Lotto Max is the most popular lottery in Canada and this lottery has big changes that came into effect on May 11th, 2019.
Now all Canadian players will be able to play Lotto Max every Tuesday in addition to the current Friday draw. The new second draw every week means lottery players will see jackpots grow more quickly than ever before! Also for the first time in Lotto Max history, the main jackpot will be able to grow as high as $70 million – an amount no Canadian lottery has ever reached before.
About Lotto Max
Lott Max was introduced in 2009, as a lottery game that offered multiple $50 million jackpots a year. Then in 2015, the jackpot cap increased to $60 million, offering players an even bigger jackpot experience. With the new Lotto Max gearing up to increase the main jackpot cap to $70 million, opportunities to become a millionaire with Maxmillions will continue when the jackpot reaches and exceeds $50 million.
The new Lotto Max enhancements follow an extensive game design process that included consultation with lottery players across the country.
Features of Lotto Max new rules
- There will be two draws a week: Tuesdays and Fridays
- The main Lotto Max jackpot will be able to grow as high as $70 million
- No change to the cost of play: $5 for three selections of seven numbers
- MAXMILLIONS will continue to be offered when the main jackpot reaches and exceeds $50 million
There will be two brand-new prize categories:
- Match 5/7+bonus
- Match 4/7+bonus
Numbers will be selected from 1 to 50 and the odds of winning the main jackpot: 1 in 33,294,800 per $5 play. The overall odds to win a prize: 1 in 7 per $5 play
Your Lotto Max Lottery Subscription will continue unless you decide you’d like to change it. The Lotto will automatically purchase the Tuesday draw so you won’t miss a jackpot! You will just need to ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account for both the Tuesday and Friday draws.
If you would like to add the 50th number to your Lotto Max Lottery Subscription, you can do so by updating your selection.
Lotto Max is governed by the Rules and Regulations Respecting Lotteries and Lottery Tickets of Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (“ILC”)
Each play is comprised of 3 selections of 7 numbers from 1 to 50, inclusive.
To participate, any eligible person must present a completed Lotto Max selection slip or request a ticket where all selections are computer generated, and pay $5 for each play per draw or remit a winning ticket entitling such person to a free play, whereupon a ticket will then be issued showing the draw date(s), the 3 selections for each play, the amount wagered or FREE PLAY in the case of a free play (which is deemed to be a $5 amount wagered), the control number(s) and other relevant information.
On each draw date, or as soon as possible thereafter, ILC will cause seven main numbers and one bonus number (being eight different numbers) to be drawn at random from among all numbers from 1 to 50 (the “Main Draw”).
Play Lotto Extra and Encore or Tag with Lotto Max
Canadian lottery corporations operate a regional add-on games that, for an extra $1 each, that can be added to a Lotto Max ticket. This “spiel” game (named “Tag”, “Encore” or “Extra” depending on the region), adds a 6- or 7-digit number to the ticket with a top prize of $100,000 if all six digits are matched or $250,000 to $1,000,000 depending on the region for a seven-number match ($1,000,000 in Ontario and Quebec; $250,000 in the Western Canada region of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the territories).
Loto-Québec and the Western Canada Lottery Corporation also run local versions of Lotto Max, known as Québec Max and Western Max respectively. These draws are held on the same night as each Lotto Max draw and have similar payouts, but with a fixed jackpot of $2,000,000, and additional drawings for a pool of 7 (Quebec) or 10 (Western) $1,000,000 prizes on each draw, similarly to MaxMillions. Lotto Max selection slips offer the ability for players to choose between Lotto Max, the regional game, or to play both games using the same numbers.
Loto-Québec is the only region out of all five regions allowing players to select all 3 lines for a $5.00 play instead of the 2nd and 3rd mandatory computer generated combinations.
Finally remember that this game enhancements are the result of an extensive game design process that included consultation with lottery players across the country.