Canada's Second Largest Lottery Payout This Friday

LOTTO MAX Jackpot hits $50 million plus 9 additional MAXMILLIONS prizes of $1 million each

TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Canada's second largest lottery payout is here. This Friday's LOTTO MAX draw sits at a $50 million jackpot plus nine additional MAXMILLIONS prizes worth $1 Million each, which is now the second largest prize money offering in Canadian history.

"We're excited for Ontarians buying Lotto Max tickets this week. Now that we are in MAXMILLIONS mode, there are more opportunities to win a large prize with each ticket," said Greg McKenzie, Senior Vice President of Lottery at OLG.

When LOTTO MAX reaches its jackpot cap of $50 million, the draw moves into MAXMILLIONS mode. This means that players have the chance to win the jackpot as well as a number of additional $1 Million prizes. This Friday's draw will include nine separate prizes of $1 million each. Winning a MAXMILLIONS prize is similar to winning the main jackpot - a player must match all seven winning numbers drawn for that prize.

"If no-one wins the jackpot this week, there is the potential that we will move to a record prize money offering exceeding $60 Million next week," said McKenzie.

The previous top $50 Million jackpot with LOTTO MAX was won in November 2009 by a Manitoba couple. With this draw, LOTTO MAX is offering more top-prize money than the October 2005 record LOTTO 6/49 jackpot of $54.3 million.

LOTTO MAX can be played at OLG retail locations across the province.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $28 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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