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Merry Millions FAQS

MERRY MILLIONS is a great new limited-time OLG Lottery game available for $20 from November 21, 2023, to January 9, 2024, featuring three $1 million guaranteed Top Prizes, three $50,000 Early Bird prizes, plus 402 additional prizes between $1,000 and $250,000.

Only 500,000 MERRY MILLIONS tickets are available for purchase at OLG retail locations only.

MERRY MILLIONS is a guaranteed prize draw game with winning tickets to be drawn only from those issued. Each ticket is eligible for all Early Bird Draws scheduled to happen after purchase and for the Main Draw, even if a prize has been won on any Early Bird Draw.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the start of daily sales and close at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, or whenever 500,000 tickets are sold, whichever comes first.

With only a limited number of tickets available and all prizes guaranteed to be won, we anticipate the game will be popular with our customers and sell out.

MERRY MILLIONS is available at OLG retail locations only.  This game is not available on OLG.ca. 

We are looking forward to offering new games for both retail and OLG.ca purchases in the future.

There are a maximum of 500,000 tickets available for the game.

No, ENCORE is not available with MERRY MILLIONS.

Yes, MERRY MILLIONS is available for sale in Ontario only.

MERRY MILLIONS tickets can be purchased by Quick Pick only. To ensure there is only one winning ticket for each prize, each ticket must be unique. If customers were to choose their own numbers, there would always be the possibility that two players could select the same MERRY MILLIONS number, and therefore, have to split a prize.

MERRY MILLIONS prizes range from $1,000 to $1 million. As winning tickets for MERRY MILLIONS will be drawn only from those issued, overall odds of winning any prize are dependent on the number of tickets issued.

Prizes are as follows:

 

                                                                  Prize Amount.                   
Odds of Winning 1 in  *
Early Bird 1 $50,000 500,000.00
Early Bird 2
$50,000
500,000.00
Early Bird 
$50,000
500,000.00

 

Number of Main Draw Prizes Prize Amount Category Odds of Winning 1 in  *
3 $1,000,000 166,666.67
2 $250,000 250,000.00
10 $100,000 50,000.00
15 $50,000 33,333.33
25 $10,000 20,000.00
350 $1,000 1,428.57
  Any Prize 1,225.49

*Calculations are approximate, based on one (1) $20 ticket, and that all available 500,000 selections are issued.  If the total number of tickets sold is less than 500,000, the odds will be better than shown.

The final odds for the three Early Bird prizes will be based on the number of tickets sold before each Early Bird cut-off date.

MERRY MILLIONS is a guaranteed prize draw game with winning tickets drawn only from those issued.

A prize can only be awarded after a winning ticket is presented for validation and approved for payment. While the vast majority of lottery prizes are claimed by customers, there is always some possibility that a winning ticket might not be presented for payment or that the prize claim is not approved.

Yes.  Each ticket is eligible for all Early Bird Draws scheduled to happen after purchase, and for the Main Draw, even if a prize has been won on any Early Bird Draw.  If a ticket wins an Early Bird Prize, the ticket remains eligible for all remaining draws.

However, each ticket is eligible for only one Main Draw prize.

No, MERRY MILLIONS tickets are unique, and therefore no two tickets will have the same numbers. The winning number for each of the MERRY MILLIONS prizes will match only one ticket.

The number of MERRY MILLIONS tickets remaining to purchase, as well as the number of days to the Main Draw, will be displayed on the retail Customer Display Unit.  This will be updated approximately every 60 seconds.

To note, this information regarding tickets remaining is for information purposes only. If there is a discrepancy between the advertised tickets remaining and that which is recorded in the central computer system, the information in the central computer system will govern.

The MERRY MILLIONS draws will be held at OLG’s office in Toronto after 10:30 p.m. ET on each of the following dates:

 

  Draw Date
Early Bird #1  November 28, 2023
Early Bird #2 

December 5, 2023

Early Bird #3 
December 12, 2023
Main Draw 
January 9, 2024

 

All tickets purchased before draw close at 10:30 p.m. ET on each Early Bird Draw date are eligible for the applicable Early Bird Draw(s).

Each MERRY MILLIONS ticket will list the draws the ticket is eligible for.

Yes.  Each ticket is eligible for all Early Bird Draws scheduled to happen after purchase, and for the Main Draw, even if a prize has been won on any Early Bird Draw.  If a ticket wins an Early Bird Prize, the ticket remains eligible for all remaining draws.

However, each ticket is eligible for only one Main Draw prize.

MERRY MILLIONS Winning Numbers will be available on OLG.ca.  The Winning Numbers report from the Lottery Terminal will include a QR code to scan, linking to the Winning Numbers page on OLG.ca.

We encourage customers to check their tickets on the OLG app and ticket checker at retail to see if their ticket is a winner. 

MERRY MILLIONS tickets can be validated at retail the day after the first eligible draw as printed on the ticket. 

Customers who have a ticket that is eligible for the Early Bird draw(s) are reminded to keep their ticket to check and validate after the January 9, 2024 main draw.  

All prizes for the Early Bird Draws and the Main Draw must be claimed by the claim dates outlined below:          

 

Draw Draw Date
Claim by Date
Early Bird #1 November 28, 2023 November 28, 2024
Early Bird #2
December 5, 2023
December 5, 2024
Early Bird #3
December 12, 2023
December 12, 2024
Main Draw
January 9, 2024
January 9, 2025

Unclaimed prizes from games operated solely by OLG such as MERRY MILLIONS are directed to profits paid to the provincial government to benefit the people of Ontario.

For more information about MERRY MILLIONS, you can chat with us, or call the OLG Support Centre at 1-800-387-0098.

Download the official MERRY MILLIONS Game Conditions. Download the official Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Rules Respecting Lottery Games. 

While efforts are made to ensure that the rules and game conditions are accurate and up to date, they cannot always reflect changes. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) reserves the right to change these game conditions and rules respecting lottery games, with or without notice and at such times and in such manner as OLG deems appropriate.

DISCLAIMER

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on our website, no warranty of accuracy or completeness is expressed or implied. Visit a retailer to obtain a list of official winning numbers or to use an in-store ticket checker.