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Lotto Max is one of three national lotteries in Canada. The lottery was launched in 2009 and is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). The lottery corporation is jointly owned by five provincial lottery commissions and revenue generated from the national lottery is paid out proportionately to the different regions depending on ticket sales.

The national lottery replaced Lotto Super 7. Lotto Max is a 7/50 game that is drawn twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

CA$ 5 buys you three sets of numbers. Each board includes two additional Quick Picks which is where the lottery terminal randomly generates lucky numbers for you. Players pick 7 numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. To win Lotto Max, players must match 7 out of the 7 draw numbers.

The Lotto Max jackpot starts at CA$ 10 million and if there is no lucky winner in a draw, the jackpot rolls over. The Canada Lotto Max jackpot is capped at CA$70 million. After the jackpot hits CA$ 50 million, additional drawings are held in an auxiliary account to fund the MaxMillions prizes. Each MaxMillions prize is CA$ 1 million each.

Other Lotto Max games

Other regions in Canada run similar versions to the Canada Lotto Max. Loto-Québec and Western Canada Lottery Corporation local versions of Lotto Max, including Québec Max and Western Max. The draws for these two lotteries are held on the same nights as Lotto Max which is every Tuesday and Friday.

The difference between Lotto Max and Québec Max and Western Max is the jackpot is fixed at CA$ 2 million. The latter two lotteries included additional drawings from a pool of 7 numbers for Québec and a pool of 10 for Western Canada for an extra CA$ 1 million draw per region.

Players can choose between playing Lotto Max and the regional games or both by indicating their choice on their betslip.

Loto-Québec is different to Lotto Max and Western Max because it is the only region out of all 5 regions that allows players to manually select all 3 sets on a board for CA$ 5. The other two regional games give players the option of selecting one set manually but the 2nd and 3rd set are generated randomly by the lottery terminal in the form of QuickPick.

Each region offers add-on games for an extra CA$ 1 for each game. There are different names for the add-on games such as Tag, Encore or Extra depending on the region. How the add-on games work is the terminal adds a 6- or 7-digit number to the ticket to win a top cash prize that ranges from CA$ 250 000 in Western Canada to CA$ 1 million in Ontario and Québec.

Who owns Lotto Max?

Lotto Max in Canada is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). The lottery organisation is jointly owned by five provincial lottery commissions and has its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.
ILC was established in 1976 and given license to operate joint lottery games throughout Canada. It is responsible for 4 popular lottery games:

Lotto Max

Lotto 6/49

Daily Grand

Celebration (special event lottery)

Each of the five provincial organisations markets Lotto Max within its jurisdiction and revenue from Lotto Max goes to each province in proportion to its lottery ticket sales.

Biggest Lotto Max payouts

CA$ 55 million was won in 2015 by a group of 20 employees who bought their lucky winning ticket from a store in Québec. It was the first jackpot won after the lottery rules changed that allowed the main Lotto Max jackpot to exceed CA$ 50 million.

At the time, this big lotto win was the second-largest payout in Canada’s lottery history. It fell a few million short of the CA$ 63 million payout in 2013 on Lotto 6/49.

In June 2019, Lotto Max broke Lotto 6/49’s record when it paid out CA$ 60 million to a single ticket holder in Montreal.

Canada waited with bated breath at the start of 2020 as the Lotto Max jackpot reached CA$ 70 million for the first time ever. There’s a lucky winner out there in Canada whose life will change forever if his or her 7 lucky numbers match the drawn numbers in the next draw.

Breaking news!
A lucky player won the CA$ 70 million jackpot in January 2020. The ticket was sold in Brampton in Ontario. In addition to the massive lottery payout, there were 25 MaxMillion prizes to be won so no doubt, there are a few very happy players out there.

What changes have been made to Lotto Max?

The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) made the following changes to Lotto Max in May 2019:

Lotto Max draws take place twice a week. A Tuesday draw was added to the weekly Friday draw.

The Lotto Max jackpot cap was increased from CA$ 60 million to CA$ 70 million.

MaxMillions are added when the main jackpot reaches CA$ 50 million. This is unchanged.

