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How to play the Lotto 6/49

Playing the Lotto 6/49 and picking possible winning numbers are easy and straight-forward. Simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes.

Can you play online? Yes!

  • Check¬†winning numbers
  • Estimated jackpot¬†amounts
  • See draw¬†results
  • Payout¬†amounts

And more!

Easily check today‚Äôs¬†California Super Lotto¬†winning numbers, handy ‚Äėbits‚Äô and useful tips.

What is the Lotto 6/49?

The Lotto 6/49 was Established in 1982, as the first Canadian lottery to give players the ability to choose their own numbers as previous national lotteries had only allowed the purchase pre-printed tickets.

The Lotto 6/49 offers players the following game plays:

The Lotto 6/49 Jackpot Play:

  • Players pay CA$3 for each line and as the name suggests pick six numbers from a choice of 49, matching them all to win the jackpot of at least¬†CA $5,000,000 is won. A bonus number is also drawn, and if a ticket matches the full five numbers plus the bonus number, the player wins the “second prize” which is usually between CA $100,000 and CA $500,000.
  • Every line played on Lotto 6/49 ticket is a guaranteed entry into the Guaranteed Prize Draw. A ten-digit code is automatically generated and displayed on the ticket.

Quick Note:¬†As many as ten separate lines or rather ‚Äėsets of numbers‚Äô can be played and printed on one individual ticket, but the maximum number allowed varies between jurisdictions.

For example, in the¬†Western Canada Lottery Corporation¬†(WCLC) area¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Alberta,¬†Saskatchewan,¬†Manitoba, the¬†Northwest Territories,¬†Yukon, and¬†Nunavut¬†‚ÄĒ no more than six lines are allowed.

  • The code must be matched exactly with the one drawn on the night in order to claim the CA$1 million prize.

‚ÄúAt least one player will win in every draw.‚ÄĚ

  • On occasion, special draws may be held in which more prizes of CA$1 million are made available

Lotto 6/49 Prizes (aka “the Great Part!)

The minimum Lotto 6/49 jackpot stands at CA$5 million, but can increase in value due to rollovers and has no rollover limit or jackpot cap until someone matches all six main numbers.

How to play the Lotto 6/49?

The California Super Lotto offers more than one ‚Äėball-game‚Äô each with their own way to play.

Step-by-step guide to playing the lotto and lotto plus games in Canada.

The Lotto 6/49 Jackpot Play:

Quick Recap:

  • Players pay CA$3 for each line and as the name suggests pick six numbers from a choice of 49, matching them all to win the jackpot of at least¬†CA $5,000,000 is won. A bonus number is also drawn, and if a ticket matches the full five numbers plus the bonus number, the player wins the “second prize” which is usually between CA $100,000 and CA $500,000.
  • Every line played on Lotto 6/49 ticket is a guaranteed entry into the Guaranteed Prize Draw. A ten-digit code is automatically generated and displayed on the ticket.
  • The code must be matched exactly with the one drawn on the night in order to claim the CA$1 million prize.

Additional Games:

Each of the different provinces which play the Lotto 6/49 offer additional games to enter whilst you are buying your ticket for the main draw. Each of these games offer players more chances to win big prizes for a small fee.

How to claim your lotto cash prize

Players can claim up to and including $250,000 at select Slot and Casino facilities, most locations can pay prizes of less than $1,000 to players in cash. Winning Tickets of $1,000 or more will be couriered to the OLG Prize Centre on the players behalf for processing.

Note: Players must be 19 years of age or older to enter Select Slots & Casinos to claim a lottery prize.

To claim a prize of $1,000 or more, players must complete a Lottery Prize Claim Declaration Form, for both single and group play wins. All prize claim documentation must include the players legal first and last name as shown on a valid government issued identification that will be presented with the claim documentation.

  • Once received at OLG, winning tickets and tickets that are damaged cannot be returned to the claimant.
  • Prize winnings cannot be assigned, transferred, lent, sold or otherwise directed to third parties by prize winners.
  • For greater specificity, all prize winnings will be paid directly to the prize winner (as determined by OLG).
  • As part of OLG’s prize payment protocol, OLG reserves the right to subject any person having any involvement with a winning ticket prior to the submission of a prize claim to the same requirements as the person(s) claiming the prize.
  • These requirements may include, but are not limited to, providing valid government issued photo identification, participating in a face-to-face interview, and completing the “Release of Prize Claim Form“.

Apart from a drop off service for prize claims up to $250,000 select gaming sites also have the ability to process lottery prize claims of $1,000 to $9,999.90 on-site.

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Drop Off claims up to $250,000

Redemption up to $9,999.90

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To claim a prize, players must bring the following things with them:

Your original, signed ticket:

Fill in the required information on the front and back of the ticket in clear print. Do not put additional writing or markings on the tickets. Keep a photocopy of your ticket.

Additional information for group winners: the ticket should be signed by the group leader ‚Äúin trust‚ÄĚ or each group member may sign the ticket.

Customer receipts:

Have a customer receipt with you (if the ticket was already validated by an OLG retailer).

