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The Atlantic Lottery Corporation Inc. has been running a weekly game called Lotto Max for some years now.

When the main prize reaches $50 million, after growth of the pot over a number of weeks without it having been paid out to a successful ticket holder or holders, supplemental prizes of $1 million called Max Millions are also drawn.
In the period between Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, 2016, that would be four Fridays, there was a total of 77 $1-million prizes for Max Millions. In its history, the main prize has been at times elusive and thus becomes plump and enticing with concomitant Max Millions added.
My problem? Well, besides never winning, it is that either the one winner or the number of winners for each Max Million is not shown on the retailer’s readout slip after the draw. The other side of that coin is the number of unwon prizes re-couped (recroupiered?) by the House is not shown to interested players.
The Lottery Corporation can tell you at a glance the numbers of winners of a free $5 ticket ( for Feb. 5 that would be 1,790,100) or the fortunate ones who won $2 on Tag ( for Feb. 5 that was 45,654).
But the seven numbers drawn for each set of Max Millions tell you nothing about their lot-gone to a winning ticket holder or holders or remaining in the House.
By the way, with no claim to consultancy on my part, if the Lotto Corporation were to move the drawn numbers for Max Millions a couple of spaces to the left of centre on the printout then there would be ample room on the right to inform their bettors of the number of winners per prize whether zero, one, two, three, or however many.
You’re welcome.
Tom Careen
Placentia

When the main prize reaches $50 million, after growth of the pot over a number of weeks without it having been paid out to a successful ticket holder or holders, supplemental prizes of $1 million called Max Millions are also drawn.
In the period between Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, 2016, that would be four Fridays, there was a total of 77 $1-million prizes for Max Millions. In its history, the main prize has been at times elusive and thus becomes plump and enticing with concomitant Max Millions added.
My problem? Well, besides never winning, it is that either the one winner or the number of winners for each Max Million is not shown on the retailer’s readout slip after the draw. The other side of that coin is the number of unwon prizes re-couped (recroupiered?) by the House is not shown to interested players.
The Lottery Corporation can tell you at a glance the numbers of winners of a free $5 ticket ( for Feb. 5 that would be 1,790,100) or the fortunate ones who won $2 on Tag ( for Feb. 5 that was 45,654).
But the seven numbers drawn for each set of Max Millions tell you nothing about their lot-gone to a winning ticket holder or holders or remaining in the House.
By the way, with no claim to consultancy on my part, if the Lotto Corporation were to move the drawn numbers for Max Millions a couple of spaces to the left of centre on the printout then there would be ample room on the right to inform their bettors of the number of winners per prize whether zero, one, two, three, or however many.
You’re welcome.
Tom Careen
Placentia

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