Quebecer Obtains First-Ever Lotto 6/49 Gold Ball Jackpot

After several months of waiting, Loto-Québec has now finally revealed the identity of the lottery player who won the first-ever Gold Ball jackpot in Lotto 6/49. The name of the big winner is Jean-Marc Poirier who resides in Lanaudière and now has CA$36 million to his name. His major lottery win was scored back in the October 29, 2022, Lotto 6/49 draw.

In September 2022, Lotto 6/49 introduced a new version of the popular game, which is drawn twice per week. The new variant comes with a guaranteed jackpot of CA$5 million, while now there is also a Gold Ball one. The latter also offers a guaranteed cash reward, but its starting point is CA$10 million and can exceed CA$60 million. Tickets are available at CA$3.

Taking His Time

As mentioned, Mr. Poirier took his time to claim the CA$36,000,000 Gold Ball jackpot which he won back in the October 29, 2022, Lotto 6/49 draw. His lucky ticket was purchased online on and she shared that after finding out the amazing news he decided to wait a little bit before cashing out to come up with plans on how he will spend it.

On February 9, 2023, Mr. Poirier appeared at an office of the Crown to claim his life-changing money. He shared that he is subscribed to his favourite lottery games on so this way he will never miss a draw. This was he was automatically able to play the new version of the draw-based game in September 2022.

While waiting to claim his prize, the winner even teased his children that an unexpected prize could come any day now. And one day when he finally broke the news to them, he had trouble convincing them and had to show them his account to see for themselves. Then the hints that he was dropping finally started to settle and make sense.

With the money, the multi-millionaire has plans on travelling around the world and one of his first destinations in mind is Costa Rica. After finding himself CA$36 million richer he has already treated himself with a new car. He also plans on continuing practising his favourite hobbies like working on cars but does not plan on skipping the trips to the mechanic.

As already stated, Mr. Poirier won the life-changing windfall in the October 29, 2022 draw of the game, and was announced back then by the Crown corporation. This Wednesday, the Lotto 6/49 draw offered a CA$30 million Gold Ball Jackpot as well as a CA$5 million Classic Jackpot, but it remains to be seen who will be able to claim them.

Sault Ste. Marie Local Claims a Major Prize

Meanwhile, in January, Ontario also became a witness to a major lottery win from Lotto 6/49. The winner was from Sault Ste. Marie and it a while to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation to negotiate with the winner. It was later revealed that the lucky ticket holder was 18-year-old student Juliette Lamour who claimed the amazing prizemoney with her first lottery ticket.

Source: “A Lanaudière resident wins $36,000,000 with a ticket he purchased onlineLoto-Québec, February 15, 2023


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Yolina has followed closely the latest development on the Canadian gaming scene over the past years, monitoring the land-based, lottery, and online offerings up for grabs. The dynamic nature of the local lottery and casino fields, as well as the opportunities lying ahead of Canada fire her enthusiasm for what is to come. A sports betting enthusiast, in her spare time Yolina could be found in her natural habitat – turning the pages of biographies and catching up on the latest stand-up comedy podcasts.