Friday’s Lotto Max jackpot of $70 million will be the largest lottery jackpot in Canadian history, eclipsing the $65-million prize that was up for grabs in the June 11, 2019, Lotto Max draw.
In addition to the massive jackpot, there are an estimated 10 million-dollar prizes being offered, meaning there are $80 million in top prizes to be won.
Lotto Max jackpots have grown since changes to the game were made in May of last year, including adding a second weekly draw and adding a number to those drawn, decreasing the odds of winning the big prize.
Prior to May 2019, players chose seven numbers from 1 to 49, which set the odds of winning the jackpot at 1 in 28 million. Last May, lottery officials added a number, meaning players now choose seven numbers from 1 to 50. That extra number made the odds of winning worse — 1 in 33 million.
Lotto Max has two draws per week, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Meanwhile, 2019 was a record-breaking year for lottery winnings in the province.
The BC Lottery Corporation said it paid out $785 million to players last year, including $60 million handed to Joseph Katalinic of Richmond, who won $60 million from the July 26, 2019, Lotto Max draw — the largest single lottery prize ever awarded in B.C.
Other significant 2019 lottery wins in the province:
• Michelle De Roma of Surrey: $39.5 million in Lotto Max;
• Rowena Inyallie and George Munro of Merritt: $25.9 million in Lotto Max;
• Kenneth and Susan Salter of Telkwa: $20 million in Lotto Max;
• Vivienne Mills of Tumbler Ridge: $10.1 million in Lotto 6/49;
• Madelaine and Harold Thomas of Port Alberni: $5 million in Lotto 6/49.
Money raised via BC Lottery Corporation gambling — more than $1 billion in 2019 — is used to fund health care, education and community groups across B.C.