Loto-Quebec is creating more millionaires than ever
"We're on a roll," Loto-Quebec spokesperson Brian LeCompte told CJAD 800. "Last year, we had 104 prizes of a million dollars or more, which was already a record year, and so far this year, we're up to 60 prizes of a million [dollars] or more."
The 60 prizes that have been handed out were in some cases split between groups, making the total number of new millionaires 79 so far for 2017. Loto-Quebec is on pace to break their record from last year.
Quebecers purchase 20.5% of all lottery tickets sold in Canada, but amount to 30% of all Lotto-Max winners, and 28% of all 6/49 jackpot winners, making la belle province one of the luckiest provinces in the country.
"We're exceptionally lucky right now," LeCompte said with a chuckle. "It used to be that everyone said, 'oh the jackpot is always won in Ontario' but people aren't saying that anymore."
Loto-Quebec believes that the increase in the number of winners in the province is part of the reason they're seeing such high sales right now. in the 2016-17 fiscal year, Loto-Quebec saw revenues of over $1.82 billion. The more people win, the more likely others are to buy lottery tickets.
"More and more people know someone who has won," said LeCompte. "It becomes more personal. It becomes more real."