Liliane Fortin made history with her lottery winnings; it's the biggest prize ever won in the province at that particular lottery game with a ticket purchased online, according to an April 21 press release from Loto-Québec.
Loto-Québec said Fortin was emotional when she received a call notifying her of her win — the other half of the total jackpot was won in another Canadian province.
"I saw that it was true, that I had the winning ticket, and that the amount was what the employee had told me. It was incredible," she told Loto-Québec.
Fortin said she wanted to "wait a little" while before deciding how to spend her multimillions (save for purchasing a new pair of glasses), but she said that "spoiling her children, landscaping her home and travelling to Europe" are among her spending plans.
Perseverance has paid off big time for Olivia Delos Reyes. The Montreal woman just won Lotto 6/49's $10,990,458 jackpot after playing the same combination of numbers for 16 years — though she's not keeping the whole fortune for herself.
In a video posted to the Loto-Québec YouTube page, Reyes says she is going to split the prize money with members of her "lottery group."
She also says she will buy a house, buy a car, save for retirement and send money to her nine siblings.
"I still cannot believe what is happening right now, but I'm very thankful," Reyes says in the video.
According to a Loto-Québec news release, Reyes was spending time with friends on the night of the draw. She had to do a double-take when she found out she'd won, thinking she was reading the numbers on her own ticket rather than the winning numbers.
The numbers Reyes selected consisted of dates that are important to her, the press release says.
Reyes bought her ticket on lotoquebec.com. The draw took place on August 28.
The "Winning to be Vaccinated!" contest, organized in partnership with Loto-Québec, will be split into two separate contests — one for Quebecers aged 18 and over, and one for Quebec youth between the ages of 12 and 17.
Adults Aged 18+
From August 1 to August 27, the contest will offer a weekly draw of $150,000 in cash prizes among adult participants who received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $600,000.
A $1 million prize for adult participants will be drawn on September 3, among fully vaccinated Quebecers over 18 years old. But there's a catch — you must have received your first dose by August 3, and your second dose by August 31.
Youth Aged 12 to 17
For Quebecers in the youth age group, from August 1 through August 27, Quebec is offering a weekly draw for two scholarships of $10,000 each among those who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $80,000.
For fully-vaccinated Quebecers in the 12 to 17 age group, Quebec will draw 16 scholarships of $20,000 each on September 3, for a total value of $320,000.
Who's eligible to enter the contest
You've received a COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec
You've had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID 19 and received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
You've received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada outside Quebec and have had the vaccine recognized by the government
You do not work for Quebec's health or finance ministries (those who do are not eligible for the competition).
Official lottery rules will be released sometime before contest registration opens, which is scheduled for July 25. Participants can register by 11:59 p.m. the day before each draw through Quebec's Vaccine Proof Portal.