Gatineau couple gets $ 7 million
A family trip on a train to Quebec City: this is the only short-term project for the Gatineau couple formed of Colette Laberge and Mario Lafrenière, who has just won a jackpot of $ 7,000,000. Lotto 6/49.
The lucky winners of 63 and 53, whose identity was unveiled by Loto-Québec on the sidelines of a ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, do not stop at it: life is already making them very happy. Even when asked to project themselves more in the medium term, they insist that the simple getaway in the Old Capital is enough for them at the moment.
“Of course there will be other projects, but for that, we will let the dust fall. We do not want to go crazy. We want to continue like this, “says La Gatinoise, whose boss suggested he retire on July 11th.
It was at her workplace, in a pharmacy in the Hull sector, that Ms. Laberge learned last week that she and her husband were becoming multimillionaires. A surrealistic scene, she says.
“A client told me that someone from Gatineau had won the jackpot, so I thought I did not check my ticket. I saw the first number, then the second, then the third, and there with my little eye, I saw the sixth, so I thought I had four, it was not so bad . So I started again and there I said: I have all the numbers. I went to the machine where the customers are going and I saw that it was $ 7 million. I asked my colleague to check in the ‘real’ machine. We screamed, “she says with a smile.
Colette Laberge later phoned her husband to tell him the news.
“I did not believe her at all. I thought it was not silly to do. There, she passed me his manager who told me that indeed we had won. I started shaking, I was screaming. My legs faltered and I was forced to ask for a cold washcloth because I was going to faint, “says Lafrenière, for whom the time for retirement also sounded in the last days.
In the coming months, the couple wants to spoil their loved ones, especially their son and two grandchildren.
Ironically, even if he had used the same combination for many years for the draws of this lottery, the couple had this time bet on another series.
“That day, I did not have my sheet. The previous time, I won $ 2, so I invested them for a ticket. And we won! “Says the sexagenarian.
It was with the combination 7-15-22-28-43-49 that the couple was enriched by $ 7 million.
A week may have passed since the validator confirmed that their bank account was going to swell, an intense fever still lives winners.
“We do not sleep much. We will go relax, it will do good, “exclaims Ms. Laberge.
Of note, this is the third largest jackpot won in the Outaouais in five years. $ 25 million and $ 12 million prizes were won in 2016 and 2017.
The odds of winning the 6/49 jackpot are 1 in 13,984,000, according to Loto-Québec.