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What are the odds of winning big on Lotto Max?

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With Friday’s Lotto Max draw being one of the largest in the game’s history, what are the odds of winning big?

There will be an estimated $126 million in top prizing up for grabs Friday, marking the third-largest Lotto Max draw ever.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) said there will be a $70 million jackpot and an estimated 56 separate $1-million Maxmillion prizes.

The amount of top prizing has continued to grow in recent weeks with the jackpot remaining unclaimed since August.

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According to the OLG website, there is an approximate 1 in 33,294,800 chance of hitting the jackpot (or 87.25 per cent of the pools fund) for each $5 play.

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The same applies to the Maxmillion draws, as ticket holders must match 7/7 numbers to win a prize. Of course, when there are more Maxmillion draws, there are more opportunities — albeit slim — to win a $1 million prize.

You have an approximate 1 in 4,756,400 chance of getting 6/7 numbers plus the bonus for each play, which gets you access to 2.5 per cent of the pools fund.

There’s around a 1 in 113,248 chance of getting 6/7 numbers, which has a prize payout of 2.5 per cent of the pools fund, and a 1 in 37,749 chance of hitting 5/7 numbers plus the bonus, which gets 1.5 per cent of the pools fund, the OLG website says.

There’s an approximate 1 in 1,841 chance of matching 5/7 numbers, which has a prize payout of 3.5 per cent of the pools fund, and a 1 in 1,105 chance of matching four out of seven numbers plus the bonus, which gets 2.75 per cent of the pool.

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When there is more than one winner in each category, ticket holders share the winnings, the OLG notes.

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You can also win $20 by matching 4/7 numbers or 3/7 plus the bonus. There is around a 1 in 82.9 chance of that happening for each play.

There’s around a 1 in 8.5 chance of winning a free play by matching 3/7 numbers.

Overall, the odds of winning any prize is 1 in 7, the OLG said.

The OLG noted that 48 per cent of Lotto Max sales are allocated to the prize fund, which first is paid out to ticket holders who win $20 or a free play. The remaining balance is then dedicated to the pools fund.

Any amount not won is added to the 7/7 category for the following draw, the OLG said.

Lotto Max draws happen on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each play costs $5 which gets three separate lines.

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