Lotto 6/49 Canada

Canada Lotto

Since its launch in June 1982, Lotto 6/49 has become one of the most popular lottery games played in Canada and was the first national game in the country to allow players to select their own numbers. Canada Lotto 6/49 is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation but each of the five provincial lottery organizations is individually responsible for running the game within their own territories.

Canada Lotto 6/49 draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday evening at 21.20 ET and have a starting jackpot of CAD$5 million. In addition to the top prize, there are a further six winning tiers where players can win smaller prizes for matching two numbers or more.

In September 2013 Lotto 6/49 launched the Guaranteed Prize Draw as a side game to the main Lotto 6/49 draw. For every line of Lotto 6/49 numbers purchased, a ten digit number is printed onto the players ticket and acts as a free entry into the Guaranteed Prize Draw raffle where one ticket holder in every draw will win CAD$1 million for matching the ten digit code drawn.

How to Play Canada Lotto 6/49

To play Canada Lotto 6/49, players are required to select six numbers from 1 to 49 and if they match all six numbers on their ticket with the six numbers drawn, they win the jackpot. Four of the Canada Lotto 6/49 prizes, including the jackpot, are paid on a pari-mutuel basis, which means they vary depending on ticket sales and the number of winners in the prize tier, while the other three tiers are a fixed value. The smallest prize, won by matching two numbers, is a single line ticket for the next Canada Lotto 6/49 draw.

 The winning combinations, odds and prizes are as follows:

Match Prize Odds/$2 Play
Match 6 79.5% of the prize fund 1: 13,983,816
Match 5 plus Bonus 6% of the prize fund 1: 2,330,636
Match 5 5% of the prize fund 1: 55,492
Match 4 9.5% of the prize fund 1: 1,033
Match 3 CAD$10 (Fixed) 1: 56.7
Match 2 plus Bonus CAD$5 (Fixed) 1: 81.2
Match 2 Free Ticket 1: 8.3

In Canada Lotto 6/49 draw, six main numbers along with a seventh number, the Bonus Ball, are drawn from a pool of 1 to 49. After the main draw, the Guaranteed Prize Draw takes place where a ten-digit number is randomly selected and the player with the corresponding ticket wins CAD$1 million.

In the event that more than one player matches the six main numbers drawn, the jackpot will be shared equally between all winning ticket holders. If there are no Match 6 winners then the top prize will rollover to the following draw and, as there is no jackpot cap, continue to rollover until it is won. Thanks to this rollover feature, Canada Lotto 6/49 jackpots have grown as high as CAD$63.4 million which currently holds the record as the largest top prize won in the game. This record jackpot was won on April 13th 2013 by four ticket holders, three of whom came from British Columbia and the other from Alberta.

Upcoming Changes to Lotto 6/49

Lotto 6/49 will undergo an update in September 2022. The main game will still be played in the same way but will be known as the Classic Draw. The jackpot will stay at CA$5 million in every draw.

Instead, there will be a rolling jackpot in the new Gold Ball game, which will replace the Guaranteed Prize Draw. There will still be a raffle draw and the winner will still be guaranteed at least CA$1 million, but they could even win much more.

In the Gold Ball jackpot draw, there are 30 balls and just one is gold. If this ball is drawn, the winner receives the jackpot. This starts at CA$10 million and rises by CA$2 million if it isn’t won. If any of the non-gold balls are drawn, the winner receives CA$1 million.

The chances of the Gold Ball jackpot being won increase with each passing draw, as the balls worth CA$1 million are not replaced after they are selected. For example, there will be just 29 balls in the second draw if the Gold Ball does not appear in the first, then 28, then 27, and so on. It will only go back to 30 balls once the Gold Ball jackpot is won.

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