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 Tuesday and Friday nights, at 21.15 ET.

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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 Tuesday and 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, from matching just three balls for a free play 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.

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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 at least 18.

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Question: Are winnings on Lotto Max taxable?

Answer: There is no tax payable on Lotto Max prizes.

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

Answer: Players have a 1 in 7 chance of winning any prize on Lotto Max and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 33,294,800.

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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 is capped at CA$70 million.

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

Answer: Due to Lotto Max’s prior jackpot cap, CA$60 million is the most won by one person on Lotto Max. However, the total prize fund including MaxMillions prizes has reached as much as CA$115 million. On October 26th 2018, a Lotto Max jackpot of CA$60 million was offered, with 55 MaxMillions prizes up for grabs alongside. The winning ticket was sold in Quebec; 27 of the MaxMillions prizes were won, meaning that $23 million in MaxMillions prizes was rolled into the subsequent week’s base jackpot.

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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 MaxMillions draws are in play, each CA$1 million prize has a separate draw, which means the draw can take some time. Often this can mean full results will not be available until the following day.

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Question: What is MaxMillions?

Answer: : MaxMillions is an additional game, which comes into play whenever the Lotto Max jackpot exceeds CA$50 million. A number of extra prizes, worth CA$1 million, are introduced alongside the main draw. Each MaxMillions prize has its own draw, where seven numbers are randomly chosen from a pool of 50; match all seven numbers with the numbers on your Lotto Max ticket, and you could win CA$1 million. Since MaxMillions is supplementary, and played alongside the main Lotto Max draw, players have more chances to win a six-figure prize.

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

Answer: In the event that no player wins any of the MaxMillions prizes, the prizes will roll over to the following draw. If the jackpot for the following draw is below CA$50 million, they will be added to the Lotto Max jackpot. However, if the MaxMillions are still in play they will remain as MaxMillions prizes and will increase the total for that week.

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Question: When is the next Lotto Max draw?

Answer: The next Lotto Max draw will take place on Tuesday 17th September 2019.

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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$32,000,000.

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

Answer: No.

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Question: How much does it cost to play the Canada Lotto Max?

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

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