By Todd Northrop
New Year's Eve might be a lucky night for Lotto Max players across Canada.
Since no winning tickets were sold for the $50 million jackpot in last week's Christmas Eve draw, lottery players are getting another chance tonight at the $50 million jackpot, with an additional estimated 18 MaxMillions $1 million prizes.
"Talk about starting 2011 off with a bang! This would be a great way to begin the New Year for Lotto Max players because there are lots of additional $1 million prizes up for grabs, on top of the big jackpot," said Wendy Montgomery, Vice President of Lottery Marketing and Sales for the Ontario Lottery.
When a Lotto Max jackpot reaches $50 million, instead of the main jackpot continuing to grow, MaxMillions bonus draws are added — an additional $1 million MaxMillions bonus draw for each $1 million that would traditionally be added to the jackpot.
For tonight's New Year's Eve drawing, the Canadian lotteries are estimating that 18 MaxMillions bonus draws will be conducted, in addition to the $50 million main jackpot drawing. The actual number of MaxMillions bonus draws will depend on the exact number of tickets sold prior to the close of ticket sales tonight.
If multiple tickets match a MaxMillions bonus draw numbers, the matching tickets will split the $1 million prize.
If no ticket matches the numbers drawn for the main jackpot drawing, the $50 million jackpot will carry-over into next week's drawing, and even more MaxMillions bonus draws will be added.
All of the drawing results — including both the main jackpot draw and the MaxMillions draws — are published on Lottery Post's Canada Multi-Province Lottery Results page, as well as on each of the individual Canada lottery results pages (Atlantic, British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, and Western Canada).
Lotto Max tickets cost $5. Each ticket contains three sets of seven numbers ranging from 1 to 49. Players can either choose their own numbers or have the computer pick random numbers for the first set of numbers, and the second two sets of numbers are selected randomly by the lottery terminal.