The pool of numbers increased from 49 to 50. Players now pick numbers in the first set from a main pool of 1 to 50 numbers.

Two new lower-tier prize divisions have been added. To win these lower prizes, players must match 5 of the 7 drawn numbers plus the Bonus number and/or 4 of the 7 drawn numbers plus the Bonus number. This change increased the prize divisions from 7 to 9.

Although the overall payout of the game for prizes remains at 48% of ticket sales, the percentages within the pool fund changed to accommodate the two new prize categories.

Players have the option to bet on up to 52 consecutive Lotto Max draws when selected in advance.


It is possible to bet on Canada Lotto Max in South Africa. Register and open an account with a reputable online betting service such as Betway. This means you can now buy tickets online for Canada Lotto Max in South Africa from the comfort of your own home or office.

Lotto Max is a twice-weekly fixed-odds betting game that is hugely popular in participating regions in Canada. You cannot buy a ticket for Lotto Max from a South African lottery retail outlet. You can only bet on the lottery game online and/or using the Canada Lotto Max mobile app.

The easiest way to access Lotto Max in South Africa is downloading a betting app such as the Betway Mobile App. It’s user-friendly, easy to access and developed specifically for Smartphones. The betting mobile app gives you up-to-date notifications about draws and the latest gaming promotions.

Step-by-step guide to betting on Canada Lotto Max in South Africa

Register and open an account with licensed online betting service in South Africa

Select Lotto Max from the list of lotteries available to play online

Pick your numbers manually or select the Quick Pick option for as many boards you want to play

Choose whether to enter a single draw or multiple draws

Select add-on features to increase your cash winnings

Confirm and pay for your online bet


To play Lotto Max, players pick 7 numbers from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. On the draw night, 7 winning numbers plus a bonus number are drawn. For CA$ 5, you get a three sets for the cost of one ticket.
Players can manually pick their lucky numbers for the first set or use the Quick Pick option. The second and third set of numbers on your single ticket are randomly generated by the lottery terminal.
To win the Lotto Max jackpot, players must match all 7 of the drawn numbers. If there is more than one winner in the first prize division, the big payout is shared among the lucky winners.
To be ‘in it to win it’ more often, you can select ENCORE. This allows you to play up to 52 consecutive draws at CA$ 1 for each draw you participate in.

How old must you be to play Canada Lotto Max?

In South Africa, players must be 18 years and older to purchase and redeem Lotto Max tickets.
In Canada, players must be 18 years and older to play in the following regions:




Northwest Territories




Yukon Territories

In British Columbia, players must be 19 years and older to play in the following regions:

Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

When does the Lotto Max draw take place?

Lotto Max draws take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays evenings. The time Lotto Max is drawn depends on the different regional time zones.
Tickets are sold for Lotto Max up to 22h30 Eastern Time on draw nights. This is:

21h30 Central Time

20h30 Mountain Time

19h30 Pacific Time

Bear in mind, if you’re betting on Lotto Max in South Africa, Canada has different time zones and the country observes Daylight Saving Time (DST). South Africa doesn’t observe DST. The time of the next draw for Lotto Max is advertised on the website of any licensed betting service or lottery mobile app you use to purchase your ticket.

Why Lotto Max draw times are different

Only one draw takes place when the Lotto Max jackpot is under CA$ 50 million. When the jackpot is over CA$ 50 million and the MaxMillions draws are in play, each CA$ 1 million prize has a separate draw which takes place at different times.
What is Quick Pick?

When you mark the Quick Pick box on your betslip (or tell the cashier to select it), the lottery terminal automatically generates 6 random numbers for you for the draw.

The Quick Pick random number generator for a lottery draw game has no built-in memory. Once a set of numbers is picked for one play, the terminal resets itself to generate a fresh batch of completely random number for the next play.

Players generally opt to use Quick Pick because it saves them the bother of coming up with their own set of unique numbers.

With Lotto Max, you get three sets on a board for one play. The first set can be picked manually and the second and third set are selected by the terminal machine as if it’s a Quick Pick. You can opt to use Quick Pick to choose your 7 lucky numbers in the first set.

