Many avid lottery players in Canada have adopted all sorts of superstitious manners and playing styles in an attempt to entreat the lottery gods to their favour.
But, what are the chances of winning the Lotto Max? And are there actually any ways to increase your odds?
Let’s find out!
Lottery Odds Explained
The odds of winning the Lotto Max lottery are just 1 in a staggering 33,294,800.
To put this into perspective though; there is a 1 in a million chance of being struck by lightning in Canada, your odds of winning an Olympic medal are 1 in 662,000, and your odds of being killed by a meteorite impact vary but are usually pinned at 1 in 250,000.
That’s right folks, you stand a greater chance of being killed by an object from outer space – than winning the lottery, but don’t let that stop you, the last jackpot won was an eye-watering $70 million.
Lotto Max Statistics
Which lottery has the best odds in Canada?
Well, that would be Lotto 6/49 which is known as Canada’s favourite lottery. It offers a starting jackpot of $5 million which can potentially roll over indefinitely until it s eventually won. Each ticket costs just $3, and this includes a unique 10-digit code that’s valid for a $1 million guaranteed prize draw.
What are the Lotto Max Rules to win?
Each set of 7 numbers could win the jackpot for the respective draw you’re playing in. You will need to match all seven of your numbers to either the 7 numbers drawn for the Lotto Max Jackpot or the MAXMILLIONS jackpot and when that happens – don’t tell the neighbours, because you’ve won.
The jackpot will be carried over to the next draw until it is won.
Now let’s take a look at the Lotto Max prize breakdown:
|7/7||87.25% of Pools Fund**|
|6/7 + Bonus||2.5% of Pools Fund**|
|6/7||2.5% of Pools Fund**|
|5/7 + Bonus||1.5% of Pools Fund**|
|5/7||3.5% of Pools Fund**|
* Note that the Lotto Max prizes are shared among all eligible ticket holders.
*Numbers are subject to changes, due to fluctuations of the pools fund.
Why is the Winning Lottery Ticket Always Drawn from Ontario?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions about the Lotto Max and it appears that there is a pretty valid reason for that.
The reason why the Lotto Max payout is more common in certain provinces is purely one of mathematics, i.e. the percentage of sales that occur in those regions.
In Ontario and Quebec for example, these two regions represent more than half of the total sales on Lotto Max and also, 6/49, which is why they always seem to rake in the top prizes
Data collection methods vary, but looking at the age of respondents to surveys and actual wins, it looks like the national average age of lottery winners is around 54. In terms of sex, 60% of the winners are men and as far as provinces are concerned, Ontario and Quebec claim the most winners.
Can you Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery?
How to win the Lotto Max? Is it possible to cheat your way into grabbing one of the LottoMax prizes? Let’s talk lotto strategies!
Choose a Wide Range of Available Numbers
Most people play a combination of important or memorable dates like birthdays or wedding dates. But picking ‘lucky’ numbers limits your ability to win because most lotteries include higher numbers in their selection pools.
Don’t Follow Patterns
A good tip would be to always pick different numbers. Lotteries pull from a wide range of numbers, right? So trying to outsmart the system by playing a pattern is reducing your ‘pool of selection’.
Yet, some people choose to play the same numbers with each ticket. In theory, your numbers will eventually get picked. You just have to play (and live) long enough, right?
A common strategy is playing past winning numbers. This is still a pattern and we don’t recommend doing it. The chances of the same combination being repeated are practically inexistent, but you’re always welcome to try it and see if it brings you any luck.
Bringing it All Together
We hope to have given you some useful information regarding the Lotto Max odds.
Now that you know what are the chances of winning the Lotto Max, all that is left for you is to go buy yourself a ticket and start plotting your way to the grand prize!
Hot numbers which are drawn the most times in the past include 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50.
In theory, perhaps – but your odds don’t change much, sorry.
The Lotto Max Jackpot currently starts at a guaranteed $10 million and rolls over indefinitely until it’s won.