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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 choose 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 the Jackpot ever get bigger than $50 million?
  10. Will there be MAXMILLIONS offered at the start of each LOTTO MAX Jackpot?
  11. What other prizes are available?
  12. What are the odds of winning?
  13. What is the prize payout on this game?
  14. When are draws held and how are the numbers drawn? When can I buy a ticket for the following draw?
  15. Are Quick Picks available? Are Quick Picks available for all three selections?
  16. Is advance play available with LOTTO MAX?
  17. Are combination play tickets available?
  18. Is there a subscription service for LOTTO MAX?
  19. How will the MAXMILLIONS Draws work? How many extra prizes will there be and how often?
  20. 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?
  21. Can the actual number of MAXMILLIONS prizes drawn vary from the estimated number of prizes?
  22. What happens when a MAXMILLIONS prize isn't won?
  23. What does the plus symbol stand for?
  24. What happens if more than one ticket wins on a MAXMILLIONS Draw? Is each ticket worth $1 million or a share of $1 million?
  25. How often will the MAXMILLIONS Draws and the extra prizes of $1 million be offered?
  26. How many additional prizes of $1 million will be available with the MAXMILLIONS Draws?
  27. How will the LOTTO MAX draws be conducted?
  28. 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?
  29. Is this random number generator (RNG) draw process used for any other games?
  30. Is a random number generator as random as using the traditional ball-drop method?
  31. 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?
  32. How are people supposed to know that you're using a different method to draw the MAXMILLIONS prizes instead of using a ball machine?
  33. Are the LOTTO MAX balls the same as those used for LOTTO 6/49 or other games? Is there any testing done to protect against the balls being altered to affect the outcome of a draw?
  34. What organization audits the LOTTO MAX draws?

1. What is LOTTO MAX?

LOTTO MAX is the game that gives you a chance to push your dreams to the limit and Take it to the Max! As Canada's most exciting national, weekly lottery, LOTTO MAX Jackpots start at $10 million and quickly grow to $50 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, every $1 million over $50 million gets 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 9 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 $50 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 the Jackpot ever get bigger than $50 million?

Once the main jackpot reaches $50 million, LOTTO MAX kicks into MAXMILLIONS mode, offering additional prizes of $1 million each. The LOTTO MAX jackpot is capped at $50 million. We’re always re-evaluating our games to keep them relevant and exciting for our players so that could possibly change at some time in the future.

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 $50 million 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 $50 million 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:

PRIZE PAYOUT CHART
LOTTO MAX MAIN DRAW
Matches Win Odds of Winning*
7/7 87% of the Pools Fund 1 in 28,633,528
6/7 + Bonus 4% of the Pools Fund 1 in 4,090,504
6/7 4% of the Pools Fund 1 in 99,768
5/7 5% 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).

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 9 p.m. ET 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. Is advance play available with LOTTO MAX?

Players have the convenience of purchasing LOTTO MAX up to 26 weeks in advance at lottery retailers. Combination Play tickets may be purchased for up to 10 draws in advance.

17. Are combination play tickets available?

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

18. Is there a subscription service for LOTTO MAX?

OLG currently does not offer a subscription service for LOTTO MAX.

19. How will the MAXMILLIONS Draws work? How many extra prizes will there be and how often?

Once the Main LOTTO MAX Jackpot reaches $50 million, every $1-million over the $50 million gets drawn as a separate MAXMILLIONS Draw… meaning there are even MORE millions to be won!

When MAXMILLIONS prizes are available, your LOTTO MAX ticket not only gives you a chance at the $50 million 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 $50 million 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 $50 million Jackpot is NOT won, any MAXMILLIONS that are also not won carry forward to the next draw as MAXMILLIONS prizes.

We estimate that LOTTO MAX will offer MAXMILLIONS prizes on approximately five or more LOTTO MAX Draws a year.

20. 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 amount over $50 million not allotted to a MAXMILLIONS prize will be applied to the 6/7 Plus Bonus (2nd) prize category.

21. 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.

22. What happens when a MAXMILLIONS prize isn't won?

If the $50 million 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 $50 million Jackpot is NOT won, any MAXMILLIONS that are also not won carry forward to the next draw as MAXMILLIONS prizes.

23. What does the plus symbol stand for?

The plus symbol tells you that the LOTTO MAX Jackpot is estimated at $50 million plus MAXMILLIONS prizes.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. How many additional prizes of $1 million will be available with the MAXMILLIONS Draws?

The number of additional MAXMILLIONS prizes of $1 million will be determined by the level of sales for the draw.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. Is this random number generator (RNG) draw process used for any other games?

The RNG system utilizes a similar technology to the one used for drawing the MILLIONAIRE LIFE national lottery game offered in February of each year. OLG's BIG LINK BINGO games, which are offered in bingo halls across the province, also use the RNG system. Other regional lotteries use random number generators for some or all of their regional games.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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).

33. Are the LOTTO MAX balls the same as those used for LOTTO 6/49 or other games? Is there any testing done to protect against the balls being altered to affect the outcome of a draw?

A new and separate set of balls will be used for the LOTTO MAX Main Draws, and the same controls used for LOTTO 6/49 draws will protect the balls against any tampering. The balls are supplied by Smartplay International Inc. (of the U.S.) which specializes in these items. Each of the 49 balls is 51mm in diameter. The balls will be tested regularly to ensure they are consistent for size, weight, volume displacement and bounce. The same ball-drop machine that is used for LOTTO 6/49 will also be used for the LOTTO MAX Main Draws. As with LOTTO 6/49, between draws the balls will be sealed and kept in a locked, secure location and can only be accessed by authorized Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) draw personnel in the presence of an external trust officer.

34. What organization audits the LOTTO MAX draws?

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





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