1. WHAT IS LOTTO MAX?
LOTTO MAX is the game that gives you a chance to push your dreams to the limit! As Canada's most exciting national, weekly lottery, LOTTO MAX Jackpots start at $10 million and quickly grow to $60 million until somebody wins! But wait, it gets even bigger, because once the LOTTOMAX Jackpot reaches $50 million, that's when MAXMILLIONS begin! With MAXMILLIONS, there are $1 million prizes that get drawn as a separate MAXMILLIONS Draw… meaning there are even MORE millions to be won!
2. HOW IS LOTTO MAX PLAYED AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There are two fun and easy ways to play LOTTO MAX. With Quick Pick, the lottery terminal will randomly select three sets of seven numbers (from 1 to 49) for each $5 play. Alternatively, you can use a Selection Slip to choose your first set of seven numbers (from 1 to 49) and the lottery terminal will randomly choose your additional two sets of numbers for each $5 play. You can also play up to 26 weeks in advance, and say "Yes" to Encore for $1 per play. Draws are held every Friday night with tickets sold up until 10:30 p.m. ET.
3. WHY CAN'T PLAYERS CHOOSE ALL THREE SETS OF NUMBERS? CAN PLAYERS ELSEWHERE CHOOSE ALL THEIR OWN NUMBERS?
LOTTO MAX players across Ontario are able to select only the first set of seven numbers using a LOTTO MAX Selection Slip with the other two sets generated randomly. Choosing to play Quick Pick will result in all three sets being chosen randomly.
4. WHEN CAN I CHECK MY WINNING NUMBERS AND WHEN CAN I GET PAID AT THE CORNER STORE?
LOTTO MAX numbers are announced following each Friday night draw and as late as Saturday morning when MAXMILLIONS Draws are also held. There are lots of ways to check the winning numbers, including in your local newspaper and television news program, at your local LOTTO MAX retailer, the winning numbers section of this website, and by subscribing to the Winner's Edge e-newsletter. Depending on the prize value, you can redeem winning LOTTO MAX tickets at your local LOTTO MAX retailer, at select OLG Slots and Casinos, or at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto. For complete details on how to claim a prize, download our "How To Check Your Lottery Tickets and Claim Prizes" brochure. (PDF, 983 KB)
5. WHY ARE THE MAIN DRAW WINNING NUMBERS RELEASED AT A LATER TIME WHEN MAXMILLIONS DRAWS ARE HELD?
When available, MAXMILLIONS Draws are additional draws held after the LOTTO MAX Main Draw. The time needed to make these additional draws means that all winning numbers cannot be released until the following morning. When all the winning numbers for both the Main Draw and the MAXMILLIONS Draws are available, they are released together. Delaying the announcement of the LOTTO MAX Main Draw winning numbers also ensures you don't throw away a potential MAXMILLIONS winning ticket!
6. WHEN THE LOTTO MAX LOTTERY TERMINAL RANDOMLY CHOOSES SETS OF NUMBERS, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ANY NUMBERS OR WHOLE SETS OF NUMBERS TO BE DUPLICATED ON THE SAME $5 PLAY?
Whole sets/selections of seven numbers will not be repeated within the three selections provided with each $5 play. Individual numbers, however, may be included more than once across the two or three sets of randomly chosen seven numbers.
7. IF THE LOTTERY TERMINAL RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR WON’T REPEAT ANY SELECTIONS OF SEVEN NUMBERS ON A LOTTO MAX TICKET, THEN HOW CAN THE NUMBERS SELECTED BE TRULY RANDOM?
As LOTTO MAX players in Ontario can select the first set of seven LOTTO MAX numbers with the other two sets generated randomly, the LOTTO MAX random number generator is set to prevent any of the selections of seven numbers on a ticket from being duplicated. The only way to have the same set of numbers twice on your ticket is to purchase two or more LOTTO MAX plays and choose the same set of seven numbers for both (or more) plays.
The game was designed to prevent duplicate sets of numbers on a ticket, so customers aren’t under the assumption their odds of winning would be minimized, even though every combination of numbers has the exact same chance of being drawn. Individual numbers, however, may be included more than once across three sets of randomly chosen seven numbers.
The odds of winning the jackpot do not change with this game design.
8. HOW BIG WILL THE LOTTO MAX JACKPOTS BE AND HOW OFTEN?
LOTTO MAX Jackpots begin at $10 million and grow to $60 million until somebody wins.
If the Jackpot reaches $50 million, LOTTO MAX will offer additional MAXMILLIONS Draws of $1 million each.
9. ARE THE JACKPOTS GUARANTEED TO ALWAYS START AT $10 MILLION?
LOTTO MAX Jackpots are estimated to start at $10 million or higher.
10. WILL THERE BE MAXMILLIONS OFFERED AT THE START OF EACH LOTTO MAX JACKPOT?
MAXMILLIONS Draws are only offered once the Main LOTTO MAX Jackpot reaches $50 million. If the Main Jackpot is won, any MAXMILLIONS that are NOT won are added to the next base ($10 million) LOTTO MAX Jackpot. They do not carry forward as MAXMILLIONS prizes. If the Main Jackpot is NOT won, any MAXMILLIONS that are also not won carry forward to the next draw as MAXMILLIONS prizes.
