On Tuesday, Canada’s biggest lottery draw in history is up for grabs with an estimated $128 million ready to be issued.
OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti said on Monday, “This is rare.”
“I don’t recall such a run in my recent memory.”
The Lotto Max jackpot on Tuesday night will be $70 million, with an additional 58 Maxmillion prizes on the line.
No one has gotten the jackpot since April 24, indicating the prize has snowballed for seven weeks.
“We started rolling on April 27 draw.”
“The April 24 draw, that was $10 million, and was won by two tickets in Ontario.”
Lotto Max draws occur twice per week and participants must match all seven numbers to secure the jackpot or Maxmillion prizes.
Tickets commence at $5 per play and the draw takes place on Tuesday night.
The previous $70 million winners were a Noelville Ontario couple in February.
“I’ve awarded many 70 million prizes,” Bitonti stated. “It’s always life-changing for these folks.”
“People show me their bank statement and sometimes they have a couple hundred bucks. It’s mind-blowing at that point when they show me their phones and I see it go from something like $1,000 to $70 million.”
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WIN?
The odds of winning the $70 million payout with a single play is 1 in 33.2 million according to the OLG.
Bitonti recommends immediately signing the back of the ticket and contacting OLG if you beat the odds and find yourself with one of Tuesday’s winning tickets.
He claims many individuals take a couple of weeks before claiming their prize to get their affairs in order.
“When we award them the prize they are still in a state of shock.”
“They may have some ideas of what they want to do and it may include buying a new car, house, some travelling. But then we always ask the question, what are you going to do with the other $69 million?”
“Their lives change overnight.”