What happens when the Lotto Max jackpot reaches CA$ 50 million?

The Lotto Max jackpot was previously capped at CA$ 50 million but this limit was increased and the jackpot can roll over to a maximum of CA$ 70 million. The starting jackpot is CA$ 10 million and rolls over until there is a winner or the jackpot reaches CA$ 50 million.

The 7/7 jackpot cap is applied when the jackpot reaches this limit. Each CA$ 1 million that the jackpot rolls over the cap of CA$ 50 million is drawn as a separate CA$ 1 million payout known as MaxMillions prizes.

For each MaxMillions draw, 7 numbers are drawn from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. To win a MaxMillions prize, a player must match all 7 lucky drawn numbers. If there is more than one winner, the MaxMillions cash prize is shared among the lucky winners.

Lotto Max with Combination Play

Combo Play allows players to play combinations of numbers on the following games:

Lotto Max

Lotto 6/49

Daily Grand

Western 649

Western Max

You can choose your own lucky numbers or use Combo Play Quick Pick. Combo Play also allows you to participate in up to 10 draws in advance.

With a Combo Play ticket, you win the same prizes as the regular game but because you have multiple game selections, you stand the chance of winning multiple prizes.

The way Combo Play works is you play the same way as if you have a single ticket but the lottery terminal adds two Quick Pick combinations to your ticket.

If you play ENCORE with Combo Play, you or the terminal adds one extra number for a chance to win the CS$250 000 top prize or CA$ second prize.

You can play 8- and 9-number Combination Plays. Each Combination Play is eligible for both the Lotto Max main draw and MaxMillions draws when they are held.

The cost of Lotto Max with Combination Plays is:

8-number Combination Play = CA$ 40 per draw

9-number Combination Play = CA$ 180 per draw

To play Lotto Max Combination Play, select 8 or 9 numbers (depending on what you want to spend) from a pool of 1 to 50 numbers. Place a mark in the appropriate boxes or leave it up to Quick Pick to randomly generate the numbers for you.
Lotto Max with Advance Play
To participate in more than one Lotto Max draw, mark the number of draws you want to participate in using the Advance Play box. This feature allows you to play the same lucky numbers for up to 25 consecutive draws.
You can use Advance Play to play up to 25 draws on the following games:

Lotto Max

Lotto 6/49

Daily Grand

Western 649

Western Max

Pick 2

Pick 3

Pick 4

Combo Play

Note: The maximum amount the lottery terminal can process in a single transaction is CA$ 1 000.

Lotto Max with ENCORE

For only CA$ 1, ENCORE offers you a chance to win CA$ 1 million. ENCORE gives you the chance to win the CA$250 000 top prize or CA$100 000 second prize on the Friday draw.

When you fill in a betslip for Lotto Max, ask the cashier where you buy your ticket to include ENCORE on Quick Picks. Otherwise, mark how many times you want to play ENCORE yourself. You can play it up to 10 times.

When you play Advance Play to multiply the number of times you participate in Lotto Max draws; you play ENCORE and your main game for each of the games’ draws.

You win with ENCORE by matching the drawn number between 1 and 10. You need to match the numbers drawn in order from left to right or right to left.

How much is the Lotto Max jackpot?

The minimum advertised (starting) jackpot for Lotto Max is CA$ 10 million. The jackpot rolls over to the next draw if no-one matches all 7 drawn numbers. The main jackpot is capped at CA$ 70 million.

When the Lotto Max jackpot reaches CA$ 50 million, additional drawings are held back and allocated for MaxMillions prizes which are CA$ 1 million each. And this is why the lottery is called Lotto Max because the game offers maximum chances to win big cash prizes with the MaxMillion prizes.

What are MaxMillions prizes?

The minimum advertised jackpot for Lotto Max is CA$ 10 million. This is the starting jackpot. The jackpot rolls over to the next draw if there is no jackpot winner but only up to CA$ 50 million. Thereafter, additional drawings are held for secondary MaxMillions prizes, each worth CA$ 1 million.

