Lotto Max FAQs

Answers to the most common questions about the Lotto Max Canadian Lottery



1. What Time does the Lotto Max draw take place?

Answer: The Lotto Max is drawn at approximately 9.15pm Eastern Time every Friday evening.

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2. What time do Lotto Max ticket sales close?

Answer: This varies from region to region, and players are advised to check locally for ticket sales closure times.

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3. How do I win playing Lotto Max?

Answer: To win a prize on Lotto Max, you will need to match a minimum of three numbers out of seven. To win the jackpot, you must match all seven numbers.

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4. Can I play Lotto Max if I do not live in Canada?

Answer: Yes, you can buy your tickets through an online ticket concierge service which allows players from the rest of the world to play the Lotto Max.

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5. If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Answer: Canadian residents have 12 months from the date of the draw to claim their prize.

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6. How old do I have to be to play the Lotto Max?

Answer: Players of the Lotto Max must be 18 or over.

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7. Are winnings on the Lotto Max taxable?

Answer: There is usually no tax to pay on Lotto Max winnings, but players are advised to check with their local authority if playing from outside Canada.

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8. What are the odds of winning a prize on Lotto Max?

Answer: There is a 1 in 6.6 chance of winning a prize on the Lotto Max, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 28,633,528.

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9. Does the Lotto Max have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

Answer: Yes, the minimum jackpot is $10 million.

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10. Does the Lotto Max have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: The Lotto Max has a jackpot cap of $60 million, but once a $50 million jackpot is reached, the Maxmillions prizes come into play, so there are more jackpot prizes.

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11. What is the biggest jackpot ever won on the Lotto Max?

Answer: $50 million is the most won by one person on the Lotto Max, but the maximum prize fund generated was $100 million. This was made up of 1 x $50 million prize and 50 x $1 million prizes on 6th July 2012. However, of this fund only 17 x $1 million prizes were won plus the jackpot, making the biggest prize pool ever won $67 million.

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12. Why do draw times vary so much?

Answer: If the Lotto Max jackpot is under $50 million there will just be one draw, and the lottery results will be available shortly afterwards. However, if the Maxmillions are in play, each $1 million prize has a separate draw, which means the draw can take some time. Often this can mean full results can not be available until Saturday morning.

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13. What happens to Maxmillions prizes which are not won?

Answer: If the Maxmillions prizes are not won, they will roll over to the following draw. If the jackpot for the following draw is below $50 million, they will be added to the Lotto Max jackpot. However, if the Maxmillions are still in play they will remain as Maxmillions prizes and will increase the total for that week.

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