Canada Lotto Max FAQs

Get answers to all the most common questions about Lotto Max, including your chances of winning and the cost of a ticket.

Question: When does the Lotto Max draw take place?

Answer: Lotto Max draws are held on Friday nights after 21.00 EST.

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Question: What time do Lotto Max ticket sales close?

Answer: Cut-off times for buying Lotto Max tickets vary between provinces, so it’s a good idea to check with local lottery officials if you’re not sure when ticket sales stop on Friday evenings. If you buy tickets through an online concierge, you may need to purchase your tickets up to three hours before sales are closed in Canada.

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Question: How do I win prizes playing Lotto Max?

Answer: The Lotto Max jackpot is won by matching all seven main draw numbers, however, there are a range of prizes available for matching just three balls upwards.

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Question: Can I play Lotto Max if I do not live in Canada?

Answer: Yes. Tickets for Lotto Max are available to buy online from a concierge service, which allows players who live outside of participating countries to play lottery games from around the world.

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Question: If I win, how long do I have to claim a prize?

Answer: Lotto Max prizes expire 12 months after the date of the draw. If you bought Lotto Max tickets through a concierge service, you will be notified by email of any winnings you are due.

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Question: How old do I have to be to play Canada Lotto Max?

Answer: You must be at least 18 years old to play Lotto Max in Alberta, Manitoba, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territories. In British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island you must be at least 19 years old. Players who live outside Canada and buy tickets through a concierge must be 18 or older.

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Question: Are winnings on Lotto Max taxable?

Answer: There is no tax payable on Lotto Max prizes claimed within Canada, but players are advised to consult a local financial adviser if they are playing from abroad.

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Question: What are the odds of winning a prize on Lotto Max?

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

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Question: What are the odds of winning a MAXMILLIONS prize?

Answer: The odds of winning a MAXMILLIONS prize are the same as that of the jackpot - 1 in 28,633,528.

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Question: Does the Lotto Max have a minimum guaranteed jackpot?

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

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Question: Does the Lotto Max have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

Answer: The Lotto Max jackpot has a cap of CA$60 million, with the MAXMILLIONS game coming into play at CA$50 million and generating additional jackpot prizes worth CA$1 million each. Lottery officials can choose to cap the jackpot at any point between CA$50 million and CA$60 million.

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Question: What is the biggest jackpot ever won on Lotto Max?

Answer: The biggest prize ever won by a single ticket holder on Lotto Max was at the jackpot cap of CA$60 million. A player from Brampton, Ontario scooped the entire jackpot for themselves.

If you include the additional MAXMILLIONS draws, the prize pool has hit CA$100 million on a number of occasions.

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Question: Why do draw times vary so much?

Answer: When the Lotto Max jackpot is under CA$50 million, only one draw takes place, with results available shortly afterwards. However, if the MAXMILLIONS games are in play, each CA$1 million prize has a separate draw, which means the process can take some time. Often the full results will not be available until the following day.

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Question: What happens to MAXMILLIONS prizes that are not won?

Answer: In the event that no player wins in a MAXMILLIONS game, the prize will be added to the main game’s jackpot fund for the next draw. Once Lotto Max reaches a capped amount between CA$50 million and CA$60 million, the MAXMILLIONS draws that are not won are then redrawn the next week.

If someone wins the Lotto Max jackpot, the MAXMILLIONS prizes that weren’t won on the night are added to the base jackpot of CA$10 million for the next draw. This means that the next Lotto Max jackpot can be worth a very large amount of money!

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Question: When is the next Lotto Max draw?

Answer: The next Lotto Max draw will take place on Friday 31st March 2017.

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Question: What is the current value of the Lotto Max jackpot?

Answer: The next Lotto Max jackpot will be worth CA$24,000,000.

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Question: Will the next Lotto Max draw feature MAXMILLIONS draws?

Answer: No.

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Question: How much doe sit cost to play the Canada Lotto Max?

Answer: For $5 you receive 3 sets of numbers to play.

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