Canadian Lotto Max fever continues
OTTOWA – As the total prize amount continues to rise after a third week of no-one managing to win the Lotto Max jackpot, more and more people across Canada are buying tickets for the game to win an amazing CA$50 million prize.
Lotto Max is one of the most popular draw games in the country and the jackpot prize has seen ticket sales rise exponentially over the past few weeks. The jackpot has remained at $50million for the past few draws but the number of Maxmillions prizes (CA$1million prizes with a separate draw for each) has risen to an expected 55 for the next drawing. This brings the total prize fund to a whopping CA$105million.
The huge number of Maxmillions prizes means that it is possible for Lotto Max to create 55 millionaires in one night. Thirty of the 45 Maxmillions were won last time out so it is possible that many of the prizes will be given away despite the odds against winning a prize.
Players have been queuing up in droves to purchase a ticket to give them a chance (a one in 28 million chance to be precise) to take home the monster jackpot. Even with the odds stacked against winning anything at all (even with the numerous Maxmillions draws the odds of winning a prize are one in 600,000) ticket sales have risen by nearly 40 per cent from normal levels. In total, last week Lotto Max sales across Canada topped CA$124million.
Still, some people are not getting caught up in the Lotto Max mania, Professor David Thompson told the Vancouver Sun, “I don’t play the lottery. It’s a waste of time and almost anything else you invest in has better odds of making money.”
Ontario Lottery spokesperson, Sarah Kiriliuk responded to Prof. Thompson’s comments by saying, “People wait to see if their numbers are winners and that’s why they play. There’s this excitement that you could be the winner, but first you need a ticket.”
Published: June 24, 2010