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Record-breaking jackpot – Family wins $65,000,000 through Lotto Max draw

George Miller



Record-breaking jackpot - Family wins $65,000,000 through Lotto Max draw
The winners, together with Loto-Québec’s President and CEO Lynne Roiter (right), President of Lottery Operations and Vice-President of Public Affairs Isabelle Jean (left), and press conference host Yves Corbeil. (CNW Group/Loto-Québec)
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A family from Montréal won $65,000,000 in the June 11 Lotto Max draw. That’s the biggest jackpot in Canadian history!

The winning ticket was purchased at Dépanneur Springland, located at 2525 Rue Springland, in Montréal. The convenience store will collect a cool $650,000, i.e. 1% of the jackpot.

The family members celebrated their win during a press conference held today in Montréal.

Isabelle Jean, Loto-Québec’s President of Operations (Lotteries division) and Vice-President of Public Affairs, had this to say: “We’ve never paid out such a huge jackpot! Lotto Max is one of Québec’s most popular lottery draws and we’re thrilled that this is the second Lotto Max jackpot that’s been won here. Just one month ago, a group from Montréal’s South Shore won a whopping $50,000,000 through Lotto Max.”

Lotto Max only just recently moved to two draws a week, i.e. on Tuesdays and Fridays.


  • The family won the biggest jackpot in Loto-Québec history on a free ticket.
  • Giuseppa Lo Giudice Lanteri won a Free Play ticket through Québec Max, to which she decided to add Lotto Max and Extra. It was thanks to this “add-on” that she won.
  • Giuseppa and Nunzio will be giving a portion of their win to their two children, Jane and Salvatore Lanteri. Four other family members will receive a portion of the money: Salvatore, Antonio, Daisy and Vincenzo Briganti.
  • “We’re happy to be able to provide for our kids,” says the family man.
  • Among the family’s short-term plans: the purchase of a new home in the same Montréal neighbourhood they’ve been living in for the past 50 years.

In summary

  • Lottery: Lotto Max
  • Prize: $65,000,000
  • Category: Jackpot
  • Draw date: June 11, 2019
  • Winners’ place of residence: Montréal
  • Retailer: Dépanneur Springland (2525 Rue Springland, Montréal)
  • The retailer will receive a $650,000 commission, equal to 1% of the prize.
  • Claim centre: Loto-Québec head office, Montréal

About Loto-Québec:
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. Between January 1 and June 11, 2019, Loto-Québec has paid out 37 prizes of $1,000,000 or more, producing 39 millionaires. The Gagnant à vie and Grande Vie lotteries have provided 11 lucky winners with a lifetime annuity.


Source: Loto-Québec

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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BCLC to Launch Optional Budgeting Tool “PlayPlanner”

Niji Narayan



BCLC to Launch Optional Budgeting Tool “PlayPlanner”
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BCLC is going to introduce PlayPlanner to every casino and community gaming centre in B.C. as part of its commitment to encourage positive play and informed decision-making.

PlayPlanner is an optional budgeting tool allows Encore Rewards members to set and manage daily time and money limits when playing slot or eTable games. During each playing session, players receive reminders on how they are tracking against their settings through onscreen pop-up messages.

“We’ve created PlayPlanner to make it easier for players to stay within personal limits by making decisions about time and money before gambling. We are committed to ensuring that this tool meets the needs of our players now and into the future as part of our focus on supporting healthy play,” Jamie Wiebe, BCLC Director, Player Health said.

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First Quarter of 2019 – 2020 – Loto-Québec’s results are in line with budget forecasts

George Miller



First Quarter of 2019 - 2020 - Loto-Québec's results are in line with budget forecasts
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At the end of the first quarter of the 2019–2020 fiscal year, Loto-Québec is reporting total revenues of $656.1M and a consolidated net income of $337.4M.


“Since 2015–2016, our total first-quarter revenues (for the same number of days) have increased by $70.0M (+11.9%), while total expenses over the same period have risen by just 1.9%. As for our consolidated net income, it saw a $63.9M (+23.4%) increase, to which all sectors contributed,” says President and CEO Lynne Roiter.


  • Lotteries
    The lottery sector saw a decrease in revenues (-11.6%) due in part to fewer Maxmillions being offered through Lotto Max (32, compared to 199 in the first quarter of 2018–2019), and a sales decline of special-edition tickets, because the 100$ ULTIME ticket was not brought back this year. On the other hand, the Corporation paid out a $65Mjackpot—the biggest in its history.
  • Casinos 
    The casino sector reported stable revenues compared to the same quarter last year. For the same number of days, revenues are up $2.1M (+1.0%).
  • Gaming establishments 
    The bar network saw a decline in revenues (-1.2%), while revenues at gaming halls (+4.1%), bingo halls (+16.5%) and Kinzo halls (+13.4%) rose. Electronic bingo was a contributing factor in higher bingo hall revenues.
  • Online gaming
    Revenues from the online gaming website—lottery and casino games combined—grew by $5.6M (+23.8%).

The quarterly report is available on Loto-Québec’s website.


SOURCE Loto-Québec

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Great Canadian Gaming Corporation Announces the Name of New Gaming Property as Pickering Casino Resort

Niji Narayan



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Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (Great Canadian) has named the world-class gaming and entertainment destination located in Pickering, Ontario as Pickering Casino Resort. The resort will be a draw for all who enjoy exceptional service, thrilling gaming options, live entertainment and diverse dining experiences.

“While we have so much more to develop and construct, being able to share the brand name of the resort with the community is an exciting next step for us,” Tyrone Waite, General Manager of Pickering Casino Resort.

Construction of Pickering Casino Resort started last year and is projected to open in two phases. The first phase is slated to open in early 2020 and will feature a number of gaming and dining options. The second phase will include a full scope of entertainment amenities and hotel offerings.

“We will now be concentrating on hosting career fairs and seeking local talent to join our team. We are looking for people who have exceptional guest service skills and are willing to learn and grow with the company. We have great training programs that will equip our team members with the right skill set and set them up for future success,” Waite said.

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