MONTRÉAL, July 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The ambiance was festive as 19 happy winners met the press after receiving their share of the July 17 $55 million Lotto Max jackpot, the largest ever paid out by Loto-Québec. Each of the 20 group shares was worth $2.75 million to the holder.
The group was made up of night-shift co-workers at the RONA warehouse in Boucherville. Many of them had not slept the night before going to Loto-Québec's head office where Gérard Bibeau, Loto-Québec's President and CEO, handed them their cheques.
Most winners were still stunned, although they were aware of the news as the weekend began. Many are planning to go on vacation to think about what to do next, while others are considering early retirement.
The co-workers have been regularly getting together to buy Formule groupe tickets. The group leader has not yet received his prize, as he is on vacation outside the region. Eighteen shares have been claimed so far. The winners are:
- Mélanie Beaudoin
- Charles Bélisle and François Durocher (share split)
- Carl Brunelle
- Christian Chenette
- Ian Courtemanche
- Maxime Couturier
- Claudine Forget
- Martine Gauthier
- Bernard Girouard Bond
- Benoît Giroux
- Claude Goyer
- Rolande Guay
- Dominic Lord
- Eric Malo
- Martin Pelletier
- Joseph Pietroniro
- Yvon Roy
- Eric Valois
The winning ticket was issued at the Petro-Canada station located at 369 Rue Saint-Charles Ouest in Longueuil. The retailer will receive a $550,000 prize, equal to 1% of the win.
Loto-Québec, 45 years of entertainment
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. Since January 1, 2015, Loto-Québec has paid out 46 prizes worth $1 million or more.
Image with caption: "The happy winners with Yves Corbeil and Gérard Bibeau (CNW Group/Loto-Québec)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150720_C5362_PHOTO_EN_449466.jpg
For further information: Source: Jean-Pierre Roy, Director, Communications and Press Relations, Loto-Québec and its subsidiaries, 514-499-5151; Information: Elise Paquet-Morin, Communications Adviser, Loto-Québec, 514-499-7111, ext. 2250