If a MaxMillions prize is not won, the CA$ 1 million is rolled over to the next draw or to the next series of draws. If some lucky player wins the Lotto Max jackpot but the MaxMillions prizes have not been won by anyone, the prize money is used to top up the starting jackpot.

MaxMillions cash prizes are paid out in a lump sum and are not taxed.

How many prize divisions does Canada Lotto Max offer?

There are 9 ways to win cash prizes betting on Canada Lotto Max. The odds of winning any cash prize with a three-set ticket is 1 in 7 per CA$ 5 play.
Numbers matchedPrize allocation
Odds of winning per CA$ 5 play
7 out of 7 matched numbers
87.25% of the pools fund
1 in 33 294 800
6 out of 7 plus bonus number
2.5% of the pools fund
1 in 4 756 400
6 out of 7 matched numbers
2.5% of the pools fund
1 in 113 248
5 out of 7 plus bonus number
1.5% of the pools fund
1 in 37 749
5 out of 7 matched numbers
3.5% of the pools fund
1 in 1 841
4 out of 7 plus bonus number
2.75% of the pools fund
1 in 1 105
4 out of 7 matched numbers
1 in 82.9
3 out of 7 plus bonus number
1 in 82.9
3 out of 7 matched numbers
Free play
1 in 8.5

How to claim a Lotto Max prize

Firstly, make sure you have signed the back of your ticket and completed the Claim Form on the back of the ticket.

Prizes can be claimed at a lottery retail outlet or by mail. Lotto Max prizes expire 12 months after the date of the draw.

Prizes up to CA$ 100

Prizes up to $100 are automatically validated when scanned by a lottery terminal, and retailers are required to pay these prizes, or to make arrangements to do so.

Prizes from CA$ 101 to CA$ 1 000

Ask the retailer if they have available cash to pay your prize. Lottery retailers are not obligated to pay prizes over $100. If a ticket wins $100.01 or more, the retailer can cancel the validation, and direct you to claim your prize at another retailer or by mail.*

Prizes from $1 001 to $9 999

Call 1-800-665-3313 for instructions.

Prizes $10 000 and over

Call 1-800-665-3313 for instructions.

Please note
Stores or franchises may choose not to redeem prizes of over $100 for various reasons. This includes not wanting to keep large amounts of cash on their premises. Lottery retailers are independent businesses and are entitled to make such decisions.
Prizes can be claimed by mailing your ticket(s) to: Western Canada Lottery Corporation Prize Payout 10th Floor, 125 Garry Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J1
Are Canada Lotto Max winnings taxed in South Africa?
Lottery prize winnings are not taxed in South Africa. Any money you win by betting on a lottery is considered capital in nature and is exempt from Income Tax. In addition, lottery prizes benefit from a special exemption from Capital Gains Tax which means no tax is payable on lottery winnings of any size. Lottery prize payouts are not taxed in Canada.
Lotto Max was launched in Canada in 2009. It is one of three national lotteries in the country and is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC). The organisation represents 5 regional commissions. In November 2018, the ILC announced it had made changes to Lotto Max which came into effect in May 2019. This included increasing the field of numbers to 50, increasing the jackpot cap to CA$ 70 million and introducing two new lower-tier prize divisions. Since May 2019, Lotto Max has used a random number generator for its draws. In the past it used lottery machines. A random number generator (RNG) is a technology device that generates a sequence of numbers that cannot be reasonably predicted better than by a random chance.
Canada Lotto Max offers many different draw games and scratch-off games and multiple ways to win big cash prizes. Let’s look at the popular draw games and what odds they offer players. +
GameOdds of winningPrize winning estimate
Canada Lotto Max
1 in 3.2 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 1.5 million)
Uncapped jackpot
US Powerball
1 in 292 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Uncapped jackpot
Mega Millions
1 in 302.5 million
Match 6 numbers
Jackpot (starts at US$ 40 million)
Uncapped jackpot
Canada Lotto Max is a game of chance and there is no accurate way to predict the numbers that will be drawn each day. However, you can increase your chance of winning a lottery payout by being in the game more often.
You can do this in 4 ways:

Participate in multiple draws so you’re always in the game.

