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This week could be the ticket for lucky Lotto Max players
By PHILIP LING, Canwest News Service June 13, 2010
Canadians drawn by the prospect of a life-altering Lotto Max win will have another week to try their luck, with a potential payout this week of nearly $100 million.
For the second week in a row, no one was able to match all seven numbers needed to claim the $50-million main prize Friday night.
The next Lotto Max jackpot on June 18 will remain at the maximum of $50 million, with 45 additional $1-million Maxmillions prizes to be had.
With $95 million up for grabs, the potential payout next week will be the largest-ever pool of lottery prize money offered in Canadian history, eclipsing Friday's $77-million Lotto Max draw. And because the estimated jackpot increases with the number of tickets sold, lottery officials say the number of $1-million draws could climb even higher.
On Friday, officials added an additional seven $1-million prizes to the 20 Maxmillions initially estimated going into the draw. Fifteen of the 27 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million were won.
Lotto Max rises to a maximum of $50 million, and any additional cash above that is awarded in $1-million prizes to lucky winners in separate draws. The odds of winning are pegged at one in 28.6 million per $5 play.