Changes to Lotto Max in 2019

January 2, 2019


People are generally full of positivity as the new year rolls around, and this year, Canadians can also look forward to increased chances of winning the lottery on the Lotto Max. It’s not just whether you win that’s changing though; it’s also how much. Jackpots are increasing as well.

Lotto Max has announced they’re introducing changes to their game starting in 2019. These changes include increasing the maximum jackpot amount and introducing a new weekly draw. That means more chances to win more.

About Lotto Max

Lotto Max is Canada’s biggest lottery and is known to have offered Canadians some of the largest jackpots. Started in 2009, it offered Canadians the chance at a $50 million jackpot, which was the largest jackpot available at the time.

This was increased in 2015 to a $60 million jackpot. And now, with their announced changes, Lotto Max is again giving Canadians a chance at an even larger jackpot. Since it started in 2009, Lotto Max has paid out more than $10 billion in prizes. The new changes are being introduced after an extensive research process that included consulting with players across Canada.

What Has Changed?

There are a few changes coming to Lotto Max in 2019. Not to worry, though; the changes won’t negatively impact your game play. The most exciting change coming is the increased max amount from 60 million up to 70 million. That’s the highest cap for a lottery in Canadian history!

They’ve also added an additional draw date, so you can now expect draws on Tuesdays as well as Fridays. This means you can see your jackpot grow up to twice as quickly as before. In addition, there are two new prize categories – Match 5/7+bonus, and Match 4/7+bonus. Plus, the number selection now goes from 1-50 instead of 1-49.

What’s Stayed the Same?

With all these changes you might be wondering if anything has stayed the same. Yes, Lotto Max is still mostly the same. The rules of play have remained the same and cost to play also remains unchanged at $5 for three sets of seven numbers. Aside from the addition of two new categories, prize categories are also mostly the same. Not to worry, your chance to become a millionaire with MaxMillions will remain the same. MaxMillions draws will still be held when the jackpot reaches $50 million. There’ll also still be weekly draws held every Friday.

When Can You Expect the New Draw Sales?

Sorry folks, you can’t buy tickets for the new game right now in January. You’ll have to wait until May to play. Ticket sales for the higher jackpot will start on Saturday May 11, 2019 while the first draw will take place that Tuesday May 14 and the following draw will occur Friday May 17.

With your chances of winning the lottery increased to twice a week, and with the jackpot able to reach new highs, it’s important to remember what to do in case you do win. If you’ve won the lottery and aren’t sure what to do next, check out our post Advice for Lottery Winners in Canada.

Do you want to learn more about the changes coming to Lotto Max? If you do, be sure to read this in-depth FAQ.

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