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!
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
LOTTO MAX Jackpots are estimated to start at $10 million or higher.
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.
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.
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:
The LOTTO MAX Prize Fund is 48 per cent of cash sales revenue, divided among prize categories.
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.
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.
OLG offers eight- and nine-number Combination Plays for LOTTO MAX.
Yes, Customers can play up to 26 draws in advance with LOTTO MAX.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As with the Main Jackpot, each additional MAXMILLIONS Draw prize of $1 million will be shared equally among the winning tickets for that prize.
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.
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.
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.
Given that there could be many additional draws, it is not practical to use the ball-drop method as it would mean conducting a separate process for each additional MAXMILLIONS Draw – which could take several additional hours – and we want to provide players with the winning numbers as quickly as possible. Many regional games already use a RNG process, and it is widely accepted throughout the industry worldwide.
The system was designed to be as unpredictable as a ball-drop draw. Considerable safeguards, including verification by external auditors, are in place for ALL lottery draws regardless of how the results are generated. In terms of RNG, like the ball machine, the actual machines for RNG are kept in a safe in a controlled room at Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) offices. The software is designed to signal any modification to any component of the system that has an influence on the outcome. As well, there is an external audit of the draw itself.
ALL lottery draws are audited internally and externally and there are a number of checks and balances that are the accountability of third party experts – from on site auditors for draws to the verification of equipment by third party certification experts. The software itself is designed to signal any modification to any component of the system that has an influence on the outcome.
The Main LOTTO MAX Draw will always be conducted using a ball-drop machine while the MAXMILLIONS Draws will always be conducted using the random number generator (RNG).
Grant Thornton LLP are the external auditors for the LOTTO MAX draws.
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.
To create new LOTTO MAX jackpot records and generate more excitement among our players, the LOTTO MAX jackpot cap is increased from $50 million to $60 million, with MAXMILLIONS prizes of $1 million each still starting when the jackpot reaches $50 million. Both the size of the jackpot and the number of MAXMILLIONS will continue to grow with each draw until the jackpot is won, or until the jackpot reaches its new maximum of $60 million. Once the Main Jackpot reaches $60 million, only the number of MAXMILLIONS may grow. To support these larger jackpots, small portions of the prize pools for the 5/7, 6/7 and 6/7+Bonus categories have been directed to the top prizes while still offering similar prize amounts for these secondary prizes. There is no change in price for a LOTTO MAX play; customers will continue to receive three (3) lines for each $5 play.
LOTTO MAX will offer Canadian lottery players higher jackpots, with the Main Jackpot cap increasing from $50 million up to $60 million. LOTTO MAX had offered jackpots up to $50 million for five years. In talking to our lottery players, they told us that they would be excited by even bigger Main Jackpot. The move to higher jackpots will excite our lottery players while still offering the opportunity for $1 million MAXMILLIONS prizes after the jackpot reaches $50 million.
MAXMILLIONS still start when the Main Jackpot is $50 million. 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.
There is no change in price for LOTTO MAX. Customers will continue to receive three (3) lines for each $5 play.
In order to support a new jackpot cap of $60 million, some minor adjustments were made to the LOTTO MAX Prize Structure. Prize payout will still be 48% of ticket sales:
Prize structure changes chart
|Category||Old Pool Fund %||Current Pool Fund %|
|7/7||87 %||89.25 %|
|4 %||3.15 %|
|6/7||4 %||3.35 %|
|5/7||5 %||4.25 %|
|4/7||Fixed prize ($20)||Fixed prize|
|Fixed prize ($20)||Fixed prize|
|3/7||Free Play||Free Play|
For each draw with a jackpot of $50 million or more but less than $60 million, the ILC sets a Main Jackpot at a specific value and will also set a minimum number of MAXMILLIONS prizes. For example, the ILC sets a jackpot of $50 million for a specific draw date along with a minimum of two (2) MAXMILLIONS. The Main Jackpot for that draw would not exceed $50 million and at least two (2) MAXMILLIONS will be drawn. The actual number of MAXMILLIONS drawn could be more than two (2) if ticket sales warrant. Then, if that $50 million jackpot is not won, the ILC would set and cap the jackpot at a value higher than $50 million and set a new minimum number of MAXMILLIONS greater than was offered on the previous draw. For example, the next draw would offer a Main Jackpot of $55 million and four (4) MAXMILLIONS. The jackpot value and the number of MAXMILLIONS will be determined by new ticket sales, the number of MAXMILLIONS that were won/not won on the previous draw, and whether any promotional funding is applied to the jackpot or to MAXMILLIONS. For more detailed information and examples, please see the LOTTO MAX Game Conditions.
The primary draw of lotteries like LOTTO MAX is that they offer players a chance at a big jackpot. By making a few adjustments to the Pools Fund percentages in the subsidiary prize categories, we can better support the big jackpots that players like. Prizes in the 5/7, 6/7 and 6/7+Bonus are still similar amounts that will depend on the total number of winners in the category, as well as on sales and number of fixed prizes won. These changes will continue to support quick growth towards huge jackpots.
Any Advance Play tickets purchased for the July 17, 2015 draw or later will be impacted by the new game changes.