and set some other plans into motion, like buying a new home.
On October 4, Nicole tried her luck with the Powerbucks™ Wheel of Fortune® Getaway game. A few bets later, she triggered the bonus wheel and tried to see what amounts were up for grabs as the wheel spun around. She didn’t have time to see much, because the wheel quickly stopped on Powerbucks. As she wondered what that meant, an animation surprised her and confirmed that she’d just won $1,000,000! “Did I really just win $1 million? That can’t be! I can’t believe it!” Nicole quickly called customer service to confirm the win. Once her spouse heard the big news, they realized that their dream would come true: They’d finally be able to get an RV to make their retirement even better. After that purchase, they’ll let the dust settle before making other plans. “I’m a saver more than a spender!” she said with a smile as she accepted her cheque at Loto-Québec’s offices in Montréal.
Sylvain got quite a wake-up call on October 8 when he realized he’d won $250,000 in the Grande Vie lottery. He buys his tickets on Loto-Québec’s website and, as he always does on the day after the draw, he checked his numbers, which he knows by heart. His bet wasn’t a winner, but oddly enough, a message still indicated that he’d just won $250,000! Confused, he examined his ticket more closely and realized that the tidy sum was his thanks to a free play he’d won previously. “I was on pins and needles, pacing back and forth as I waited for Loto-Québec’s telephone call. I even took a picture of my tablet screen where the $250,000 win was confirmed! It’s surreal!” Sylvain is retired and welcomes the money not only to ensure his financial security, but to enjoy the nicer things in life, too: “We’re going to treat ourselves!” he said.
Quite a surprise was in store for Jason Bernier when, on a whim, he purchased a Gagnant à vie ticket using Loto-Québec’s Lotteries mobile app. When he scratched Game 5, he saw that he had three identical symbols that match the VIE prize. Stunned, he called Loto-Québec and was thrilled when the Online Gaming Team confirmed that he had indeed won $1,000 a week for life! “I didn’t sleep much last night!” he admitted when he came to claim the prize. Plans: For now, Jason plans to buy a new car. With this nice weekly income, Jason’s financial future is guaranteed for his whole, entire life!
Anthony Paxton went to the administrative offices of his garage to take a little break and play Powerbucks Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway on his mobile. Sitting next to his spouse, he placed bets for only a few minutes before realizing he’d just won big. The screen lit up with his winnings: $1,004,723! The couple was in shock. “My spouse was holding the phone in her hands like it was something dangerous!” quipped the new millionaire. Anthony wasted no time calling Loto-Québec to confirm that it was a real win. “I was afraid the prize would be issued as credits,” he said. Even as he received his cheque, Anthony still had a hard time believing he’d won such a big amount. His plans? A trip to Greece is in the offing, as are gifts for his children.
Sitting in her truck on July 25, Suzanne Blanchard thought she’d spend her break playing Megajackpot Cleopatra on her mobile in the hope of winning the progressive jackpot. However, the jackpot was won as she started to play, so she switched to Notre-Dame with a progressive jackpot that was topping $470,000. “I screamed when the diamond appeared!” She hopped out of her truck and ran to show her boss what she’d won. “That there is a pretty penny!” he told her. “Big bucks is more like it!” replied the winner of the $470,499 jackpot. Since Suzanne hadn’t taken a vacation in a long time, she told her boss right then and there that she wouldn’t be coming to work the following week. Suzanne plans to use the money to pay off her Harley-Davidson, her truck and her house. She’ll also go on a nice trip with her daughter.
When Adama Diomande found out that all his Mise-o-jeu bets were on the money, he was, well, speechless. After getting confirmation via his smartphone that the bets he’d made on the first few games were all on point, the soccer fan slowly started to warm to the idea that a major win could be on the horizon! Excited at the prospect, he called Loto-Québec’s Online Games Team to ask them how it would work if he won. Unable to watch the game that led to him bagging a cool $27,065, he had to wait until he got back home to realize that he’d scored big time! The win came at just the right time—Adama has been shopping around for a new car since becoming a father just a few days ago!
