- Canada Lotto Max
Canada Lotto Max Info
Lotto Max is a Canadian lottery game coordinated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, as one of the country's three national lottery games. Introduced on September 19, 2009, with its first draw occurring on September 25, 2009, the game replaced Lotto Super 7. Lotto Max drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday.
Lotto Max is played similarly to its predecessor, with players selecting seven numbers from a field of 50 (originally 49). A single board costs $5, and each purchased board also includes two additional quick picks. The main drawing features a jackpot prize starting at CDN$10 million. After the jackpot reaches at least $50 million, additional drawings are held for auxiliary "MaxMillions" prizes of $1 million each; the main jackpot is capped at $70 million. MaxMillions prizes are carried over until they are won, and additional MaxMillions prizes are added for each week a main jackpot of at least $50 million is not won. Once a jackpot is won, unclaimed MaxMillions prizes, if any, are placed in the main jackpot on top of the $10 million minimum. As with all Canadian lottery jackpot games, winners receive their prize in a tax-free lump sum.
The launch of Lotto Max was successful, attracting higher revenue in its first 10 months of operation than Super 7 did in its best year of sales. A representative of OLG attributed Lotto Max's popularity to the size of its total prize pools (which approach the larger jackpots seen in U.S. lotteries), and the perception of consumers that the MaxMillions system increased the probability that they could win a major prize. In May 2019, the game introduced major changes, including adding a Tuesday drawing, a larger jackpot cap, a 50-number field, and two additional prize tiers.
How to Play Lotto Max
Lotto Max draws take place on Tuesday and Friday nights at approximately 9.15pm Eastern Time and cost $5 to enter. Ticket sales cut off on the night of the draw, with the specific time varying from region to region; players should check with their local shops what time they stop selling tickets. In each Lotto Max draw, seven balls numbered from 1 to 50 are randomly selected. An eighth Bonus Ball is also drawn, which gives players a second chance of winning a prize if they missed winning with the main numbers. Entering a draw is quick and easy; it should only take 2 minutes to enter if you have a pen and playslip to hand. Follow the steps below to enter a Lotto Max draw:
Pick your Numbers
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Choose seven numbers from between 1 and 50, or opt for a Quick Pick which allows the numbers to be automatically generated. After choosing one line of numbers, players receive two further, random sets of seven numbers, giving each ticket up to three chances of winning.
Enter additional draws
Players also have an option in some regions of Canada to play ENCORE, a supplementary game where they can play up to an additional five numbers, taking the total amount of chosen numbers to 12. You can also choose to play a set number of draws in advance should you wish to enter more than one week in row or both a Tuesday and Friday draw with the same numbers.
Pay for your Entries
Each Lotto Max ticket costs $5 for the three sets of numbers entered into each draw. If you chose to play the additional ENCORE game then this will add a further $1 onto your ticket price.
Check the Winning Numbers
Visit the latest numbers page soon after the draw has taken place to check your ticket against the winning numbers to see if you have won a prize in any of the nine different tiers.
To win a prize, players must match a minimum of three numbers with those drawn. A total of 48% of all ticket sales is allocated to the prize fund, which is called the Pools Fund, with 87.25% of that money going towards the jackpot prize. The remaining amount is split between the other eight prize tiers.
Canada Lotto Max Prize and Odds
Each standard Lotto Max draw has 9 chances to win. The prizes range from winning freerolls (matching three balls) to prizes worth up to millions of dollars (matching all seven major numbers drawn).
The minimum lottery prize is $10 million. If you don't win, the jackpot will be carried over to the next lottery. This is the way to get thousands of jackpots. If you don't win before reaching $50 million, then the extra MaxMillions game will work to give players more chances to win.
The table below shows the odds of winning and the percentage of prepaid funds allocated to each award category. A fixed $20 bonus will be paid first using the money in the fund and then the remaining money will be allocated based on the percentages in the table.
|Matches||Prize Pool %||Odds of Winning|
|7/7||87.25%||1 in 33,294,800|
|6/7 + Bonus||2.50%||1 in 4,756,400|
|6/7||2.50%||1 in 113,248|
|5/7 + Bonus||1.50%||1 in 37,749|
|5/7||3.50%||1 in 1,841|
|4/7 + Bonus||2.75%||1 in 1,105|
|4/7||$20||1 in 82.9|
|3/7 + Bonus||$20||1 in 82.9|
|3/7||Free Play||1 in 8.5|
Canada Lotto Max Drawing time
Lotto Max draws are held only once per week on Friday nights at a secure location in Toronto, Ontario, shortly after the ticket cutoff time at 7:30 pm PT/8:30 pm MT/9:30 pm CT.
Canada Lotto Max Big Prize
In July 2012, the Lotto Max broke records by reaching $100 million in potential prizes
In January 2017, the prize pool rose again to a never seen before $102 million
In May 2018, that record was broken again when the prize pool reached $110 million