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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 buy a ticket?

Answer: Players must be 18 or over.

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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.

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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.

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9. Does Lotto Max have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

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

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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