How to Play Lotto Max
To play Lotto Max, players must first choose seven numbers from between 1 – 49, or opt for a Quick Pick which allows the numbers to be automatically generated. Each line of play will see another two random set of seven numbers drawn, giving each ticket up to three chances of winning. Players also have an option in some regions of Canada to play ENCORE, an additional game where they can buy up to an additional five numbers, taking the total amount of chosen numbers to 12.
To win a prize, players must match a minimum of three numbers with those drawn on Friday evening. A total of 48% of all ticket sales is dedicated to the prize fund, which is called the Pools Fund, with 87% of that Fund going towards the jackpot prize. The remaining amount is split between the other six prize tiers.
Lotto Max Draws Every Friday Night
The draw takes place on Friday night at approximately 9.15pm ET. Ticket sales cut off on Friday night, with the specific timing of which varying from region to region, so check with your local shops what time they stop selling tickets to avoid disappointment. The Lotto Max draw will pick seven numbers from the drum at random from the 49 within. In the case of the MaxMillions being in play, each MaxMillions $1 million prize will have its own separate draw of seven numbers. So for example, if there are 12 MaxMillions prizes on offer, there will be a total of 13 draws – one for the Lotto Max, and 12 for each $1 million prize.
Although players can win a free play in the main Lotto Max draw by matching just three numbers, to win the MaxMillions prize players must match all seven numbers exactly. There is no secondary prize tiers to the MaxMillions draws and multiple players can match the same numbers which would see the $1 million prize split between all winning tickets.
In the case of Lotto Max, there will be one final bonus ball drawn. This Bonus Ball gives players a second chance of winning either the second prize tier, where players can match six numbers and the bonus ball and win 4% of the total Prize Pool, or the sixth tier prize, where players can win $20 by matching three numbers and the Bonus Ball.
If there is no jackpot winner to match all seven numbers, the jackpot will roll over to the following draw. If the jackpot is not won before it reaches $50 million, the MaxMillions come into play.