Lotteries in Canada
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is one of two national lottery games in Canada. Launched on June 12, 1982, Lotto 649
was the first nationwide Canadian lottery game to allow players to choose their own numbers. Previous national games, such as the Olympic Lottery, Loto Canada and Superloto used pre-printed numbers on tickets. Lotto 649 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, executed with a Smartplay Halogen II ball machine.
The largest single jackpot record in Canadian lottery history was drawn on October 17, 2015 for a jackpot of $64 million. The jackpot was won by one ticket purchased in Mississauga, Ontario.
The second largest jackpot was $63.4 million which was drawn on April 13, 2013.
The third largest Lotto 649
jackpot was drawn on October 26, 2005. The single winning ticket, worth $54.3 million, was purchased in Camrose, Alberta by a group of 17 oil and gas plant workers. The $54.3 million jackpot was originally estimated at $40 million, but because of rapid sales created by lottery fever across the country, the jackpot increased to $54,294,712. An estimated $99.4 million worth of tickets were sold. It was exceeded as the second-largest Canadian lottery jackpot overall in July 2015 by a Lotto Max draw with a $55 million jackpot.
The third largest Lotto 649 jackpot was worth $50.3 million, was drawn on February 21, 2009. There were four winning tickets: three in Ontario and one in Quebec.
The largest Lotto 649 jackpot, when tickets were $1 per play, was $26,410,706 on September 2, 1995.
The Lotto 649
game is administered by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, an alliance of the five regional/provincial lottery corporations that cover all of Canada. Each of these corporations operate two regional add-on games that, for an extra $1 each, can be added to a 6/49 ticket. One of them is a "spiel" game (named "Tag", "Encore" or "Extra" depending on the region), which adds a 6- or 7-digit number to the ticket with a top prize of $100,000 if all six digits are matched or $250,000 to $1,000,000 depending on the region for a seven-number match ($1,000,000 in Ontario; $500,000 in Quebec; $250,000 in the Western Canada region). The other is the "49" game (named "Atlantic 49", "Quebec 49", "Ontario 49", "Western 6/49" or "BC 49" depending on the region), which works in analogous fashion to the Lotto 649 but with a fixed jackpot of $1,000,000 ($2,000,000 in BC 49, Western 6/49 and Quebec 49). In some regions, one line costs 50 cents; while in others, the "49" game is sold two lines at a time at a cost of $1.
is a Canadian lottery game coordinated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, a group representing the five regional lotteries that operate in the country. Introduced on September 19, 2009, with its first draw occurring on September 25, 2009, the game replaced Lotto Super 7, and holds drawings on Friday nights.Lotto 649
Lotto 649 has now changed to make one of our most popular games even better! Lotto 649 now gives you more chances every week to become a millionaire.
We’ve added a second draw to the game with a guaranteed prize of $1 million. That means two new millionaires every week.
The regular jackpots are still available and now start at $5 million. And remember to say “YES” to the Extra for the chance to win $500,000.
Lotto 649 and Extra are available wherever lottery products are sold, lottery retailers, bars and pubs, and online at PlayNow.com. Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday. Get your tickets before 7:30pm for your chance to win.LOTTO 649 JackpotLotto 649 Main Draw
, Every Wednesday and Saturday, six numbers are drawn from 1 – 49, plus a Bonus number, used for two prize categories.
To win or share the Lotto 649 jackpot, you need to match all six of your Lotto 649 Regular Selection numbers to the six numbers drawn.Extra
Every Wednesday and Saturday, four numbers are drawn from 1 – 99.
If you have said “Yes” to the Extra, the word “YES” appears beside the Extra numbers on your ticket and your numbers qualify for the draw.
If you have said “No” to the Extra, the word “NO” appears beside the Extra numbers on your ticket and your numbers do not qualify for the draw.
To win the Extra $500,000 top prize, your numbers need to qualify for the draw and you need to match all four of your Extra numbers to the numbers drawn.
Check out the other prizes you could win with Extra
Lotto 649 Game Highlights:
- Each play costs $3 - Ticket for Main draw and special 10-digit number for second drawing.
- Guaranteed $1 Million Prize payout
- Jackpot grows until won!
- Play up to 26 draws in advance
- Draws held every Wednesday and Saturday.
- Lotto 649 tickets are sold until 9 p.m. (Eastern Time).
- The largest Lotto 649 jackpot ever won was $54.3 million by a group of oil and gas workers from Alberta in October 2005.
How to Play Lotto 649:
- Lotto 649 is available for sale across Canada.
- Each play costs $3 and includes one set of numbers from 1 to 49 for the Main Jackpot Draw and a second, 10-digit set of numbers for the $1-million GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW.
- Play mulitple Lotto 649 selections on one ticket.
- Play Lotto 649 by Quick Pick or Selection Slip.
- Ask for a Quick Pick or select six numbers from a field of 1 to 49.
- Play Multiple Draws. Tell the Retailer how many draws you want or mark the number of draws on the Selection Slip.
Lotto 649 Game Add-on:
You can also play these games with Lotto 649.
Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw
- Atlantic Canada - Tag
- Quebec - Extra
- Ontario - Encore
- Western Canada - Extra
- British Columbia - Extra
Every Wednesday and Saturday, after the main winning numbers are drawn for the LOTTO 649 Jackpot and subsidiary prizes, one Guaranteed Prize Draw selection will be drawn at random from all the Guaranteed Prize Draw selections issued for a prize of $1 million (exact match only).
The Guaranteed Prize Draw selection will be an 8-digit number, followed by a 2-digit trailer (e.g. 22345678-01). The first eight digits are the same for all entries on the same ticket and are unique to that ticket. The same eight-digit sequence will not appear on any other ticket for the same draw.
If the ticket contains multiple LOTTO 649 selections, the player receives multiple Guaranteed Prize Draw selections - the first eight digits are the same for all entries; the two-digit number following the hyphen starts at 01, and increases by one for each additional selection on the ticket.
One winning Guaranteed Prize Draw selection will be drawn from those issued to guarantee there is a winning ticket for each draw. Since each Guaranteed Prize Draw selection is unique, it will not be possible for two tickets to share the same number.
Exact match only. There are no subsidiary prizes on the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw numbers.
Odds of winning in any Guaranteed Prize Draw are one out of the number of Guaranteed Prize Draw selections issued for that draw.
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