Lotto Max History
Lotto Max replaced Lotto Super 7, which saw its final draw on September 18th 2009. Just a week later, on Friday September 25th, the first ever Lotto Max draw took place. Lotto Max was launched as a national Canadian lottery to be a more exciting game with higher jackpots. While the Lotto Super 7 had a minimum jackpot of $2.5 million, the new Lotto Max offered an amazing $10 million as its minimum top prize.
In the draw of July 6th 2012, the total jackpot on offer hit the $100 million mark for the first time in the game’s history. The jackpot cap of $50 million was reached and an additional 50 MaxMillions prizes of $1 million were on offer. As each MaxMillion prize has its own independent number draw, each player potentially has the chance to match more than one prize, or they could each be won by separate players, giving Lotto Max the potential to make 51 millionaires that night.
However, there is no guarantee the MaxMillions or the Lotto Max jackpots will be won, as each prize requires players to match all seven numbers. On the previously mentioned draw of July 6th 2012, only 17 of the MaxMillion prizes were won, plus the jackpot of the Lotto Max which was scooped by a single ticket holder from Quebec. The remainder of the MaxMillions prizes – which added up to $33 million - were added to the following week’s jackpot.
In 2015 the jackpot cap was increased from $50 million to $60 million, with the first winner over the original cap coming in the draw on July 17th when one ticket from Quebec won the $55 million jackpot. The prize was won by a group of 20 employees of a Rona store.
The first draw to take place at the current jackpot cap of $60 million took place later that year on September 25th. The jackpot was won on a single ticket sold in Brampton, Ontario and took the place of the second largest lottery jackpot won in Canada.
The record for the largest ever prize offered in a single draw wasn’t broken until August 12th 2016 when the $60 million cap was reached and 42 MaxMillions prizes offered, setting a new record of $102 million in prizes offered on one single draw. The feat was repeated on January 6th 2017 and then eventually surpassed again on June 8th when 50 MaxMillions prizes were offered.
The current record set for the biggest Lotto Max prize pool ever played for was set on October 26th 2018 when 55 MaxMillions prizes were played for on top of the $60 million jackpot cap. Just 27 of these MaxMillions prizes were won in that draw, meaning the jackpot for the following Lotto Max draw already started at $42 million and re-hit the jackpot cap just four draws later.
In November 2018 it was announced that Lotto Max will undergo some changes that will begin with the draw on May 14th 2019. Among the changes are the increase of the ball pool from 49 to 50, the jackpot cap increasing to $70 million and an additional Lotto Max draw taking place on Tuesday nights. For more information on the 2019 changes, visit the Lotto Max Changes page.