Lottery gaming is becoming more and more popular among Canadians, especially more so now that the highly popular Lotto MAX has seen an increase in its cap. This Tuesday comes with a record-breaking main prize that reaches CA$65 million.
For the first time ever, someone in Canada will have the chance to bag this fortune with a single lottery ticket purchase amounting to CA$5. The two weekly draws give more opportunities for winning big. When it comes to lottery offerings, players are often drawn to those games featuring the highest prizes and the most attractive tickets.
Scratch tickets rely on bright colors and original ideas that easily draw attention in the sea of possibilities. In the meantime, traditional lottery games such as Lotto 6/49 and Lotto MAX have a simplistic design, but exciting prizes awaiting their purchasers on a weekly basis.
Lottery Prize Swells Further than Ever Before
Ever since May 14, the lottery game features Canada’s largest ever cap, reaching CA$70 million. This means that the main prize featured in every draw could swell all the way up to CA$70 million, before one fortunate player bags it.
Tuesday’s regular draw is going to feature an estimated jackpot of CA$65 million, marking a new milestone in Canada’s lottery history. Such a figure is special for everyone, as this is the largest jackpot offered by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. Expectations are that the Tuesday and Saturday draws are going to attract quite the crowd of lottery enthusiasts willing to lay their hands on the generous cash prize.
In turn, the increased ticket purchase will result in an even further increase of the Lotto MAX jackpot. Up until now, the record belonged to Lotto 6/49 jackpot that managed to swell to CA$64 million. October 2015 was the memorable month that brought one Ontarian close enough to the jackpot to eventually bag it. Now it is time for another lucky Canadian to become substantially richer in a matter of minutes, as long as the lottery draw lasts.
Worsened Odds Concern Players
Many players expressed their thoughts on the recent changes in the Lotto MAX structure, aiming to bring a breath of fresh air to the game and improve the chances of winning big. The two weekly draws offer more chances of claiming the jackpot, which is a step in the positive direction, but in the meantime, there are other factors making a change. An additional ball with the number 50 was added to the draw, which essentially worsened the odds of winning the jackpot.
The bigger range of numbers included, the worsened the chances of matching them. This fiftieth number is going to alter the odds of bagging the main prize to 1 in 33,294,800. Up until this moment, the biggest number was 49 and this placed the odds of matching all seven of them at 1 in 28 million. Results of this are already visible, as there are less and less Lotto MAX main prizes won. April 5 saw the last draw bringing someone a CA$55-million Lotto MAX jackpot.
Dwayne Williams from Whitby, Ontario bagged that jackpot. May 14 welcomed players with CA$17-million main prize. Tickets are usually purchased at the special retail locations sprinkled across the provinces, but there are risks present there too. British Columbia Lottery Corporation has been inspecting points of sale for the past three years and monitoring revealed that most of those fail to demand ID, possibly allowing underage players to purchase lottery tickets.