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First ever $70 million Lotto Max jackpot up for grabs in Canada

One lucky Canadian will win a life-changing amount of money this evening, as a record $70 million is up for grabs in Lotto Max's first draw of 2020. 

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) spokesperson Dita Kuhtey told CP24 it's "the biggest jackpot ever offered in Canadian history."

The main jackpot is capped at $70 million, though it was previously $60 million and the cap was only increased last May

According to the Lotto Max website, "once the main Lotto Max jackpot reaches $50 million, additional $1 million Maxmillions prizes will also be offered... meaning there’s even more millions to be won!"

This means that in addition to the main $70 million jackpot, "your Lotto Max ticket... also gives you a chance to win any of the $1 million Maxmillions Draws on the same date."

Each Lotto Max ticket is $5 and buys three sets of seven numbers in the Canadian lottery.

While the first draw awards the jackpot, the following draws award the 10 Maxmillions winners.

Tickets for the record high jackpot are on sale until 10:30 p.m. tonight. 

Kuhtey told CP24 that 50 per cent of ticket sales usually come from the day of a draw, and 50 per cent of those draw day tickets are usually sold in the afternoon.

This means the OLG is expecting to see significant ticket sales before the draw later tonight. 

Lotto Max winners are awarded their prize in a tax-free lump sum, as with all Canadian lottery jackpot games. 

So if you happen to be feeling lucky, today just might be your day. 

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