Start a lottery pool in the office or with family and friends so you can pool your money. This allows you to purchase more tickets more often and increases your chance of winning great cash prizes betting on the USA Powerball.

Join a lottery syndicate where tickets are bought in bulk. A syndicate has increased buying power and players participate in more draws more often when in a syndicate. It’s estimated that one in every 4 lottery jackpots is won in the UK by a lottery syndicate.

Remember to check your daily ticket. It’s amazing how many lottery winnings are not claimed by players. Always write your name and number on the back of your ticket in case you lose it.

When Lotto Max was launched in 2009, it attracted higher revenue in its first 10 months of operation than Super 7 did in its best year of sales. The reason why Lotto Max is so popular is largely due to the size of its total prize pools. These often get as big as the major lotteries in the United States.

There is also a perception that the MaxMillions prizes has increased players chance of winning a big payout.
Other changes have been implemented which adds to the appeal of Lotto Max. This includes adding an extra draw on Tuesday, increasing the jackpot cap, increasing the number field and adding two additional prize divisions.

There are many myths that circulate online that create the impression that players can elude the odds and win big cash prizes betting on lotteries such as the Canada Lotto Max. Don’t be fooled by these myths and use common sense when betting on any lottery.

Here are 10 common lottery myths:

Myth 1: You stand a better chance of winning the lottery if you use Quick Pick

The lottery system draws numbers using a random algorithm and numbers picked manually or using Quick Pick have an equal chance of being drawn. There is no proof that Quick Pick creates more winners. Quick Pick is convenient and saves you from having to come up with your own numbers all the time.

Myth 2: Every number combination has the same probability

The thinking is that when you combine numbers, the probability changes and the probability of your number combination depends on its structure. Some combinations will appear more often than others and some combinations are not likely to appear.

Myth 3: You can pick winning numbers by studying past lottery results

The lottery does not work on individual numbers. You have to pick 5 or 6 correct numbers to win a cash prize. The thinking is if you look at combination patterns rather than individual numbers and you use mathematics with binomial coefficients and a detailed probability analysis, it is possible to determine winning number combinations.

Myth 4: You cannot predict winning numbers on a lottery game

The thinking is that you can tell how a pattern performs in a given number of draws by multiplying probability by the number of draws to get the estimation.

Myth 5: Picking hot numbers gives you a better chance of winning

This is where players pick the most common numbers that have occurred in the past 100 draws. According to the probability theory, every number has an equal chance of being drawn but if a single number appears at a higher frequency, then the other numbers will occur more or less in the same frequency over a large number of trials.

Myth 6: The best time to play the lottery is when the jackpot is big

Actually, this is the ‘worst time’ to play the lottery because big jackpots attract substantially more lottery players. There’s a good chance that if you win a big payout on a lottery with a big jackpot, you will have to share it with other lucky winning players.

Myth 7: Number 13 is an unlucky number

This is an ‘old-wives’ tale because there are no unlucky or unlucky numbers. All numbers have the same theoretical probability of being drawn.

Myth 8: Prime numbers are drawn more often

Again, the argument is to look at number combinations rather than individual numbers. What is known is that playing all-odd numbers or all-even numbers reduces your chance of winning a lottery payout because numbers like this in a combination rarely occur.

Myth 9: It’s not a good idea to use dates for special occasions

Lottery experts tell you not to use numbers that are dates for birthdays, anniversaries or your children’s ages because they are poor numbers. It’s not because they’re poor numbers but because they’re likely to be used by many other people. This means that a jackpot payout will be shared with many players.

Myth 10: Select numbers using a visual pattern

The only reason you would pick numbers on a board using a pattern such as a zig-zag or up-down-sideways pattern is if you’ve run out of inspiration to manually pick your own numbers. In this case, use the QuickPick option and the machine will randomly generate numbers for you.


The odds of winning the Lotto Max jackpot is over 1 in 33 million per CA$ 5 play.

