Still no Lotto Max winner: Record $120,000,000 up for grabs in Friday's draw in Canada

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Still no Lotto Max winner: Record $120,000,000 up for grabs in Friday's draw in Canada
Record $120,000,000 up for grabs in Friday's Lotto Max draw in Canada
Record $120,000,000 up for grabs in Friday's Lotto Max draw in Canada.

Lotto Max prizes continue to grow after there was no winning jackpot ticket in Tuesday's draw, increasing the prize pool for Friday's draw to a record $120 million.

This includes the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot, the cap for the game's top prize, and an estimated 50 Maxmillions prizes, each valued at $1 million.

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 11, 2021 for the draw that evening.

What prizes were won in Tuesday's Lotto Max draw?

While the jackpot wasn't won on Tuesday, 23 Maxmillions prizes were won across Canada, including 14 winning tickets in Ontario

These include three $1 million winning tickets sold in Mississauga, two in Burlington, one in Chatham-Kent, one in London. There were also $500,000 winning tickets sold in Ottawa, the Renfrew area, Toronto, Unionville, Brampton and Kingston.

Two Lotto Max second-prize winning tickets worth $613,729 each were also sold in Windsor and York Region.

There were four Encore prizes worth $100,000 each sold in the Prince Edward-Hastings area, Nepean, Ottawa and the Manitoulin area.

The winning numbers for the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot on Tuesday were 01, 09, 14, 24, 26, 37 and 42, with 29 being the bonus number. Please see here for a full list of Maxmillions winning numbers.

How do Maxmillions prizes work?

OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti explained that when Lotto Max was 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.

What do most people want to do if they win the lottery?

While many people dream of the day they win a massive lottery jackpot, a survey from OLG found that 40 per cent of Ontarians say they "dream of being financially stress free."

A win could certainly afford someone a new house or car, but 39 per cent of people in Ontario would rather spend their money on experiences with family and friends, when it is safe to do so, and 24 per cent want to help family and friends financially.

If money was no object, individuals who participated in this survey said they would splurge on a personal chef (38 per cent), a personal trainer (16 per cent), a personal massage therapist (16 per cent), a personal driver (14 per cent).

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Self-exclusion programs in Canada: Effective tools to stop gambling

If you're looking to take a break from gambling, you can consider a voluntary self-exclusion program. Please see here for resources that are available across Canada with different lottery organizations. 

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