On July 15, eight poker players bagged the $706,839 bad beat jackpot. The player with the highest ranking hand walked away with $176,709, while the player with the second-highest ranking hand won $353,419! The remaining players split the remainder of the pot. The flop fell 3-of-spades, 4-of-spades and queen-of-clubs. The turn was a 5-of-spades. The river was a king-of-spades. Emotions were running high! Raymond Ménard was holding a 6- and 7-of-spades. With the knowledge that he was holding the best possible flush, he decided to go all in. Meanwhile, Martin Brodeur was holding an ace-of-spades and 2-of-spades. Equally convinced that he could win, he decided to match Raymond’s bet. He then anxiously turned to his daughter: “If he turns over a 6- and 7-of-spades, I’ll lose, but I’ll be rich!” Martin did indeed lose the hand, but took home $353,419. Raymond walked away with $176,709. Our two players were over the moon when they came to pick up their cheques at the Casino de Montréal. Raymond told us that he’d already made an appointment at the bank to invest a portion of his winnings, and that he intends to return to Cuba. Martin said he bought himself a new motorcycle that same morning, and has plans to purchase a home.
On June 30, Jean Talbot was playing the Chain Reactors Super Trails slot game when there was an eruption of little yellow smiley faces on his phone’s screen. “They wouldn’t stop filling the screen!” recalls the winner, who took home the $141,905 progressive jackpot. Elated with his win, Jean says he plans to treat himself and his loved ones, as well as pay off the brand-new car he bought recently.
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Éric Laveau was finding that his fiancée Sophie was playing Roue de fortune éclair online a little too often. “Yeah, but I really want to meet Anick!” would be her reply. When she finally came upon a winning ticket, Éric told her: “Don’t touch anything!” They stood frozen in front of the screen for a while, not knowing if it was a joke or lucky break. In the end, the couple did get to meet host Anick Dumontet. They spun the wheel on live TV on July 3 and took home a cool $25,000! A few years back, Éric went skydiving for his birthday (a gift from Sophie), which ended in her proposing to him. While in mid-air, Éric spotted a 20 ft. banner that read: “Will you marry me?” He said yes, but to this day, the couple still haven’t tied the knot. While telling the story, Sophie added: “Maybe we can finally have that wedding?”
Anick Boisvert usually purchases her tickets online and, being a great fan of Roue de fortune chez vous!, she decided to try her luck with the new version that was just launched. Upon purchasing her ticket during her morning break on March 27, 2019, she was very surprised to see “Participation télé” displayed on her mobile application screen! As she was employed at her godfather’s company, she immediately told him the news: “I was shaking, I just couldn’t believe it. In fact, he didn’t either!” When Anick quickly called Loto Québec to get confirmation of her win, she also found out that not only would she be a contestant on the TV show, but it would be the first of the 2019 edition! The lucky winner took home a $30,000 prize after the show recording and plans to invest in real estate. In the meantime, she will be taking a few small trips.
Just a $20 bet on an Odds of the Gods game made Alexandra Lépine $303,341 richer. “I opened the game and the very first time I clicked on it, I landed on the Mount Olympus bonus,” she said. “After I threw the dice, a chest opened to display a diamond and a message reading ʻCongratulations! You’ve won the progressive prize.ʼ I was a bit stunned and didn’t quite understand what was happening.” She called Loto-Québec’s customer service to ask whether she had really won. It was only once the agent confirmed the win that she realized she was several thousand dollars richer. Then, she started crying tears of joy! She plans to pay off some bills, take a trip down South with her children and make some investments. She would also like to treat her dad, who will be retiring soon.