However, there are 8 other prize divisions and more ways to win cash prizes betting on Lotto Max.

Numbers matchedOdds of winning per CA$ 5 play
7 out of 7 matched numbers
1 in 33 294 800
6 out of 7 plus bonus number
1 in 4 756 400
6 out of 7 matched numbers
1 in 113 248
5 out of 7 plus bonus number
1 in 37 749
5 out of 7 matched numbers
1 in 1 841
4 out of 7 plus bonus number
1 in 1 105
4 out of 7 matched numbers
1 in 82.9
3 out of 7 plus bonus number
1 in 82.9
3 out of 7 matched numbers
1 in 8.5
The odds of winning MaxMillions prizes matching 7 of the 7 drawn numbers is 1 in 28 633 528. The odds of winning any cash prize betting on Lotto Max is 1 in 7. All odds are approximate.

Canada Lotto Max is not a scam and is a legal lottery offered by legitimate lottery organisations in the participating countries in the Caribbean and Paraguay. These lottery enterprises are regulated by federal state laws and you can play Canada Lotto Max with the confidence that the big jackpot payout and cash winnings from the prize tiers are guaranteed.

On a general note, don’t be taken by any of lottery scam that promises you unexpected prize money for a competition or lottery that you have never entered.

Operators of state lotteries such as Canada Lotto Max will never contact you directly to notify you of a prize you have won. If you receive a message or phone call telling you that you’ve won a prize, it is a scam. Never give out your personal and identity details if requested and never pay a fee to receive a so-called cash prize.

How lottery scams work

Someone contacts you either by email, text message or phone to say you have won a lot of money on a competition using your name and details from something like a promotion or research survey. You are requested to pay a fee to claim your prize which is to cover the cost of transferring the money to your account.

You’re also asked to provide your banking details where the money should be paid out. The email or text is always ‘urgent’ and you’re told to respond quickly or risk losing out on the prize money.

The scammers make money from the ‘fee’ you pay them or they use your banking details to take wipe out your bank account.

People do fall for these lottery scams because the scammers are masters at what they do. They usually have obtained your personal information which makes it sound like a legitimate deal. Sometimes, the scammers even send you money as ‘part of your winnings’. This cheque will bounce but often only after you have given them more information and money they ask for.

Warning signs of a lottery scam

You receive correspondence via email, text or phone to say you’ve won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition but you never bought a ticket or entered the competition.

The scammer claims you are a winner using personal email and social media information that makes it look genuine.

To claim your prize, the scammers ask you to buy pay a fee or tax on the prize money.

You’re asked to provide personal details such as your ID and contact details such as a postal address as well as banking details for the electronic transfer.

What to do if you are approached by a lottery scammer

Ignore anything that is suspicious. Do not even reply to a message saying you’ve won a large cash prize or even something like a fancy holiday, electronic goods or gifts.

Never pay a fee to win a prize. Ithuba National Lottery does not charge a fee for any prize-winning transaction and the only way they can access your banking details is from the authorised Prize Claim Form that you are required to complete.

Don’t trust anyone who asks you to send them money or give your credit card, banking details or copies of personal information in exchange for prize money.

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Lotto Max is one of three national lotteries in Canada. The other two are Lotto 6/49 and the Daily Grand. There are several regional lotteries in Canada which are governed by regional corporations and revenue is shared according to the proportion of ticket sales.

Lotto Max has always been popular but recent changes have added to its appeal. This includes increasing the jackpot cap from CA$ 50 million to CA$ 70 million, increasing the number field from 49 to 50, adding an extra draw night on Tuesday and adding two extra lower-tier prize divisions.

There are multiple ways to improve your chances of winning with Lotto Max and these make the games more competitive and exciting. ENCORE gives you the chance to win the CA$250 000 top prize or CA$100 000 second prize on the Friday draw. Advance Play and Combo Play allow you to bet more often and on more games.

The big draw card for Lotto Max is MaxMillions. Individual prizes of a whopping CA$ 1 million each kick in when the jackpot has reached CA$ 50 million. This gives more people more chances to win a big cash prize with Lotto Max.

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