Article published on 13 January 2012

Tonight's Lotto Max Jackpot is $21 Million

$21m Lotto Max Draw Tonight
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Today may be Friday the 13th, but it also may very well be the luckiest day of the year for some Canadian lottery players.

Tonight's Lotto Max estimated jackpot is a cool $21 million, giving players a chance to become multi millionaires in an instant.

There is still time to head on down to Canadian lottery retailers or visit online to purchase Lotto Max tickets for the Friday 13th draw for the $21 million Lotto Max jackpot.

In addition, players can also take advantage of a special rolled out by the BCLC on its Lotto Max Pack purchases.

A Lotto Max Pack can be purchased through any lottery retailer, and $20 buys players four plays (12 selections) of Lotto Max tickets.

From January 3rd until March 4th, 2012, players will be able to receive one free Extra when they buy the Lotto Max Pack, increasing their chances of winning massive amounts of cash.

A Lotto Max extra gives players the chance to win $500,000 and is played together with the Lotto Max. Extras can also be played on other Canadian lotteries such as Lotto 6/49 and BC/49.

Four numbers from one through to 99 are randomly generated and printed on the Lotto Max ticket and the Extra is drawn together with the lottery.

$50 Million Lottery Winners Await Payout

In related Lotto Max news, an Ontario couple who won the Lotto Max December 30th draw jackpot of $50 million will have to wait over a month for their prize.

This is because, according to lottery authorities' rules, winners who have owned or operated a store which sold lottery tickets within the past year have to have their winning ticket reviewed to rule out insider 'wheeling and dealing'.

The winning couple, JoAnn and Gaetan Champagne owned an all-purpose store which sold lottery tickets until October 2011, and JoAnn continued to work in the store part time after it was sold. From the moment they won, the couple have been upfront about their status as former lottery sellers and reported this fact to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

The OLG will review the win and then have the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario scrutinize the case, before the $50 million can be paid out. Should there be no findings of fraud, the money will be held for another 30 days to allow anyone who feels that they have a justified claim on the money to come forward.

"Basically, this is fairly routine for us when it comes to retailers, except there's $50 million on the line," said a spokesman for the OLG, Tony Bitoni.

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