Identification:

Bring one piece of valid government-issued id with your birth date. Include a photocopy of the front and back of the id.

Please Note: An Ontario Health Card may not be an acceptable form of identification at all locations offering on-site prize claim services.

Group winners must bring:

A legible photocopy (front and back) of one piece of valid government issued identification with date of birth for each group member.

A completed lottery prize claim declaration form:

All sections need to be filled out (sections a,b & c), including where the ticket was purchased. Make sure the form is signed and witnessed. Forms are available at select slots and casino locations.

Publication of win:

OLG will publish information on all lottery wins of $1,000 or more on olg.ca for a period of 30 days.

This information will include ‚Äď

  • The name
  • City of residence
  • The prize won for all individuals or groups who are paid a lottery prize of $1,000 or more. ¬†

Prize payment:

The prize center will mail the winners cheque via regular mail. If players would like it sent by another method, they must include the appropriate prepaid courier or postage-paid envelope.

For group claims of $1,000 and more, individual prize cheques will be issued to

Each member of the group based on the proportion of prize indicated on the lottery prize claim group list.

History of The Lotto 6/49

The Lotto 6/49 is one of three national lottery games in Canada and was launched on June 12, 1982. Lotto 6/49 was the first nationwide Canadian lottery game to allow players to choose their own numbers. Previous national games, including the Olympic Lottery, Loto Canada and Superloto used pre-printed numbers on tickets. Lotto 6/49 led to the gradual phase-out of that type of lottery game in Canada.

Winning numbers are drawn by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation every Wednesday and Saturday, by the use of a random number generator.

  • Before the June 2004 ticket price hike, the largest¬†Lotto 6/49¬†jackpot was $26.4 million, on September 2, 1995.
  • The largest¬†Lotto 6/49¬†jackpot, and the largest single jackpot in Canadian lottery history, was drawn on October 17, 2015 for a jackpot of $64 million. Won by one ticket purchased in¬†Mississauga, Ontario.
  • The second largest¬†Lotto 6/49¬†jackpot, and the second largest jackpot in Canadian lottery history, was $63.4 million on the draw for April 13, 2013.
  • The third largest¬†Lotto 6/49¬†jackpot was drawn on October 26, 2005. The single winning ticket, worth $54.3 million, was purchased in¬†Camrose, Alberta.

Comparison table for The Lotto 6/49

Top 3 highest jackpots paid out for The Lotto 6/49

Rank

Jackpot

Game

1

$64 million

Lotto 6/49

2

$63.4 million

Lotto 6/49

3

$54.3 million

Lotto 6/49

The biggest Lotto 6/49 jackpot payout recorded was on Saturday 17th October 2015 when Zhe Wang of Mississauga, Ontario won CA$64 million.

Tips for playing The Lotto 6/49

Remember – there’s no way to predict the numbers as drawings are completely random, but there are tried and tested ways to increase your¬†chance to win.

We will pop in some fun strategies for good measure!

Play the Right Games

There is a selection of lottery games‚ÄĒand they each have different odds of winning.

  • Read the odds¬†to ensure you’re maximizing your chances of winning.
  • Pick up some scratch cards. Yes, they offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.

#Strategie1: Identifying Hot numbers, Cold numbers, Overdue Numbers

To use the hot, cold, overdue strategy, analyze the results of your chosen lottery – see which numbers have been drawn recently and which haven’t, at least 50 drawings is needed to get a decent sample size.

  • Hot numbers: Picked most frequently
  • Cold numbers: drawn less frequently overall.
  • Overdue numbers: are ones that have not shown up in recent weeks.

Some players claim that creating a set of winning numbers by mixing hot, cold, and overdue numbers gives players an edge.

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

One MegaMillions lottery ticket worth nearly $300,000 was never claimed!

  • Keep your ticket somewhere that is safe and easy to find
  • Make a note of the drawing date and time in your calendar
  • Check and Double-check the numbers against your ticket
  • Use a¬†lottery app¬†to keep track

#Strategie2: Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

According to a poll run by mathematician Alex Bellos, seven is not surprisingly the most popular lucky number in the world.

Seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven continents, seven seas, and the list goes on.

Other traditional lucky numbers include three (as in “good things come in threes”) and four.

Play Second-Chance Games (Where Possible)

Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets giving players a bonus chance to be a winner.

#Strategie3: Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers

Pick numbers that have a personal meaning to you. For example, birthdays, a wedding anniversary, or the birthdays of kids and/or grandkids.

Apart from dates consider the number of kids you have or the house number of your childhood home ‚Äď whatever feels lucky to you.

Just a little note on this play, when it comes to picking lottery numbers, dates are just as popular and many people will play them. On the other hand, dates often show up among the most popular lottery numbers!

Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets

Sign it! Your signature on the back of a lottery ticket can help you prove that it is indeed yours if it gets lost or stolen.

#Strategie4: Use Numerology to Pick Lucky Numbers

There are a lot of different ways to use numerology to find lucky numbers. One is to¬†create a table¬†with the numbers 1 – 9 at the top and one letter in each column below. A = 1, B = 2, and so on. After the ninth letter, I, you’d wrap around again so that J = 1, K = 2, and so on.

