1. WHAT IS LOTTO MAX? 

LOTTO MAX is the game that gives you a chance to “Dream to the MAX!” LOTTO MAX jackpots start at an estimated $10 million and can grow to $70 million! Once the LOTTO MAX jackpot reaches $50 million, additional prizes of $1 million called MAXMILLIONS are also drawn while the jackpot keeps growing!

2. HOW IS LOTTO MAX PLAYED AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

LOTTO MAX draws take place every Tuesday and Friday. Sales end across the country at 10:30 p.m. ET. The cost is $5 for three sets of seven numbers ranging from 1 to 50.  Players have the option to choose the first set of seven numbers and have the other two sets selected by Quick Pick or use Quick Pick for all three sets. You can play up to 52 draws in advance at retail and ENCORE can be added for $1 per play.

3. HOW HAS LOTTO MAX CHANGED?

As of May 2019, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) made the following changes to LOTTO MAX:

• Two LOTTO MAX draws a week – a Tuesday draw was added in addition to the Friday draw.

• The jackpot cap was increased to $70 million, from $60 million.

• MAXMILLIONS are still added when the main jackpot reaches $50 million.

• One number was added to the game’s matrix. Seven numbers are drawn from a range of 1 to 50.

• Two new lower-tier prize categories were added for matching 5/7+Bonus and 4/7+Bonus which increased the number of prize categories from seven to nine.

• The percentage of the Pools Fund allocated to each prize category changed to accommodate the new prize categories. The overall payout of the game remains at 48%.

• LOTTO MAX players have the option to play up to 52 draws in advance at retail.

4. WAS THERE A PRICE INCREASE TO LOTTO MAX?

No. The price to play LOTTO MAX remains the same at $5 for three selections of seven numbers.

5. HOW HAVE THE PRIZES AND ODDS OF WINNING CHANGED?

See below prize structures: 

PRIZE STRUCTURE:  

 

Previous:

Match

Prize

Odds per $5 play (3 selections)

7/7

89.25% of the Pools Fund

1 in 28,633,528

6/7+Bonus

3.15% of the Pools Fund

1 in 4,090,504

6/7

3.35% of the Pools Fund

1 in 99,768

5/7+Bonus

No prize

 

5/7

4.25% of the Pools Fund

1 in 1,584

4/7+Bonus

No prize

 

4/7

$20

1 in 71.3

3/7+Bonus

$20

1 in 76.7

3/7

Free Play

1 in 8.1

*The odds of winning any prize are one in 6.6 per $5 play.

Present:

Match

Prize

Odds per $5 play (3 selections)

7/7

87.25% of the Pools Fund

1 in 33,294,800

6/7+Bonus

2.5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 4,756,400

6/7

2.5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 113,248

5/7+Bonus

1.5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 37,749

5/7

3.5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 1,841

4/7+Bonus

2.75% of the Pools Fund

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

*The odds of winning any prize are one in 7 per $5 play.

New prize categories

6. HOW BIG WILL THE LOTTO MAX JACKPOTS GROW?

LOTTO MAX jackpots begin at an estimated $10 million and can grow to $70 million. If the jackpot reaches $50 million, LOTTO MAX will offer additional MAXMILLIONS draws of $1 million each while the jackpot keeps growing.

7.  WHAT ARE THE OVERALL ODDS OF WINNING A PRIZE? 

The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 7 per $5 play.

8.  WHAT IS THE PRIZE PAYOUT OF THIS GAME? 

The LOTTO MAX prize fund is 48 per cent of cash sales revenue, divided among prize categories.  

9.  CAN I PLAY LOTTO MAX IN ADVANCE?

Yes. You can play up to 52 draws in advance (six months) at retail or visit PlayOLG.ca to play in advance or create a lottery subscription to Never Miss a Draw.

10. IS COMBINATION PLAY AVAILABLE WITH LOTTO MAX?

OLG offers 8 and 9 number LOTTO MAX combination play tickets. Combination play tickets may be purchased for up to 10 draws in advance.

11. ARE MAXMILLIONS DRAWS ALWAYS FOR $1 MILLION?

Yes, each additional MAXMILLIONS prize will always be exactly $1 million.

12. WHAT HAPPENS TO A MAXMILLIONS PRIZE THAT IS NOT WON?

A regular MAXMILLIONS prize that is not won will be applied to the next draw jackpot amount or to the next series of MAXMILLIONS prizes, depending on whether the main jackpot was won. If a MAXMILLIONS prize is offered as a special draw or bonus and it is not won, that prize does not roll into the next draw.

13. ARE OFFICIAL RULES FOR LOTTO MAX AVAILABLE?

Yes, the official ILC Game Conditions for LOTTO MAX are available on OLG.ca under Lotteries.

14. HOW ARE LOTTO MAX DRAWS CONDUCTED?

LOTTO MAX draws are held every Tuesday and Friday and are conducted using Random Number Generator (RNG) technology that has been independently tested and certified by an internationally recognized and accredited tester. MAXMILLIONS draws are also conducted using RNG.

 

RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR:

15. WHEN DID YOU START USING RANDOM NUMBER GENERATORS (RNG) INSTEAD OF BALL DRAWS FOR THE NATIONAL GAMES?

The lottery-draw process for LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 was modernized and simplified by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) in May 2019 to offer our players the best gaming and entertainment experience possible.

RNG draws are becoming more common for lottery draws worldwide and are often used for games with multiple draws that require results more quickly. 

Draws for WHEEL OF FORTUNE, DAILY GRAND, the Guaranteed Prize draw feature of LOTTO 6/49 and the MAXMILLIONS feature of LOTTO MAX are also conducted using Random Number Generator software. It is also used for the instant win component of POKER LOTTO and MEGADICE.

 

16.  HOW DOES THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR METHOD WORK?

The ILC RNG system uses a proprietary algorithm to generate random numbers. The RNG used is independently tested and certified for its effectiveness in generating random results and its integrity. A number of checks and balances are performed to ensure draw security and are witnessed by external auditors (Grant Thornton LLP).An additional external auditor performs a parallel draw from a separate geographical location (Deloitte).

17. HOW SECURE ARE RNG DRAWS?

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI) reviewed and tested the Random Number Generation (RNG) software that is used to conduct the RNG components of the LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and DAILY GRAND games and certifies that the RNG software exhibits random behavior and is suitable for the application of the lottery draws stated.

A number of checks and balances are performed to ensure draw security and are witnessed (Grant Thornton LLP) and verified (Deloitte), by two external auditors, located in two separate geographical locations.

18. 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.

19. ARE YOU ABLE TO WATCH RNG DRAWS? ARE THEY AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE?

Animated videos depicting the draw results for LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49 and DAILY GRAND are available to watch on OLG.ca after the draw takes place.

20. WHY AREN’T THE ENCORE NUMBERS INCLUDED AT THE END OF THE NEW ANIMATED DRAW VIDEOS?

These new videos are in a different format than the previous draw videos. In the past OLG would add the ENCORE draw results to the video once received from ILC. With this new format, we are unable to edit the video without having the ENCORE results appear out of place. Customers can still watch ENCORE draw videos and see ENCORE results by visiting the ENCORE page of OLG.ca.