Nancy Pelletier was chatting on the phone with her spouse while playing Rumble in the Jungle online. Earning a bonus round, she just continued her conversation. At some point, she realized that, this time, the bonus round produced a win: three yellow bananas meant that she had won the $264,367 progressive jackpot. She interrupted what her spouse was saying to tell him she had just won: “Stop kidding around. You’re not funny,” he said, thinking she was just pulling his leg. “I was so used to seeing three black bananas that I could hardly believe they were yellow this time!” Nancy was still visibly moved as, surrounded by her family, she picked up her cheque at Loto-Québec’s offices in Montréal. “You just don’t immediately believe that you’ve won!” Nancy plans to retire soon and will use the money to pay some bills and treat herself a little.
On Tuesday, May 21, Denise Deroy sat down to play the MegaJackpots™ Cleopatra™ slot game. Distracted by the TV, she didn’t notice that the five symbols she’d landed had just won her the $520,055 progressive jackpot. So she kept on playing, thinking that someone else had won it. That’s when a member of lotoquebec.com called her to tell her that… that someone was her! “Are you serious? I’m trembling inside.” Her spouse didn’t even believe her! “I’ll believe it when I see the cheque!” Denise says the money will probably be used to renovate their secondary residence, which is a century home, and redo the patio at their primary residence. The couple, who live in Gaspésie, also want to treat themselves to a night out at the Casino de Charlevoix, which is something they’ve always loved doing!
When her weekend plans changed at the last minute, Mélanie Quinn decided to make her lottery purchases on lotoquebec.com. Not having to leave the house is what she finds most appealing about the whole online shopping experience. Although she prefers playing our online casino games, she decided to try her luck at our Lotto Poker lottery—and wound up scoring a big win, i.e. the $196,224 progressive jackpot! The young first-time winner was visibly moved when she came to claim her prize. She says she plans to use the money to take a trip to Walt Disney World, and purchase a newly built cottage and side-by-side UTV.
Francine Blanchette and her siblings have been playing the lottery as a group for over 25 years. The group has always played the same numbers. Since 2013, Francine has been buying their tickets via Loto-Québec’s online gaming site. It was through an email sent to her with the results that she found out that they’d snagged the $1 million guaranteed prize in the May 8 Lotto 6/49 draw. She immediately called everyone up to tell them the good news!
One of her brothers was getting his tires changed when she called: “If I’d known sooner, I’d have paid to get the tires installed!” Another one of her brothers waited four days before telling wife: “Why stress her out?” One of Francine’s sisters, a teacher, couldn’t pick up her cell phone because she was in class. The school secretary had to go tell her to take the call, that some good news was waiting for her. Among the group’s plans: to purchase a new house, a cottage and an electronic bike.
On April 27, Daniel Ruest pocketed $33,582 after betting just $0.20 on the Pots O’Luck slot game! We could sense his elation when we handed him his cheque at the Winners’ Lounge at the Québec City office. With the money, the winner will now be able to help out his kids, who are both studying abroad at the moment. He even planned a little trip that same weekend, during which he told them the good news. Needless to say, everyone is delighted for him! Daniel loves playing our online casino games. He sets limits and it keeps things fun. He was very excited to come pick up his cheque!
Benedicta Oliveira was sitting in bed with her laptop, her partner fast asleep, when she won a $113,951 progressive jackpot while playing Pots O’Luck. When she saw the amount on the screen, she burst out, “I won, I won!” At the time, her partner thought he was dreaming. When the pair went to pick up the prize money on May 2 at Loto Québec’s head office in Montréal, he joked, “I think the dog believed you before I did!” All smiles, Benedicta said that even she’d had trouble believing her own eyes, but that she was ecstatic!
Having just bought a house, the lucky couple plans to have their backyard landscaped. They had already envisioned redoing the deck, but now they’ll be able to take things a step further. “We could pay someone to plant cedars!” said Benedicta’s partner, laughing. You can bet they’re gonna have a great summer!
Alain Jutras was playing on his laptop when he found out he’d won the progressive jackpot. “I saw the numbers stack up, and leaned it to get a closer look.” Alain confided that it took him a little while to understand what was going on and come to the realization that he’d snagged $153,383 playing his favourite game, Cashdrop. He especially loves the game for the graphics, which really give you the impression that you’re playing a slot machine. “It’s quite simple—if you were to remove this game from the site, you’d lose me as a customer!” Alain laughed.
