Montreal

Lotto Max jackpot nears $60M mark

Tuesday's Lotto Max draw is going to be worth about $59 million — a jackpot of $55 million and four lots of one million dollars. But don't count your chickens before they hatch as the odds of winning are about one out of 33,294,800.

Odds of winning are about 1 out of 33,294,800

Last month, a group prize of $50 million was won by 20 people who purchased a ticket in Brossard. (Canadian Press)

Tuesday's Lotto Max draw will be worth about $59 million — a jackpot of $55 million and four lots of one million dollars each.

The Lotto Max formula has changed since May 14, so there are now two draws a week.

While the maximum amount has been revised upwards to a potential $70 million, the chance of winning the jackpot has gone from one out of 28,633,528 to one out of 33,294,800.

About 20 per cent of Lotto Max tickets are sold in Quebec, half as much as in Ontario. Yet Quebecers have been the big winners since 2016.

A South Shore couple won $26 million last February.

A group prize, totalling $60 million, was also won in June 2018 by 10 people in Drummondville, Que.

More recently, on May 3, 20 people participated in a group purchase and won the $50 million jackpot. The split meant each person took home $2.5 million.

The winners, mostly retirees, had bought the ticket at a kiosk in Brossard's Champlain Mall.

That kiosk is managed by a non-profit organization, the Quebec Epilepsy Association, which received $500,000 — 1 per cent of the jackpot.

Last month, Loto-Québec said four winning tickets — each worth $1 million — have yet to be claimed. They come with a 12-month expiration date.

The tickets were purchased in Montreal, Terrebonne, Longueuil and the Brome-Missisquoi area.

Back in October, a Montreal man nearly missed the 12-month deadline.

He was cleaning out his wardrobe and preparing clothes for donation when he found a forgotten lottery ticket in an old jacket — a ticket worth $1.75 million. 

Gregorio De Santis turned in his winning ticket just two months shy of the expiration date.

With files from La Presse canadienne

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