A lucky number earns him the jackpot

The number 3 was obviously lucky for a young millionaire couple from Jonquière, who struggled to contain their emotions on Saturday morning as they celebrated the 18thand Million Tanguay.

“We are 33 years old, we became finalists thanks to our third [ensemble] Living room to watch hockey with our 3 year old daughter and the winning ball was number 3! The stars are in the right place!” laughs Martin Paradis.


Jonquière's Martin Paradis and Mélissa Bouchard got their hands on the sum of $1 million when their number came off the abacus on Saturday.

Photo Didier Debusschere

He was a food worker for 17 years and one of the 8 finalists in the 18thand Edition of the Tanguay Million Sale, the last drawing of which took place on the set of hello hello weekendSaturday morning.

With a fist raised and a whoop of joy, Mr. Paradis entered the select club of Quebec’s millionaires when his number was finally pulled from the abacus.

“It’s an incredible feeling, that’s all I can say. These are dreams that can finally come true,” said the 30-year-old alongside his wife Mélissa Bouchard.


Jonquière's Martin Paradis and Mélissa Bouchard got their hands on the sum of $1 million when their number came off the abacus on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Frédéric Lavoie

Stayed on the ground

Despite the palpable excitement and emotion the pair feel shortly after the draw, they don’t plan to splurge too quickly.

In addition to a new car, the finishing touches in their own garden and a well-deserved vacation, they want to take the opportunity to spend time with their family first.


Jonquière's Martin Paradis and Mélissa Bouchard got their hands on the sum of $1 million when their number came off the abacus on Saturday.

Photo Didier Debusschere

“We want to take time with our loved ones, I can’t wait to hug my daughter. This is the chance of a lifetime!” says the happy winner.

Notice to colleagues and boss of Mr Paradis at the Metro grocery store in Jonquière, the latter still intends to go back to work on Monday morning.

“I will keep my word! We’re so short of manpower, they need my help. But I will return more peacefully and with less financial stress,” he says.


Jonquière's Martin Paradis and Mélissa Bouchard got their hands on the sum of $1 million when their number came off the abacus on Saturday.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Although they didn’t become millionaires, the seven other finalists still went home with a $5,000 gift certificate from Tanguay.

monster madness

It was the President of Ameublements Tanguay, Jacques Tanguay, who had the honor of presenting the prize to the overall winner.

“It’s always just as exciting to give that million as to earn it. We’re just as excited as the winners, it’s really a privilege to be able to make someone happy in this way,” he says.

And despite the pandemic, which has been particularly difficult for many industries, Ameublements Tanguay sales have exploded in the last two years, especially during the Tanguay Million Sale.

“It was another big hit, we sold it for $80 million. [du 7 mars au 1er mai dernier]. It is certain that we will launch the promotion again next year!” starts Mr. Tanguay.

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