LOTTO MAX Jackpot Hits $40 Million for Fourth Time

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TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - The temperature is on the rise and so is the LOTTO MAX jackpot: this Friday night's draw sits at an estimated $40 million, for the fourth time since the game launched in September 2009.

"One of the best parts of our job is seeing the jackpots roll to these high levels and the opportunities it creates for people to win big," said Wendy Montgomery, Vice-President of Lottery Marketing at Ontario Lottery and Gaming. "There's nothing we like better than presenting a big LOTTO MAX cheque and hopefully we will be doing that after Friday night's draw."

How big is $40 million? To put it in perspective, Ontario Lottery and Gaming has done the math:

    
    -   A line of 40 million loonies, placed edge to edge, would stretch
        1,060 km - the distance between Windsor, Ontario all the way up to
        Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

    -   40 million loonies, stacked one on top of the other, would be 7 km
        high - the height of 12.5 CN Towers

    -   Melted down, 40 million loonies would weigh 280,000 kg (or 617,000
        lbs), which is the same weight as 154 mid-sized cars
    

Ontario's most recent LOTTO MAX jackpot winner is Donald Macdonald who won $10 million in the March 13, 2010 draw.

Since its launch in September 2009, LOTTO MAX players in Ontario have won just under $120 million in prizes, including three jackpot wins.

Players can purchase tickets at authorized OLG retailers until 9 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010.

For each $5 play, LOTTO MAX players receive three sets of seven numbers ranging from one to forty-nine. ENCORE is also available on LOTTO MAX for $1.

Group players should always identify each group member with a signature on group play forms to confirm their contribution. Helpful Group Play forms are available at www.OLG.ca.

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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SOURCE OLG Winners

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