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Lotto Max is one of three national lotteries in Canada. The lottery was launched in 2009 and is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). The lottery corporation is jointly owned by five provincial lottery commissions and revenue generated from the national lottery is paid out proportionately to the different regions depending on ticket sales.
The national lottery replaced Lotto Super 7. Lotto Max is a 7/50 game that is drawn twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
CA$ 5 buys you three sets of numbers. Each board includes two additional Quick Picks which is where the lottery terminal randomly generates lucky numbers for you. Players pick 7 numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. To win Lotto Max, players must match 7 out of the 7 draw numbers.
The Lotto Max jackpot starts at CA$ 10 million and if there is no lucky winner in a draw, the jackpot rolls over. The Canada Lotto Max jackpot is capped at CA$70 million. After the jackpot hits CA$ 50 million, additional drawings are held in an auxiliary account to fund the MaxMillions prizes. Each MaxMillions prize is CA$ 1 million each.
Other Lotto Max games
Other regions in Canada run similar versions to the Canada Lotto Max. Loto-Québec and Western Canada Lottery Corporation local versions of Lotto Max, including Québec Max and Western Max. The draws for these two lotteries are held on the same nights as Lotto Max which is every Tuesday and Friday.
The difference between Lotto Max and Québec Max and Western Max is the jackpot is fixed at CA$ 2 million. The latter two lotteries included additional drawings from a pool of 7 numbers for Québec and a pool of 10 for Western Canada for an extra CA$ 1 million draw per region.
Players can choose between playing Lotto Max and the regional games or both by indicating their choice on their betslip.
Loto-Québec is different to Lotto Max and Western Max because it is the only region out of all 5 regions that allows players to manually select all 3 sets on a board for CA$ 5. The other two regional games give players the option of selecting one set manually but the 2nd and 3rd set are generated randomly by the lottery terminal in the form of QuickPick.
Each region offers add-on games for an extra CA$ 1 for each game. There are different names for the add-on games such as Tag, Encore or Extra depending on the region. How the add-on games work is the terminal adds a 6- or 7-digit number to the ticket to win a top cash prize that ranges from CA$ 250 000 in Western Canada to CA$ 1 million in Ontario and Québec.
Who owns Lotto Max?
Biggest Lotto Max payouts
CA$ 55 million was won in 2015 by a group of 20 employees who bought their lucky winning ticket from a store in Québec. It was the first jackpot won after the lottery rules changed that allowed the main Lotto Max jackpot to exceed CA$ 50 million.
At the time, this big lotto win was the second-largest payout in Canada’s lottery history. It fell a few million short of the CA$ 63 million payout in 2013 on Lotto 6/49.
In June 2019, Lotto Max broke Lotto 6/49’s record when it paid out CA$ 60 million to a single ticket holder in Montreal.
Canada waited with bated breath at the start of 2020 as the Lotto Max jackpot reached CA$ 70 million for the first time ever. There’s a lucky winner out there in Canada whose life will change forever if his or her 7 lucky numbers match the drawn numbers in the next draw.
What changes have been made to Lotto Max?
It is possible to bet on Canada Lotto Max in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. This means you can now buy tickets online for Canada Lotto Max in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office.
Lotto Max is a twice-weekly fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular in participating regions in Canada. You cannot buy a ticket for Lotto Max from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online and/or using the Canada Lotto Max mobile app.
The easiest way to access Lotto Max in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.
To play Lotto Max, players pick 7 numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. On the draw night, 7 winning numbers plus a bonus number are drawn. For CA$ 5, you get a three sets for the cost of one ticket.
Players can manually pick their lucky numbers for the first set or use the Quick Pick option. The second and third set of numbers on your single ticket are randomly generated by the lottery terminal.
To win the Lotto Max jackpot, players must match all 7 of the drawn numbers. If there is more than one winner in the first prize division, the big payout is shared among the lucky winners.
To be ‘in it to win it’ more often, you can select ENCORE. This allows you to play up to 52 consecutive draws at CA$ 1 for each draw you participate in.
