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LOTTO MAX FAQ

  1. What is LOTTO MAX?
  2. How is LOTTO MAX played and how much does it cost?
  3. Why can't players choo se all three sets of numbers? Can players elsewhere choose all their own numbers?
  4. When can I check my winning numbers and when can I get paid at the corner store?
  5. Why are the Main Draw winning numbers released at a later time when MAXMILLIONS Draws are held?
  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?
  7. How big will the LOTTO MAX Jackpots be, and how often?
  8. Are the Jackpots guaranteed to always start at $10 million?
  9. Will there be MAXMILLIONS offered at the start of each LOTTO MAX Jackpot?
  10. What other prizes are available?
  11. What are the odds of winning?
  12. What is the prize payout on this game?
  13. When are draws held and how are the numbers drawn? When can I buy a ticket for the following draw?
  14. Are Quick Picks available? Are Quick Picks available for all three selections?
  15. Are combination play tickets available?
  16. Is Advance Play available on LOTTO MAX?
  17. How do the MAXMILLIONS Draws work?
  18. 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?
  19. Can the actual number of MAXMILLIONS prizes drawn vary from the estimated number of prizes?
  20. What happens when a MAXMILLIONS prize isn't won?
  21. What does the plus symbol stand for?
  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?
  23. How often will the MAXMILLIONS Draws and the extra prizes of $1 million be offered?
  24. How many additional prizes of $1 million will be available with the MAXMILLIONS Draws?
  25. How will the LOTTO MAX draws be conducted?
  26. Why will the MAXMILLIONS Draws be conducted using a random number generator (RNG) instead of using the same ball drop machine method that will be used for the main draw?
  27. Is a random number generator as random as using the traditional ball-drop method?
  28. A random number generator is a type of computer program, so what's to prevent someone from manipulating that program to fix a draw to ensure a specific ticket wins?
  29. How are people supposed to know that you're using a different method to draw the MAXMILLIONS prizes instead of using a ball machine?
  30. What organization audits the LOTTO MAX draws?

LOTTO MAX GAME CHANGES FAQ
  1. What has changed with LOTTO MAX?
  2. Why did the jackpot increase to $60 million from $50 million?
  3. When will MAXMILLIONS start being offered?
  4. Is the price of a LOTTO MAX changing?
  5. What are the changes to the prize structure?
  6. How will the value of the LOTTO MAX jackpot and number of MAXMILLIONS be determined for jackpot of $50 million or more up to the new cap of $60 million?
  7. Why was it necessary to make changes to the 5/7, 6/7, and 6/7+Bonus Categories?
  8. Are my Advance Play purchases impacted?

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. 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.

8. Are the Jackpots guaranteed to always start at $10 million?

LOTTO MAX Jackpots are estimated to start at $10 million or higher.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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:

PRIZE PAYOUT CHART
LOTTO MAX MAIN DRAW
Matches Win Odds of Winning*
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 4.25% of the Pools Fund 1 in 1,584
4/7 $20 1 in 71.3
3/7 + Bonus $20 1 in 76.7
3/7 Free Play 1 in 8.1
  Any prize 1 in 6.6

* Per $5 play (approximate).

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Are combination play tickets available?

OLG offers eight- and nine-number Combination Plays for LOTTO MAX.

16. Is Advance Play available on LOTTO MAX?

Yes, Customers can play up to 26 draws in advance with LOTTO MAX.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. What does the plus symbol stand for?

The plus symbol tells you that the estimated LOTTO MAX Jackpot is at least $50 million plus 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. Why will the MAXMILLIONS Draws be conducted using a random number generator (RNG) instead of using the same ball drop machine method that will be used for the Main Draw?

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.

27. Is a random number generator as random as using the traditional ball-drop method?

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.

28. A random number generator is a type of computer program, so what's to prevent someone from manipulating that program to fix a draw to ensure a specific ticket wins?

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.

29. How are people supposed to know that you're using a different method to draw the MAXMILLIONS prizes instead of using a ball machine?

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).

30. What organization audits the LOTTO MAX draws?

Grant Thornton LLP are the external auditors for the LOTTO MAX draws.


LOTTO MAX GAME CHANGES FAQ

1. What has changed with LOTTO MAX?

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.

2. Why did the Jackpot increase to $60 million from $50 million?

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.

3. When will MAXMILLIONS start being offered?

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.

4. Is the price of a LOTTO MAX changing?

There is no change in price for LOTTO MAX. Customers will continue to receive three (3) lines for each $5 play.

5. What are the changes to the prize structure?

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:

Category OLD - Pool Fund % Current - Pool Fund %
7/7 87 % 89.25 %
6/7 + Bonus 4 % 3.15 %
6/7 4 % 3.35 %
5/7 5 % 4.25 %
4/7 Fixed prize ($20) Fixed prize ($20)
3/7 + Bonus Fixed prize ($20) Fixed prize ($20)
3/7 Free Play Free Play

6. How will the value of the LOTTO MAX jackpot and number of MAXMILLIONS be determined for jackpot of $50 million or more up to the new cap of $60 million?

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.

7. Why was it necessary to make changes to the 5/7, 6/7, and 6/7+Bonus Categories?

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.

8. Are my Advance Play purchases impacted?

Any Advance Play tickets purchased for the July 17, 2015 draw or later will be impacted by the new game changes.





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