11. WHAT OTHER PRIZES ARE AVAILABLE?
Prizes include a free play for matching 3/7 numbers, $20 prizes for matching 4/7 numbers and for matching 3/7 numbers plus the Bonus. Prizes are also available for matching 5, 6, 6 plus Bonus and all 7 numbers. The value of these prizes is determined by the level of sales and the number of winning tickets sold. Please see prize structure below.
12. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING?
The odds vary for each prize level. The odds of winning the Jackpot per $5 play are 1:28,633,528. The odds of winning the Jackpot on any one seven-number selection are 1:85,900,584. LOTTO MAX offers a range of other great prizes as well. The overall odds of winning any prize are 1:6.6. Please see the prize structure below for details on the odds of winning the various prizes.
Forty-eight per cent of LOTTO MAX Draw sales are allocated to the Prize Fund. The total amount of $20 and Free Play prizes is paid from the Prize Fund and the balance of the fund (the Pools Fund) is then allocated to the 5/7, 6/7, 6/7 + Bonus and 7/7 prize categories as indicated in the table below. If there is more than one winner in a prize category, the prize in that category will be shared among the winners in that category. A winning set of numbers entitles a winner to a prize in only one of the prize categories:
13. WHAT IS THE PRIZE PAYOUT ON THIS GAME?
The LOTTO MAX Prize Fund is 48 per cent of cash sales revenue, divided among prize categories.
14. WHEN ARE DRAWS HELD AND HOW ARE THE NUMBERS DRAWN? WHEN CAN I BUY A TICKET FOR THE FOLLOWING DRAW?
LOTTO MAX tickets go on sale on the Saturday morning following each Friday night draw. Draws are held weekly on Friday night with tickets sold up until 10.30 p.m. EST on draw nights. On each draw date, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) will cause (via ball drop) seven main numbers and one Bonus number to be drawn at random from among all numbers from 1 to 49. In addition, the ILC will use a random number generator to draw seven additional winning numbers for each of the MAXMILLIONS prizes when those additional prizes are offered.
15. ARE QUICK PICKS AVAILABLE? ARE QUICK PICKS AVAILABLE FOR ALL THREE SELECTIONS?
For each $5 play, players may choose a Quick Pick or select their own numbers (using a Selection Slip) for the first set of seven numbers only. Then the LOTTO MAX lottery terminal will randomly choose the second and third sets of numbers.
16. ARE COMBINATION PLAY TICKETS AVAILABLE?
OLG offers eight- and nine-number Combination Plays for LOTTO MAX.
17. IS ADVANCE PLAY AVAILABLE ON LOTTO MAX?
Yes, Customers can play up to 26 draws in advance with LOTTO MAX.
18. HOW DO THE MAXMILLIONS DRAWS WORK? HOW MANY EXTRA PRIZES WILL THERE BE AND HOW OFTEN?
Once the Main LOTTO MAX Jackpot reaches $50 million, additional $1 million MAXMILLIONS prizes will be offered... meaning there are even MORE millions to be won! If the $50 million jackpot is not won, both the main jackpot and MAXMILLIONS will grow with each draw until the main jackpot reaches $60 million or is won. After the main jackpot reaches $60 million, only the number of MAXMILLIONS may grow. When MAXMILLIONS prizes are available, your LOTTO MAX ticket not only gives you a chance at the Main Jackpot but it also gives you a chance to win any of the $1-million MAXMILLIONS Draws on the same date! Seven numbers are drawn for each MAXMILLIONS Draw, when held. Match the numbers drawn to win. If the Main Jackpot is won, any MAXMILLIONS that are NOT won are added to the next base ($10 million) LOTTO MAX Jackpot. They do not carry forward as MAXMILLIONS prizes. If the Main Jackpot is NOT won, any MAXMILLIONS that are also not won carry forward to the next draw as MAXMILLIONS prizes.
19. WILL THE ADDITIONAL DRAWS ALWAYS BE FOR $1 MILLION? WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TICKET SALES DON'T PROVIDE ENOUGH MONEY FOR ADDITIONAL PRIZES OF $1 MILLION?
Yes, the additional MAXMILLIONS prizes will always be exactly $1 million for each additional prize offered. Any excess of the 7/7 prize category for any given draw over the 7/7 Cap, less all $1 million MAXMILLIONS prizes, will be applied to the 6/7 Plus Bonus (2nd) prize category.
20. CAN THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF MAXMILLIONS PRIZES DRAWN VARY FROM THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PRIZES?
The advertised number of MAXMILLIONS prizes prior to a draw being held is always an estimate. The actual number of MAXMILLIONS prizes is determined by sales and the number of MAXMILLIONS not won on the previous draw, if any, and the final number may vary from that estimate.
21. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MAXMILLIONS PRIZE ISN'T WON?