How old must you be to play Canada Lotto Max?
When does the Lotto Max draw take place?
Why Lotto Max draw times are different
When you mark the Quick Pick box on your betslip (or tell the cashier to select it), the lottery terminal automatically generates 6 random numbers for you for the draw.
The Quick Pick random number generator for a lottery draw game has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked for one play, the terminal resets itself to generate a fresh batch of completely random number for the next play.
Players generally opt to use Quick Pick because it saves them the bother of coming up with their own set of unique numbers.
With Lotto Max, you get three sets on a board for one play. The first set can be picked manually and the second and third set are selected by the terminal machine as if it’s a Quick Pick. You can opt to use Quick Pick to choose your 7 lucky numbers in the first set.
The Lotto Max jackpot was previously capped at CA$ 50 million but this limit was increased and the jackpot can roll over to a maximum of CA$ 70 million. The starting jackpot is CA$ 10 million and rolls over until there is a winner or the jackpot reaches CA$ 50 million.
The 7/7 jackpot cap is applied when the jackpot reaches this limit. Each CA$ 1 million that the jackpot rolls over the cap of CA$ 50 million is drawn as a separate CA$ 1 million payout known as MaxMillions prizes.
For each MaxMillions draw, 7 numbers are drawn from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. To win a MaxMillions prize, a player must match all 7 lucky drawn numbers. If there is more than one winner, the MaxMillions cash prize is shared among the lucky winners.
Lotto Max with Combination Play
You can choose your own lucky numbers or use Combo Play Quick Pick. Combo Play also allows you to participate in up to 10 draws in advance.
With a Combo Play ticket, you win the same prizes as the regular game but because you have multiple game selections, you stand the chance of winning multiple prizes.
The way Combo Play works is you play the same way as if you have a single ticket but the lottery terminal adds two Quick Pick combinations to your ticket.
If you play ENCORE with Combo Play, you or the terminal adds one extra number for a chance to win the CS$250 000 top prize or CA$ second prize.
You can play 8- and 9-number Combination Plays. Each Combination Play is eligible for both the Lotto Max main draw and MaxMillions draws when they are held.
Lotto Max with ENCORE
For only CA$ 1, ENCORE offers you a chance to win CA$ 1 million. ENCORE gives you the chance to win the CA$250 000 top prize or CA$100 000 second prize on the Friday draw.
When you fill in a betslip for Lotto Max, ask the cashier where you buy your ticket to include ENCORE on Quick Picks. Otherwise, mark how many times you want to play ENCORE yourself. You can play it up to 10 times.
When you play Advance Play to multiply the number of times you participate in Lotto Max draws; you play ENCORE and your main game for each of the games’ draws.
You win with ENCORE by matching the drawn number between 1 and 10. You need to match the numbers drawn in order from left to right or right to left.
The minimum advertised (starting) jackpot for Lotto Max is CA$ 10 million. The jackpot rolls over to the next draw if no-one matches all 7 drawn numbers. The main jackpot is capped at CA$ 70 million.
When the Lotto Max jackpot reaches CA$ 50 million, additional drawings are held back and allocated for MaxMillions prizes which are CA$ 1 million each. And this is why the lottery is called Lotto Max because the game offers maximum chances to win big cash prizes with the MaxMillion prizes.
What are MaxMillions prizes?
The minimum advertised jackpot for Lotto Max is CA$ 10 million. This is the starting jackpot. The jackpot rolls over to the next draw if there is no jackpot winner but only up to CA$ 50 million. Thereafter, additional drawings are held for secondary MaxMillions prizes, each worth CA$ 1 million.
If a MaxMillions prize is not won, the CA$ 1 million is rolled over to the next draw or to the next series of draws. If some lucky player wins the Lotto Max jackpot but the MaxMillions prizes have not been won by anyone, the prize money is used to top up the starting jackpot.
MaxMillions cash prizes are paid out in a lump sum and are not taxed.
