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Lotto Max Prizes

There are nine chances to win in each standard Lotto Max draw. Prizes start as low as winning a free play for matching three balls, and reach as high as a multi-million dollar jackpot for matching all seven main numbers drawn.

The minimum Lotto Max jackpot is $10 million, and this jackpot will be carried over to the next draw if it is not won. That is how the jackpot can run into the tens of millions, and if it is not won before it reaches $50 million, the additional MaxMillions game will come into play, giving players even more chances of winning.

The table below shows the odds of winning and the percentage of the Pools Fund allocated to each prize category. The fixed $20 prizes are paid out first, using money from the fund, before the remaining money is split according to the percentages in the table.

Lotto Max Odds and Prizes
Matches Prize Pool % Odds of Winning
7/7 87.25% 1 in 33,294,800
6/7 + Bonus 2.50% 1 in 4,756,400
6/7 2.50% 1 in 113,248
5/7 + Bonus 1.50% 1 in 37,749
5/7 3.50% 1 in 1,841
4/7 + Bonus 2.75% 1 in 1,105
4/7 $20 1 in 82.9
3/7 + Bonus $20 1 in 82.9
3/7 Free Play 1 in 8.5

Overall, players have a 1 in 7 chance of winning a Lotto Max prize in every standard draw.

The prize pool on Lotto Max and MaxMillions is pari-mutuel, which means it changes depending on how many tickets are sold and how many winners there are in each tier. The number of MaxMillions prizes on offer also depends on the volume of ticket sales once the Lotto Max jackpot reaches the $50 million threshold.

MaxMillions Prizes

The odds of winning a prize on MaxMillions are also 1 in 33,294,800, as the player is required to match all seven numbers from a pool of 50, just the same as if they were winning the Lotto Max jackpot. There are no further prizes available for matching fewer than all seven numbers. If more than one player matches all seven numbers, the $1 million prize will be shared amongst each of them.

The MaxMillions prize fund is pari-mutuel, and the number of prizes on offer will depend on ticket sales, and how far above $50 million the total jackpot prize pool is. For example, if the normal Lotto Max prize pool is $60 million, there will be a $50 million Lotto Max jackpot and ten individual MaxMillions prizes of $1 million. In cases where the prize pool is not rounded up to a million, the additional funds will be added to the secondary prize tier instead.

If MaxMillions prizes are not won, the money will be carried over to the following draw.

Lotto Max offers nine prize tiers including a jackpot of up to $70 million. Check your odds of winning and find out when MaxMillion prizes become available.


We’ve all imagined a lottery win. It could be the chance of a lifetime to win a massive jackpot by matching a set of numbers to those drawn.

What’s it all about? The luck of the draw.

The Object of the Game

To win a draw-based lottery, the numbers you pick must match some of the numbers drawn. When you buy your ticket, select a set of numbers, or a “line”. A line can be a set of five to seven numbers, ranging from 1 to 45, or 1 to 50, depending on the game.

The more numbers on one line you match to the draw numbers, the more you could win.
To win the jackpot, all your numbers must match the numbers drawn.

Breaking Down a Lottery Ticket

Here’s what you need to know about the ticket for the games you choose to play.

A. The Game: This is the spot on the ticket that tells you which of the draw-based lottery games it’s for. Learn more about each game here.
B. The Draw: When’s the draw? This will show the date.
C. The Price: How much is the ticket? This will show the price.

D. The Line: This section is your “line” of numbers. Pick them yourself or let the lottery terminal generate random numbers for you.

However you pick your numbers, they all have an equal chance of winning.

E. Encore. This section of the ticket shows 2 things:
1) If you added Encore to your purchase, it will say, “Encore Played”
2) Your separate set of Encore numbers for the Encore draw. Learn more about Encore here.

F. Ticket number

G. Signature line: In order to claim a prize, you must sign your ticket

H. Barcode: To see if you won, scan the barcode on your ticket using the ticket checker at a participating retailer; ask the retailer to scan the barcode at a lottery terminal; or use the OLG Lottery App. Learn more here.

How to Play in 5 Easy Steps

Set a budget: Playing the lottery is gambling, so keep it fun by treating it as part of your entertainment budget.

Choose your lottery: There are 5 exciting draw-based games you can try.

Pick your numbers: Since it’s all by chance, enjoy picking your numbers or seeing what the lottery terminal generates.

Check your numbers: You can see if you’ve won, at retail, online at, or using the Lottery App.

If you are a winner, claim your prize: Be sure to visit a retailer before your prize expires in 12 months from the date of the draw.

1. Set a Budget

The lottery is a game that’s fun to play. It’s also a form of gambling. Treat it as part of your entertainment budget, like cash you’d spend on a movie or snack.

Plan how much you’re willing to spend in advance and set a budget. It isn’t an investment that’s guaranteed to show a return, so just enjoy it.

2. Choose Your Lottery

Here are five draw-based lottery games, with a variety of exciting features. Choose your favourites.

3. How to Pick Lottery Numbers

There are two ways to pick numbers: Quick Pick and to choose your own. Learn more about these easy ways to play here. Whichever way you choose, when there are multiple lines, the random number generator picks the next set of numbers for you.

Quick Pick:

A fast and easy way to play. Just ask a participating retailer for a Quick Pick and the lottery terminal’s random number generator chooses the lottery numbers for you.

Pick Your Own:

You choose the numbers you want to play. Simply fill out the selection slip at a participating retailer.

Whether you play with Quick Pick or pick your own numbers, the odds of winning stay the same.

The selection slip:

You choose your numbers on a paper selection slip provided at participating retailers. Simply select the required amount of numbers for each play in the game you’re playing. The slip has “boards” to fill in to complete your play; one board determines your line.

Once it’s completed, give your selection slip to a participating retailer and your ticket will be printed.

4. How To Check Your Numbers

Don’t miss out! Be sure to double-check your ticket to see if it’s a winner. There are four ways to check:

  • Scan the barcode on the ticket using the ticket checker at a participating OLG retailer
  • Ask a participating retailer to scan the barcode on the ticket using the lottery terminal
  • Scan the barcode on the ticket using the OLG Lottery App
  • View winning numbers by game at

With all lotteries, the matching numbers must be on the same line in order to win, not across multiple lines.

5. How to Claim Your Prize

Visit a participating OLG retailer to validate your winning ticket and claim any prize up to $999.90.

For more information about claiming prizes, visit

There’s an expiry date on prizes, so visit a retailer within 12 months of the draw date.

Lottery Draws

Draw-based lotteries use either a random ball-drop or random number generator for an exciting reveal of the winning numbers for LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, DAILY GRAND, LOTTARIO and ONTARIO 49. Both methods ensure a random result for every draw, and lottery balls are tested regularly for consistency in size and weight to keep it that way.

Watch the draws on their specific game pages on the OLG lottery website.


Most lottery jackpots are progressive, which means jackpots that are not won roll over between successive draws and get larger. LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTARIO are examples of lotteries that features progressive jackpots. These jackpots can be won by multiple winners.

To win a lottery prize , the numbers you pick must match some of the numbers drawn. Learn about different lottery games and how they work with PlaySmart. ]]>