Record $128,000,000 in Lotto Max prizes still available after no winner for $70,000,000 jackpot

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Record $128,000,000 in Lotto Max prizes still available after no winner for $70,000,000 jackpot
Lotto Max jackpot worth $70 million. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Lotto Max jackpot worth $70 million. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Another week has passed and there is still no winner for the $70 million Lotto Max jackpot, now with a record $128 million in prizing available, including an estimated 58 Maxmillions prizes valued at $1 million each.

Players can purchase tickets until 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the draw that evening.

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.

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

While the jackpot wasn't won last week, 20 Maxmillions prizes were won across Canada in Friday's draw including 13 in Ontario.

These include two $1 million winning tickets sold in Whitby, two in Dufferin County, one in London, one in North York, one in Brampton and one more ticket purchased on OLG.ca. 

There were also $500,000 shared prize tickets sold Guelph and York Region, and $333,333 shared Maxmillions prizes with tickets sold in Sudbury, Simcoe County and a ticket purchased on the OLG website.

Four Lotto Max second-prize winning tickets worth $229,173.70 were sold in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

There were five Encore prizes including one $1 million prize sold in Stoney Creek, and $100,000 prize won with tickets sold in Woodbridge, Elgin County and Oxford County.

What do people do after they buy lottery tickets?

A customer survey from OLG found that Quick Pick is the most popular way to play the lottery, with only 19 per cent of players selecting their own numbers.

Five per cent of people have a "secret hiding place" for their tickets, while most players in Ontario keep their tickets in their wallet.

OLG recommends that players sign their tickets as soon as they are purchased, with 33 per cent of players following that advice.

The Ontario lottery corporation also found that five per cent of lottery players kiss their ticket before tucking it away until the draw.

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.

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.

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