If the Main Jackpot is won, any MAXMILLIONS that are NOT won are added to the next base ($10 million) LOTTO MAX Jackpot. They do not carry forward as MAXMILLIONS prizes. If the Main Jackpot is NOT won, any MAXMILLIONS that are also not won carry forward to the next draw as MAXMILLIONS prizes.
22. WHAT HAPPENS IF MORE THAN ONE TICKET WINS ON A MAXMILLIONS DRAW? IS EACH TICKET WORTH $1 MILLION OR A SHARE OF $1 MILLION?
As with the Main Jackpot, each additional MAXMILLIONS Draw prize of $1 million will be shared equally among the winning tickets for that prize.
23. HOW OFTEN WILL THE MAXMILLIONS DRAWS AND THE EXTRA PRIZES OF$1 MILLION BE OFFERED?
We're estimating that LOTTO MAX will offer MAXMILLIONS prizes on approximately five or more LOTTO MAX draws a year. The actual number of times that MAXMILLIONS Draws are offered will depend on sales and how often Jackpots at the prize levels leading up to $50 million are actually won.
24. HOW MANY ADDITIONAL PRIZES OF $1 MILLION WILL BE AVAILABLE WITH THE MAXMILLIONS DRAWS?
When the amount of the 7/7 prize category for LOTTO MAX is at or above $50 million, a 7/7 Cap for the main draw is established. Each $1 million in excess of the 7/7 Cap is drawn as a separate $1 million MAXMILLIONS prize. The maximum 7/7 Cap for the main draw is $60 million.
25. HOW WILL THE LOTTO MAX DRAWS BE CONDUCTED?
The Main LOTTO MAX Draws held every Friday will be conducted using traditional lottery ball-drop machines – the same way that LOTTO 6/49 winning numbers are drawn. The MAXMILLIONS Draws for additional prizes of $1 million each will be conducted using a random number generator that is being/has been independently tested and certified by Technical Systems Testing, an internationally recognized and accredited testing facility.
26. WHEN DO TERMINALS RE-OPEN AFTER A DRAW?
On any particular game's draw night, the OLG has to close sales to conduct the draw. Approximately ten minutes after the draw close, OLG will re-open sales for the following draw.
RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR
1. WHY ARE YOU CHANGING FROM TRADITIONAL BALL DRAWS TO RANDOM NUMBER GENERATORS (RNG)?
We are modernizing and simplifying the lottery-draw process to offer our players the best gaming and entertainment experience possible.
RNG draws are becoming more common for lottery draws and are used for several lottery games with multiple draws that require results more quickly.
Many of your favourite national lottery games already use Random Number Generator software, including WHEEL OF FORTUNE, DAILY GRAND, the Guaranteed Prize Draw feature of LOTTO 6/49 and the MAXMILLIONS feature of LOTTO MAX. It is also used for the INSTANT win component of POKER LOTTO and MEGADICE.
Effective May 2019, ILC draws for LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 will also occur using Random Number Generator (RNG) software.
2. HOW DOES THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR METHOD WORK?
The ILC RNG system uses a seed value and an algorithm to generate random numbers. A seed is an initial value that is input into the random number generator algorithm to start the process of random number generation.
3. HOW SECURE ARE RNG DRAWS?
Third-party experts have tested and certified the RNG software for randomness. When the software starts, an integrity check is performed on the system to ensure that no changes have been made that could affect the random outcome of the draw. A number of other checks and balances are performed to ensure draw security and are witnessed by third-party experts – including two draw auditors (Grant Thornton and Deloitte) located in two separate geographical locations.
4. WHO IS THE INDEPENDENT CERTIFIER FOR THE RNG TECHNOLOGY?
Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI) reviewed and tested the RNG software that is used to conduct components of LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and DAILY GRAND draws. GLI certifies that the RNG software exhibits random behavior.
5. WHEN WILL LOTTO MAX AND LOTTO 6/49 DRAWS TRANSITION TO THIS METHOD?
The RNG draw method for LOTTO MAX will start with the first draw of the revised game taking place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. LOTTO 6/49 will begin on Wednesday May 15, 2019.
6. IS OLG GOING TO USE RNG TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL THEIR DRAWS?
No. OLG draws such as LOTTARIO, ONTARIO 49, DAILY KENO, POKER LOTTO, MEGADICE, ENCORE and PICK 2, 3 and 4 still use ball machines for draws.
7. WHAT OTHER DRAWS USE THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR METHOD?
Many of your favourite lottery games already use Random Number Generator software, including WHEEL OF FORTUNE, HIT OR MISS, DAILY GRAND, the Guaranteed Prize Draw feature of LOTTO 6/49 and the MAXMILLIONS feature of LOTTO MAX. It is also used for the INSTANT win component of POKER LOTTO and MEGADICE.
OLG draws such as LOTTARIO, ONTARIO 49, DAILY KENO, POKER LOTTO, MEGADICE, ENCORE and PICK 2, 3 and 4 still use ball machines for draws.
8. HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT THE PLAYER?
Players will continue to enjoy their favourite lottery games, with no changes to any game conditions.
9. ARE YOU ABLE TO WATCH RNG DRAWS? ARE THEY AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE?
Animated videos will be available to watch on OLG.ca after the draw takes place.