How many prize divisions does Canada Lotto Max offer?
|Numbers matched||Prize allocation||Odds of winning per CA$ 5 play
|7 out of 7 matched numbers||87.25% of the pools fund||1 in 33 294 800
|6 out of 7 plus bonus number||2.5% of the pools fund||1 in 4 756 400
|6 out of 7 matched numbers||2.5% of the pools fund||1 in 113 248
|5 out of 7 plus bonus number||1.5% of the pools fund||1 in 37 749
|5 out of 7 matched numbers||3.5% of the pools fund||1 in 1 841
|4 out of 7 plus bonus number||2.75% of the pools fund||1 in 1 105
|4 out of 7 matched numbers||$20||1 in 82.9
|3 out of 7 plus bonus number||$20||1 in 82.9
|3 out of 7 matched numbers||Free play||1 in 8.5
How to claim a Lotto Max prize
Firstly, make sure you have signed the back of your ticket and completed the Claim Form on the back of the ticket.
Prizes can be claimed at a lottery retail outlet or by mail. Lotto Max prizes expire 12 months after the date of the draw.
|Game||Odds of winning||Prize winning estimate
|Canada Lotto Max||1 in 3.2 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 1.5 million)
|US Powerball||1 in 292 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
|Mega Millions||1 in 302.5 million|
Match 6 numbers
|Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
When Lotto Max was launched in 2009, it attracted higher revenue in its first 10 months of operation than Super 7 did in its best year of sales. The reason why Lotto Max is so popular is largely due to the size of its total prize pools. These often get as big as the major lotteries in the United States.
There is also a perception that the MaxMillions prizes has increased players chance of winning a big payout.
Other changes have been implemented which adds to the appeal of Lotto Max. This includes adding an extra draw on Tuesday, increasing the jackpot cap, increasing the number field and adding two additional prize divisions.
Here are 10 common lottery myths:
The odds of winning the Lotto Max jackpot is over 1 in 33 million per CA$ 5 play.
However, there are 8 other prize divisions and more ways to win cash prizes betting on Lotto Max.
|Numbers matched||Odds of winning per CA$ 5 play
|7 out of 7 matched numbers||1 in 33 294 800
|6 out of 7 plus bonus number||1 in 4 756 400
|6 out of 7 matched numbers||1 in 113 248
|5 out of 7 plus bonus number||1 in 37 749
|5 out of 7 matched numbers||1 in 1 841
|4 out of 7 plus bonus number||1 in 1 105
|4 out of 7 matched numbers||1 in 82.9
|3 out of 7 plus bonus number||1 in 82.9
|3 out of 7 matched numbers||1 in 8.5
Canada Lotto Max is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by legitimate lottery organisations in the participating countries in the Caribbean and Paraguay. These lottery enterprises are regulated by federal state laws and you can play Canada Lotto Max with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.
On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.
Operators of state lotteries such as Canada Lotto Max will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.
How lottery scams work
Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.
You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.
The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.
People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.
Warning signs of a lottery scam
You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.
The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.
To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.
You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.
What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer
Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.
Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.
Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.
Lotto Max is one of three national lotteries in Canada. The other two are Lotto 6/49 and the Daily Grand. There are several regional lotteries in Canada which are governed by regional corporations and revenue is shared according to the proportion of ticket sales.
Lotto Max has always been popular but recent changes have added to its appeal. This includes increasing the jackpot cap from CA$ 50 million to CA$ 70 million, increasing the number field from 49 to 50, adding an extra draw night on Tuesday and adding two extra lower-tier prize divisions.
There are multiple ways to improve your chances of winning with Lotto Max and these make the games more competitive and exciting. ENCORE gives you the chance to win the CA$250 000 top prize or CA$100 000 second prize on the Friday draw. Advance Play and Combo Play allow you to bet more often and on more games.
The big draw card for Lotto Max is MaxMillions. Individual prizes of a whopping CA$ 1 million each kick in when the jackpot has reached CA$ 50 million. This gives more people more chances to win a big cash prize with Lotto Max.