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One full year and unclaimed prizes for winning tickets expire.

BCLC gives one full year from draw date for winners to claim their prizes. After this, the tickets will expire and winners are no longer winners.

From the last 10 years, it has been reported that more than $20M lottery prizes had expired. BCLC exerts effort in trying to reach to winners who have unclaimed tickets. In an attempt to save an expiring $1 million winning ticket that was to expire last January, BCLC went to media. The winning ticket was bought from Victoria, B.C area. Unfortunately, this was not claimed and is now a fraction of the $20M expired prizes. Most of unclaimed prizes are in small amounts and it is very seldom for winnings from $10,000 and up to expire.

As of this time, unclaimed winnings include two tickets that are worth more than $350,000 combined. These winnings are from Lotto Max ticket which is more than $100,000 and the other one is a Lotto 6/49 which is more than $250,000, both tickets were purchased from Richmond.

BCLC announces winning tickets based on the location where it was bought. And, it usually helps in calling the attention of the winners to check their tickets. Moreover, BCLC uses the media to make announcements for when unclaimed prizes are set to expire.

The expired prizes from national games are returned back into the prize pool and are used to support their promotions. On the other hand, expired prizes from regional games are given to the government.

Retailers get awesome perks from BCLC!

BCLC had come out with awesome perks for retailers who are both good in selling tickets and lucky in selling winnings tickets. This is their way to motivate retailers to sell as many lottery tickets as they can. There are commissions, bonuses and prizes that had been given out. This may be a problem for gambling addicts however, the government profits from BCCLC when it was provided with #1.4 billion last year and which expected to be more than this amount for this year following increase of sales from retailers.

On September 3 of this year, Verna Holmes, owner of Seafair Smoke & Mixer at Seafair Shopping Centre from Richmond was presented a big mock check for $60,000 by the British Columbia Lottery Corp. because this is where the $60-million winning Lotto Max ticket won by fisherman Joseph Katalinic had been bought. It was the largest lottery win in B.C. history. Though, the clerk who sold winning tickets are not given special incentive.

In order to qualify for the incentives, each retailer must sign a contract with BCLC to set out their roles, responsibilities and compensation.

The list of compensations are as follows:

A. Sales

5%                          – Total lottery tickets sold.

0.5%                      – Bonus for $125,000 worth of sold tickets in a year.

2.5%                      – Bonus for more than $1.5 million worth of sold tickets in a year.

$500                       – Bonus for $25,000 sales bump from last year’s sale.

$750                       – Bonus for $50,000 sales bump from last year’s sale.

$1,000                   – Bonus for $75,000 sales bump from last year’s sale.

$1,250                   – Bonus for $100,000 sales bump from last year’s sale.

B. Winning Tickets

$60,000                – Sold $60-million winning ticket

0.1%                      – Sold $2 million and up winning ticket

$2,000                   – Between $1 million and $1,999,999.99 winning ticket

$1,000                   – Between $500,000 and $999,999.99 winning ticket

$500                       – Between $100,000 and $499,999.99 winning ticket

$250                       – Between $10,000 and 99,999.99 winning ticket

1%                          – Commission on winning ticket validation

In the instance that store owner changed, the sales incentive will be prorated.

BCLC campaign towards generating more sales will indeed be effective because it will be a win-win situation for both BCLC and retailers. 2019 lottery profit will then be good for the government.

2019 Marks Record High $70 M Jackpot

2019 marks record high $70 M jackpot. This will definitely bring good fortune to Canadians. More chances of winning and higher jackpot prize are something to really look forward to.

Beginning May 11, 2019, Lotto Max jackpot will increase to $70 million from $60 million jackpot cap. The jackpot prize was originally $50 million in 2009 when Lotto Max started and then increased to $60 million in 2015.

In addition to this, there will be 2 weekly draws as the interprovincial lottery game will then have Tuesday draw adding to Friday draw. This will definitely perk up the jackpot prize even more.

Two new prize categories will also be introduced: (1) Match 5/7 + bonus, (2) Match 4/7 + bonus.

The lottery said the odds of winning the main jackpot will be 1 in 33.3 million per $5 ticket.

Good thing about this increase is that there will be no additional cost on tickets and Maxmillion prizes will still be offered on the $50 million threshold as it is right now.

Latest $60 M Lotto Max Jackpot Winner

The latest $60 million Lotto Max winner is from Edmonton, Toronto. The winning numbers are from October 26, 2018 draw. However, the winner’s identity and located has yet to be revealed.

Along with the jackpot prize, 27 Maxmillions were won out of the 56 prizes of $1 million each. The 27 Maxmillions are to be shared by 36 winners.

The Different Ways to Play LOTTO MAX

There are three different ways to play the Lotto Max:

Quick Pick

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUICK PICK

Check the Quick Pick box on a Lotto Max selection Slip for the lottery terminal to randomly select three sets of numbers. You can also ask the retailer for a Quick Pick.

There is an option to play your sets of numbers again, you just mark the number of draws in the Advance Play box.

There are seven numbers plus one bonus number drawn for the Lotto Max Main Draw and seven numbers for each Maxmillions Draw, when held. To win, numbers should match.

 

Pick Own Numbers

 

 

 

 

 

PICK YOUR OWN

Select and mark 7 numbers (1-49) that you want to play. And then, for one set of numbers chosen, two sets of numbers will be generated from the lottery terminal.

There is an option to play up to five times per ticket. This means that if you want to play your sets of numbers again, you just mark the number of draws in the Advance Play box.

There are seven numbers plus one bonus number drawn for the Lotto Max Main Draw and seven numbers for each Maxmillions Draw, when held. To win, numbers should match.

 

Encore

 

 

 

 

 

ENCORE

For big chances of winnings for only $1 ask the retailer to include ENCORE o Quick Picks with the host game. Marking how many ENCORE you want to play with on the Selection Slip which rangers from 1-10.

With ENCORE, there are 22 ways to win with prizes ranging from $2 to $1 million!

You can win by matching the drawn winning numbers from right to left or left to right in the exact order.