La Société d’exploitation des loteries et courses du Québec (Loto-Québec) becomes the first lottery corporation created in Canada. It is the third of its kind in North America.
On March 14, Loto-Québec carries out its first draw: Inter‑Loto, a passive $2 lottery with a grand prize of $125,000.
Loto-Perfecta is launched, thanks to the installation of a mechanical system for registering wagers. The results of the lottery are determined by horse races.
The federal parliament authorizes the promotion of a Canadian Olympic lottery, which takes place in 1976 at the Loto-Canada games.
For the first time, an event sponsored by Loto-Québec appears on a ticket for La Mini, namely Les 24 heures de La Tuque.
A Super-Loto draw leads to the Corporation’s first-ever payment of a $1 million grand prize.
In June, Loto-Québec launches "the lottery for Quebecers," its first ever scratch ticket.
Making use of technological developments, Loto-Québec equips itself with computers and terminals to operate lotteries in real time, which is how the 6/36 becomes computerized.
Loto-Québec concedes the sale of lottery tickets and subscriptions, Lotomatique, to kiosks run by non-profit organizations.
Loto-Québec and the Atlantic provinces join the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. From then on, the Provincial lottery game is sold coast to coast.
La Quotidienne, a game with a three-digit number, appears on September 10.
A four-digit variation of La Quotidienne holds draws each week under the name of Loto-Sélect.
Lotto 6/49, the first Canada-wide game sold by terminal, is offered weekly to consumers. The guaranteed grand prize rises to $500,000. The first draw takes place on June 12.
Loto-Québec takes on the role of Secretary for the International Association of State Lotteries (IASL), known today as the World Lottery Association (WLA).
La Mini and Inter tickets are produced by computer, a new technique that offers security advantages.
The national fervour generated by the accumulation of a grand prize of close to $14 million makes Lotto 6/49 the most popular game in Canada.
Lotto 6/49 becomes bi-weekly.
During the 1986-1987 fiscal year, scratch tickets post record sales. Eight products are launched, reaching sales of $132.6 million.
The 6/36 lottery is replaced by Sélect 42 and Inter becomes Inter plus.
The first lottery to take place in front of a television audience is launched. It is called Roue de Fortune.
Super-Loto makes way for Spécial 88, the first high-end lottery conceived in cooperation with other provincial lottery corporations.
Loto-Québec is inspired by Keno to create Banco, a $1 lottery with tri-weekly draws. First draw: September 15. Starting in 1993, this becomes a daily lottery.
In October, Loto-Québec launches Mise-o-jeu, its first lottery involving wagering on sporting events.
On April 4, the first-ever Extra draw takes place. It is twinned with Sélect 42 and Lotto 6/49.
A world first: launch of Loto-Quiz, an interactive televised game that can be won on television or from home.
In May, Loto-Bingo is offered to consumers. This becomes the first scratch ticket continuously available from retailers.
Loto-Québec gives an interactive dimension to a popular 1960s television show by creating La Poule aux œufs d’or, a $2 lottery.
In June, a new online game is offered to consumers: Super 7.
The biggest grand prize ever won is claimed in Québec. A group from Saint-Wenceslas wins $19 million.
On September 29, a second sports lottery, named Total, is launched.
To mark its twenty-fifth anniversary, Loto-Québec creates “la loterie du 25e anniversaire” which culminates in a televised gala-draw in November.
Internet users can obtain draw results from the corporation’s Web site.
In October, Québec 49, a new online game, replaces Sélect 42.
A Montréal-area resident wins $20 million on the Super 7 draw. This is the largest grand prize ever paid out by Loto-Québec to that day.
Lotomatique is overhauled from the bottom up. This subscription service allows consumers to participate in Lotto 6/49, Super 7, Québec 49 and multiple Extra numbers.
World first: in February, Loto-Québec launches Trésors de la Tour™ a lottery played with the help of a CD-ROM. This lottery was conceived and developed by Loto-Québec subsidiary Ingenio.
April launch of Banco spécial, a terminal-based game offering a grand prize of $1 million and the possibility of winning without a single right number.
Four winners, including two from Québec, share a record prize of $37.8 million won during the Super 7 draw on May 17.
L'Ours chanceux, a new weekly terminal-based lottery, is launched on September 8.
September 25: Pronostik, a jackpot driven sports lottery, is launched.
On October 3rd, a Laval resident wins the largest prize for a single winning combination awarded to that day by Loto-Québec: $25,418,690.
The new Lotto 6/49 is launched on May 30.
Joker, a new terminal based-lottery, appeared on August 29, 2005.
The addition of Prédictions to the sports betting family.
The commemoration of Loto-Québec's 35th anniversary through the sale of Collection Souvenir packs containing three sets of collector tickets evocative of years gone by, along with the production of a television program entitled "35 ans, ça change le monde".
Cyberslingo, the first product to offer a scratch game and access code for a Web-based multimedia game on the same ticket.
Vlan! was ranked as being among the best five new scratch ticket in North America at the annual convention of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) held in Minneapolis in September 2005.
A milestone was reached in autumn 2005, when the Lotto 6/49 jackpot climbed to a record high of $54.3 million.
In 2005-2006, the weekly edition of La Poule aux œufs d'or surpassed the $100 million mark in prizes paid out on TV since the game was introduced in 1993.
On January 9, 2006, Loto-Québec launched Astro a new lottery that lets players wager on dates.
Three new scratch tickets inspired by well-known games of the same names — Clue, Texas Hold'em Poker and Tetris.
The Québec advertising industry earned Lotto 6/49's "Always be nice" campaign two Gold Roosters and two Créa awards. The Canadian industry also awarded the campaign a silver Cassies.
On April 28, 2006, a Québecer from Saint-Félix-de-Valois walked away with a $30 million Super 7 jackpot, thus becoming the biggest winner in the history of all the Corporation's lotteries.
Lotto 6/49 turns 25. Over $6 billion in prizes have been awarded to lucky Quebecers!
The Célébration lottery celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Super 7 pays out a $21 million jackpot in its final draw.
In collaboration with the other provincial lottery corporations, Loto-Québec launches Lotto Max.
On November 6, Lotto Max offers the biggest prize pool in the history of Canadian lotteries. Over and above the $50 million jackpot, Lotto Max pays outs 10 additional prizes of $1 million each, called Maxmillions.
On June 25th, Lotto Max offers the largest combined jackpot ever announced by Loto-Québec. In addition to its $50 million jackpot, Lotto Max sweetens the pot with 49 more million-dollar jackpots, called Maxmillions.
On August 20th, Loto-Québec pays out a Lotto Max jackpot of approximately $37.6 million, the biggest prize ever won by a Québec resident.
The government authorizes the Société des loteries du Québec to offer online gaming.
On June 30, Loto-Québec presented its last televised draws. These draws may now be viewed directly on the Video zone website. Additionally, and in a perspective of sustainable development, Loto-Québec has decided to cancel the weekly magazine, Loto-hebdo. Information on our big winners is now available in the Our winners section.
On May 2nd, Loto-Québec launches Lotto Poker.
On May 7th, Loto-Québec launches Sprinto.
In October, Loto-Québec launches a new online game: Québec Max.