You can then plug in the letters of your name to get one digit for each letter. Add those digits together to end up with a lucky number.

Horoscopes: Lucky Numbers for Today

If you’d like to find lucky numbers without having to play around with numbers yourself, your daily horoscope is a good place to turn.

Many horoscopes include predictions of which days will be lucky for you (and you can try playing the lottery on those days).

Choose Rarer Numbers

Picking certain numbers may offer you a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout.

If you win a lottery jackpot, there is a chance that you might have to split the payout with players who picked the same numbers, so you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the payout for yourself.

#Strategie5: Lucky Number Generators

The simplest way to find lucky numbers to play is simply to use a generator. Lucky number generators use numerology, or perhaps simply randomness, to find numbers for you.

Just a note About #LotteryStrategies

Finding and playing lucky numbers is based on fun more than facts. Mathematically, every number has an equal chance of being chosen as a winner.

Why the Lotto 6/49 is so popular

Not only does the¬†Lotto 6/49¬†offer players ‚Äútop prize‚ÄĚ payouts, but it has multiple ways and¬†chances to win. As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the¬†Lotto 6/49¬†offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG!

Lotto 6/49 number generator

Odds of winning The Lotto 6/49

Overall odds of winning any prize per $3 play are 1 in 6.6:

Match

Prize Amount

Odds* / $3 Play

6/6

79.5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 13,983,816

5/6+

6% of the Pools Fund

1 in 2,330,636

5/6

5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 55,492

4/6

9.5% of the Pools Fund

1 in 1,033

3/6

$10.00

1 in 56.7

2/6+

$5.00

1 in 81.2

2/6

$3 Free Play

1 in 8.3

+ Match designated number of main draw number plus Bonus Number
* Approximate Odds

Prizes and odds of winning: GUARANTEED $1 Million Prize Draw

Match

Prize Amount

Odds* / $3 Play

Exact 10-digit match only.

$1,000,000

Variable, depending on number of $3
plays issued for that draw.

  • Guaranteed Prize Draw prizes are not shared.
  • Guaranteed Prize Draw prizes are not carried over to the next draw.
  • Guaranteed Prize Draw winning selection is exact match only, in the order that they appear.

*Odds are one out of the total number of GUARANTEED $1 Million Prize Draw Selections issued for that draw.

Prizes and odds of winning: Extra

Match

Prize Amount

Odds* / $1 Play

4/4

$500,000

1 in 3,764,376

3/4

$1,000

1 in 9,906

2/4

$10

1 in 141

1/4

$1

1 in 6.8

  • For the top prize, multiple players with the same winning number will each receive the full amount of $500,000.
  • You can play up to 10 selections of the Extra per ticket.

*Approximate Odds

Is the Lotto 6/49 a Scam?

Absolutely not! The¬†Lotto 6/49¬†was launched on June 12, 1982, and is still going strong over 37 years later. Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence ‚Äď so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!

  • Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.
  • Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or¬†online¬†are usually illegal.
  • If you didn’t buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn’t win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.
  • The lottery doesn’t notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.
  • Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

A¬†lottery scam¬†is a type of advance-fee fraud which begins with an unexpected email notification, phone call, or mailing (sometimes including a large check) explaining that “You have won!” a large sum of money in a¬†lottery.

What to do:

If you receive a letter or email claiming that you won a prize for the Lotto 6/49 but did not enter, it is strongly recommended that you:

  • Delete¬†or¬†destroy¬†the letter or email immediately.
  • Do not¬†open any link contained in a suspicious email.
  • Do not¬†respond to, or contact, the sender.
  • Do not¬†disclose any personal or financial information.
  • Do not¬†send any money.
  • If¬†you have already responded, break off contact with the fraudster immediately.
  • If¬†you have provided personal or financial details, alert your bank immediately.
  • If¬†you receive a suspicious email, or believe you have been the victim of internet fraud, report it to the police.

Clues to look for:

  • The email is sent from a free webmail address (e.g. @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail etc.)
  • The letter or email starts with something vague like ‚ÄėDear Winner‚Äô.
  • Scam letters are often on poor quality, photocopied letterhead (although some will include a genuine business address in an attempt to provide legitimacy).
  • Strict time limit to claim the ‚Äėprize‚Äô. This is intended to put the potential victim under pressure and deter them from seeking advice or investigating the matter further.
  • Confidentiality is often demanded as a ‚Äėcondition of winning‚Äô. Again, this is to deter the recipient from seeking the advice of friends or family who may be more familiar with this type of scam.
  • Poor spelling, grammar and syntax are usually a good indication that the letter or email is a scam.

Conclusion

The Lotto 6/49 offers players tickets from authorised retailers across the country, with lottery players from around the world being able to take part courtesy of online lottery concierge services. International residents don’t need to pay income tax to Canadian authorities on their lottery winnings.

Lotto 6/49 underwent a transformation in September 2013, with the introduction of the Guaranteed Prize Draw and a new winning tier, which means that anyone who matches two main numbers correctly will win a Free Play prize.

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