When we started looking for some of the biggest lottery winnings in recent weeks, we came across Canadian Lotto 6/49. The results of this lottery are impressive. On 29 August, Barbara Newman, North York, won $100,000. In less than a week, another Canadian, Sherry Edwards, won $1 million.
These results cannot be ignored. Although Lotto 6/49 is known less than the other popular European lotteries, we decided that you should definitely learn about this lottery. After all, in the European lotteries, large prizes are not won so often. Therefore, we are going to tell you what Lotto 6/49 is, what rules apply in the lottery and how to play it from any country in the world.
What is Lotto 6/49?
Lotto 6/49 is Canada's national lottery. This is the first lottery in this country in which participants can independently choose the numbers in the ticket.
The first edition took place in 1982, and now the lottery is held twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Lotto 6/49 minimum jackpot is $5,000,000. In addition to the main prize, Lotto 6/49 has two additional lottery draws with the super prizes of $1,000,000 and $500,000. How the Lotto 6/49 lottery is conducted and what prizes can be won, that is further in the article.
The history of Lotto 6/49 dates back to June 12, 1982. The lottery was held across Canada by various organizing companies:
- The British Columbia Lottery Corporation was responsible for organizing the lottery in British Columbia;
- Ontario Lottery conducted it in Ontario;
- Loto-Québec — in Québec;
- Western Canada Lotto Corporation — in Western Canada;
- Atlantic Lottery Corporation — in the Atlantic Territories of Canada.
Thus, Lotto 6/49 was the first national lottery in Canada.
In 2013, the Lotto 6/49 rules changed. Lottery organizers introduced an additional draw: Guaranteed Prize of $1 million. Now in Lotto 6/49, a prize of $1 million is played in every draw. To get it, you need to have a ticket where a unique ten-digit code matches the combination declared by the master.
Since 2013, participation in Lotto 6/49 costs $3. For this money, the player has the opportunity to participate in the main draw and get a Guaranteed Prize of 1 million. The participant can also pay extra for the Extra option and further increase the chances of winning.
The Record Jackpot
The largest gain in the history of the Canadian national lottery was $63.4 million. The record amount was raffled in April 2013, the prize money was shared by the participants of the syndicate of four people.
Lotto 6/49 Rules
Lotto 6/49 holds three lotteries per circulation:
- Main lotto (6 out of 49);
- Guaranteed Prize Draw of 1 million dollars;
- Encore Draw of prize from $500 thousand to $1 million.
Fields that need to be filled for this number of draws are placed on one ticket:
Main lotto (6 out of 49)
Here the rules are the same as in other "6 out of 49" lotteries. In the ticket, there are 49 numbers in the range from 1 to 49, from them, you need to choose 6 arbitrary numbers. The more numbers match the lottery result, the greater is your winnings.
Choosing Combo mode, the player can cross out not 6, but 5, 7, 8 or 9 digits. The number of winning combinations is as follows:
- If you select 5 numbers — 44 (the cost of the game is $132);
- If you select 7 digits — 7 (the cost of the game is $21);
- If you select 8 digits — 28 (the cost of the game is $84);
- If you select 9 digits — 84 (the cost of the game is $252);
The feature of Lotto 6/49 is that if you select 5 numbers the winning combinations are greater than if the player chooses 6 or 7 numbers. In Lotto 6/49, there is a rule: if a player chooses a 5-digit combo, then the winning combinations are all that contain these 5 numbers and any other number. In other words, if a player crosses out the numbers 1,2,3,4,5, then the combination 1,2,3,4,5,6 is winning. As well as the combination of 1,2,3,4,5,7; 1,2,3,4,5,8 and the like.
Also, there is a bonus number in the main lottery Lotto 6/49. The bonus number is taken out of the reel when the six main balls are already known. If the player also guessed the bonus number, he increases his winnings by 50-100 times. For example, in the lotto on September 5, 2018, the participant guessed 5 of 6 numbers and the bonus ball and won $222 thousand. The remaining players who correctly called 5 of 6 numbers received only $2.7 thousand each.
Lotto 6/49 (Main Lottery) Odds and Prize Table
|1 Category||6||1 in 13,983,816|
|2 Category||5 + 1||1 in 2,330,636|
|3 Category||5||1 in 55,492|
|4 Category||4||1 in 1,033|
|5 Category||3||1 in 57|
|6 Category||2 + 1||1 in 81|
|7 Category||2||1 in 8|
The probability of becoming a winner in the Lotto Guaranteed Prize Draw depends on how many participants take part in the next draw. If there are 10 million players, then the chance of winning is 1 in 10,000,000.
Lotto 6/49 (Encore Draw) Odds and Prize Table
|1 Category||7||1 in 10,000,000|
|2 Category||6||1 in 1,000,000|
|3 Category||5||1 in 100,000|
|4 Category||4||1 in 10,000|
|5 Category||3||1 in 1,000|
|6 Category||2||1 in 100|
The final chance to win a prize in Lotto 6/49 is 1 in 6.5 (15%).
Best Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery
In Lotto 6/49, you can use several methods to increase the chance of winning:
- Buy tickets not for one, but for several draws at once;
- Participate in a syndicate (an organized group of lottery players who buy tickets together and share the winnings);
- Play Combo;
- Take part in Encore Draw.
Guaranteed Prize Draw
Guaranteed Prize Draw is a lottery that makes one Lotto 6/49 member richer by $1 million. This lotto is held in every draw. So, twice a week, the organizers of Lotto 6/49 make some of the players a dollar millionaire.
You do not need to pay extra for participation in the Guaranteed Prize Draw because participation in this lottery is included in the ticket price. The winner is determined after the completion of the main lotto. The presenter announces a ten-digit combination in the format 12345678-01. A participant with such a combination in his ticket becomes a winner.
Note that the player cannot choose the numbers in the combination for a guaranteed Prize Draw because these numbers are printed in his ticket in advance.
Encore Draw is an additional lotto, participation in which costs 1 dollar. Encore Draw is run on every Lotto 6/49 draw.
There are 10 balls with numbers from 0 to 9 in the lottery drawing machine. The master takes 7 balls from the device in order showing their numbers. Each taken out ball is sent back to the drawing machine. Therefore, in the winning combination of Encore Draw, the same number may occur twice or more.
Participants, who have guessed all 7 numbers in the order the master got them out, receive $1 million each. Players who correctly call 6 or less numbers also receive prizes:
- $100,000 for 6 numbers;
- $1,000 for 5 numbers;
- $100 for 4 numbers;
- $10 for 3 numbers;
- $5 for 2 numbers.