1. HOW HAS LOTTO MAX CHANGED?

Beginning in May 2019 the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) will make changes to LOTTO MAX.

 

The changes include:

 

• LOTTO MAX draws moving to two draws a week. A Tuesday draw will be added in addition to the current Friday draw.

 

• The new jackpot cap will increase to $70 million, from the current $60 million.

MAXMILLIONS will continue to be added when the main jackpot reaches $50 million.

 

• One number will be added to the game’s matrix. Seven numbers will be drawn from a range of 1 to 50, from the current 1 to 49.

 

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

 

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

 

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

The price to play LOTTO MAX remains the same at $5 per play while offering bigger jackpots and more chances to win with the two brand new prize categories.

2. WHEN ARE YOU MAKING THIS CHANGE?

The changes to LOTTO MAX will start on Saturday, May 11, 2019 with the first draw of the revised game taking place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

3. WILL THERE BE A PRICE INCREASE TO LOTTO MAX?

The price to play LOTTO MAX remains the same at $5 for three selections of seven numbers.

4. WHEN DOES THE NEW PRIZE STRUCTURE TAKE EFFECT?

The new prize structure will apply to any tickets purchased at start of sales on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and will apply to the first draw of the new game on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The last draw with the current prize structure is Friday, May 10, 2019.

5. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN ODDS BETWEEN THE CURRENT LOTTO MAX AND THE NEW LOTTO MAX?

See below prize structures.  

  Existing Game (until May 11, 2019)

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.

New (as of May 11, 2019):

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

6. WHY HAVE THE ODDS TO WIN ANY PRIZE DECREASED (FROM 1.66 TO 1.7)?

LOTTO MAX players told us they didn't want the $5 price point to go up but wanted to see larger jackpots and growing MAXMILLIONS. While the overall odds of winning any prize decreases slightly from 1 in 6.6 to 1 in 7 (a 0.4 per cent decrease), we enhanced the game by providing twice a week draws, increasing the jackpot cap to $70 million and adding more chances to win with the two new prize categories. The overall payout of LOTTO MAX remains the same at 48%. All these enhancements were made while keeping the price of the ticket the same.

7. WHY DID YOU ANNOUNCE THE CHANGES SIX MONTHS BEFORE THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO START?

As LOTTO MAX players can purchase tickets up to 26 draws (or six months) in advance, we are beginning to limit the amount of advanced draws available for purchase at this time to ensure a clear separation between the current game and the new version. Because of the advance play rolldown, we wanted to ensure that players were informed of the changes by providing game details early.

8. HOW DOES THIS CHANGE AFFECT PLAYOLG SUBSCRIBERS?

If you are a PlayOLG LOTTO MAX subscriber, please visit PlayOLG.ca for more information.

 

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