Lotto Max FAQs
Find the answers to the most common questions about the Lotto Max lottery.
1. What time does the draw take place?
Answer: The draw takes place at approximately 9.15pm Eastern Time every Tuesday and Friday evening.
2. What time do ticket sales close?
Answer: This varies from region to region, and players are advised to check locally for ticket sale closure times.
3. How do I win a prize?
Answer: To win a prize on Lotto Max, players must match the numbers they selected with those drawn in the lottery. Players will need to match a minimum of three numbers out of seven to win a prize.
4. Can I play Lotto Max if I do not live in Canada?
Answer: Yes, players can enter online and take part in Lotto Max from anywhere in the world.
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.
6. How old do I have to be to buy a ticket?
Answer: Players must be 18 or over.
7. Are winnings 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.
8. What are the odds of winning a prize?
Answer: There is a 1 in 7 chance of winning a prize on Lotto Max, and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 33,294,800.
9. Does Lotto Max have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?
Answer: Yes, the minimum jackpot is $10 million.
10. Is there a rollover limit or jackpot cap?
Answer: Lotto Max has a jackpot cap of $70 million, but once a $50 million jackpot is reached, MaxMillions comes into play, so there are more jackpot prizes on offer.
11. What is the biggest Lotto Max jackpot ever won?
Answer: Lotto Max's prior jackpot cap of $60 million has been won on a single ticket on more than one occasion. The record total of prizes offered has surpassed $100 million a number of times, due to the old $60 million cap being reached and over 50 additional $1 million MaxMillions prizes also being played for in the same draw.
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 winning numbers will be available shortly afterwards. However, if the MaxMillions prizes are in play, each $1 million prize has a separate draw, which means the process can take some time. Often this can mean the full set of numbers will not be available until Saturday morning.
13. What happens to MaxMillions prizes which are not won?
Answer: If MaxMillions prizes are not won, they will roll over to the following draw. If the jackpot for the following draw is below $50 million, the MaxMillions prize money from the previous draw will be added to the Lotto Max jackpot. However, if the jackpot is still in excess of $50 million they will remain as MaxMillions prizes and will add to the total number of prizes awarded that week.