Lotto Max draws to increase to twice weekly

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Beginning May 11, Interprovincial Lottery Corp. will be changing the popular Lotto Max lottery to add a second day and increase the jackpot to a maximum of $70 million.

The lottery will be run on Tuesday as well as Friday. Lotto Max is a national lottery.

The regulator of lotteries, which is owned jointly by five provincial lottery corporations, will still require players to match seven numbers, however numbers available to be chosen in the lottery will now included those between 1 and 50. Lotto Max has used the numbers 1 to 49 until now.

The addition of the extra number decreases the odds of winning the jackpot to 1 in 33,294,800. Without the extra number, odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 28 million.

For comparison’s sake, odds of a minor-league hockey player making the National Hockey League are 1 in 4,000. The odds of an average golfer hitting a hole in one are 1 in 12,500. The odds of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 700,000 and the odds of being attacked and killed by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067.

The lottery will still offer secondary prizes for people who match fewer than seven numbers and two new bonus draws have been added. MAXMILLION, $1 million bonus draws, will still be offered once the jackpot reaches $50 million.

Tickets for Lotto Max will still be $5 per play.

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