November 9, 2018 2:10 pm
Updated: November 9, 2018 9:28 pm

Lotto Max jackpot jumps to $70M, adds another weekly draw day

WATCH: Lotto Max announced its plans on Friday to increase the jackpot cap to $70 million in 2019, and add a second draw date on Tuesdays

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Canadians will soon have a chance to win a bigger lottery jackpot — and twice as often.

Come May 2019, the Lotto Max jackpot cap is increasing to $70 million, up from the current $60 million.

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Also, beginning May 11, 2019, Canadians will be able to play Lotto Max every Tuesday, in addition to the existing Friday draw.

The Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC) said the second draw every week means lottery players will see jackpots grow more quickly than ever before.

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The WCLC also said $1 million Maxmillions prizes will kick in when the main jackpot reaches and exceeds $50 million.

There will also be two new prize categories: match 5/7+bonus, and match 4/7+bonus.

The lottery said the odds of winning the main jackpot will be 1 in 33.3 million per $5 ticket.

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When Lotto Max was introduced in 2009, it offered multiple $50 million jackpots a year. The jackpot cap increased to $60 million in 2015.

Since its launch in 2009, Lotto Max has paid more than $10 billion in prizes.

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