A Quebec Man Won $25K A Year For Life Playing The Lottery & He's Now Living The Dream

A life-changing win!

Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
A picture of François Lajoie holding a cheque for $25,000 a year for life at the Loto-Québec offices.

A picture of François Lajoie holding a cheque for $25,000 a year for life at the Loto-Québec offices.

Talk about a lottery win that keeps on giving! In a stroke of sheer luck, an Outaouais resident has defied the odds and secured a financial future that many of us can only dream of. François Lajoie won $25,000 a year for life following the Grande Vie April 27 draw and decided to opt for the lump sum of $500,000.

Loto-Québec shared in a press release that Lajoie had purchased his Grande Vie ticket from a grocery store on a whim. His winning numbers? His loved ones' birthdays. The morning of the draw, Lajoie had checked online to verify which Canadian regions the winners were from. Loto-Québec said that Lajoie found out a Quebec player had won 5/5 numbers, still not knowing it was him.

After Lajoie discovered he'd won, he was "happy and surprised, but calm," Loto-Québec said. In fact, Lajoie went about this day — making his morning coffee, the way he usually does.

With $500,000 now in his pocket (or bank account…so we hope), Lajoie says he plans on devoting more of his time to the caregiving movement, which the crown corporation described as a cause very near and "dear to his heart."

The Quebec resident plans on celebrating his windfall with friends and family at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, Loto-Québec shared.

The winning ticket was purchased at the IGA Extra located at 203, boulevard des Grives in Gatineau. The retailer will receive a 1% commission of $5,000.

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, refer to these resources available across Quebec. Help is available.

Mike Chaar
Assistant Editor, MTL Blog
Mike Chaar is a writer by day and reality TV binge-watcher by night. When he’s not cracking down on recalls, celeb news and discovering the best of the best foodie spots across Montreal, he can be found indulging in his love for new cuisines, reading and music, with Mariah Carey being his ultimate diva.