Canada's Lotto Max prizes continue to exceed record levels after no winner was announced for the $70 million lottery jackpot. The jackpot has now grown to $140 million in total, including an estimated 70 Maxmillions prizes valued at $1 million each.
The jackpot and Maxmillions winnings start rolling after someone wins the jackpot. Two tickets back in April shared a $10 million jackpot and it has been growing since then.
Players can purchase tickets until 10:30 p.m. ET Friday, June 18, 2021 for the draw that evening.
According to the BCLC, the odds of winning the main jackpot are one in 33,294,800 per $5 play. Overall odds of winning a price are 1 in 7 per $5 play.
What prizes were won in Tuesday's Lotto Max draw?
While the jackpot wasn't on Tuesday last week, 34 Maxmillions prizes were won across Canada in Tuesday's draw, including 20 in Ontario.
These include two $1 million winning tickets sold in Brampton. There were also $1 million Maxmillions prizes won on tickets sold in Willowdale, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Burlington, Halton Region, Niagara Region, Parry Sound/Nipissing, Kenora/Rainy River and Renfrew County.
There were $500,000 shared prize tickets sold in Simcoe County, York Region, Brantford, Huron County, Mississauga and a ticket purchased on OLG.ca.
Another $333,333 shared Maxmillions prizes were won on tickets sold in Woodbridge and Willowdale.
Two Lotto Max second-prize winning tickets worth $490,426.40 were sold in Burlington.
There were four Encore prizes including one $1 million prize sold in Toronto, and $100,000 prizes won on a ticket sold in the Kawartha Lakes area and two ticket purchased online in Ontario.
How do Maxmillions prizes work?
OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti explained that when Lotto Max was formulated, people not only wanted big jackpots but they wanted more people to win smaller prizes.
"That's kind of our Canadian sensibilities," Bitonti told Yahoo Canada.
Maxmillions prizes are based on sales so the more people who buy tickets for the Lotto Max draw, the more prizes are available.
"We can still shatter the record without knowing it until the sales are closed," Bitonti said.
Maxmillions are based on the randomly generated numbers so it is possible for someone to split a prize if there are multiple tickets sold with the same numbers.
If no one wins the jackpot on Tuesday's draw, the Maxmillions variable keeps growing, while the jackpot remains at $70 million.
"People can win all the Maxmillions, it's never happened before, but again, there is that possibility that it could happen," Bitonti said.
Tools to stop gambling
If you're looking to take a break from gambling, self-exclusion programs can be effective tools. See here for resources that are available across Canada.