Cautious by nature, Alain doesn’t plan on doing anything too crazy with his winnings. He plans to treat himself to things like a new cell phone and laptop. After that, he says he’ll take the time to think about how he’ll invest the money!
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It was at the suggestion of one of his hockey pooler friends that Alexis built his fantasy team on lotoquebec.com, just one week before the bets for our Annual Mise-o-jeu Pool closed. Although it only took him 20 minutes to make his first picks, he did change his roster a few times over the season, taking the time to analyze and evaluate the stats as he went. By his own admission, he wouldn’t have had such a tremendous season if he’d stuck with his first picks. By January, he’d earned the top spot. He then bounced around in the Top 5 to finally reclaim the number one spot in the rankings and stay there. The changes he made to his team in the last few weeks of the season worked out, and with just a three-point lead, Alexis won the title of 2018-2019 Mise-o-jeu Pool champion and took home the $125,000 grand prize!
Turns out that all the time he spent carefully researching and building his roster was a sound investment—and his wife agrees! Alexis says he plans to use the money to buy a swimming pool. You read that right! A new pool thanks to our pool...
On March 29, Catherine Côté used some downtime to bet a few dollars on lotoquebec.com. She’d never played Mega Pots Mega-X before and decided to try it after seeing the attractive visual. Catherine has been a Loto-Québec customer for six months, but it took only a few minutes for her to win the $108,966 progressive jackpot! She immediately shouted out the news to her spouse who, thinking it was a mistake, urged her to be cautious . With the money, the winner plans to buy a new house.
On the night of March 24, Dominique Brunelle couldn’t sleep, so she decided to play Pots O’Luck, a slot game she’d stumbled upon some weeks back. At one point during the game, she noticed that the numbers just kept climbing. Not too sure what was going on, she stayed frozen in front of the screen. Turns out it was the progressive jackpot, and she won $54,292! With her winnings, Dominique plans to treat herself to a few things, including a new car.
Lotto Poker on lotoquebec.com was particularly generous to Paul-André Allard, who buys all his lottery tickets online. In early March, he won $2,436 with the Plus option, and on March 22nd, he pocketed another $100,000 prize! The winner didn’t check his Espacejeux account or emails the day after the draw, so he was totally surprised to get a call from Loto-Québec with the good news. “I started sweating!” Paul-André said when he finally opened the email confirming the win. While he hasn’t made any firm plans yet, he says he might take a trip.
We gave away a $5,000 prize as part of our TOP Casino Promotion.
And the winner was... Louis-Honoré Garneau!
We just gave away $10,000 in prizes as part of Kronos Unleashed Promotion. The $5,000 grand prize, which we drew among our Online Gaming newsletter subscribers, was won by Nicolas Abi-Youssef.
Our runner-up prize winners:
Congratulations to our winners!
There were over a dozen lucky winners in the Big Big Fun promotion, which featured $5,000 in prizes. Entrants who played Elephant King at least once during the promotion had a shot at double the prize money.
Congratulations to our 51 Super chill promo winners—and
to Danielle Benoît on winning $5,000 in betting money!
Congratulations to our 100 Deposit Promotion winners—and
to Rodolphe Bertrand! on winning $2,500 in betting money!
We crowned quite a few winners as part of our Da Vinci Promotion! In total, $9,000 in prizes were awarded. Congratulations to:
Shannon Presley, Mohamed Amin Lulat and Ka Chun Ngai, who each took home $2,500 for their part in unlocking the promo code.
Bruno Fullum, Benoit Lapierre and Johanne Gervais, who each took home $500 for their part in finding the missing painting.
With every spin, players won between $1 and $100 in free bets or an entry for the $25,000 draw.
In addition to everyone who won free bets,
Mr. Gilbert Grenier took home $25,000! Bravo!