About Lotto 649

Lotto 649

This is Canada's first national lottery game to allow players to choose their own numbers. It is one of three National games, with the others being LottoMAX and Daily Grand. For LOTTO 6/49 draws, seven balls (six main numbers and one Bonus number) are drawn.

LOTTO 6/49 draws are conducted by Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) on behalf of the five lottery regions in Canada. About one hour after game shutdown, the draws commence.

Initially, LOTTO 6/49 draws were made using ball-draw machines. The 49 balls were placed in numerical order in the ball rack of the draw machine. The balls are released into a drum, which is spun for a minimum of 10 seconds before a button is pressed to release the first ball. One by one, each ball drops into the trap at the bottom of the drum, and an electric eye prompts its release into a chute.

Changes were made in the game on May 14, 2019.

The numbers are now chosen using a RNG (Random Number Generator). The RNG continuously cycles through thousands of numbers each second. When the draw attendant requests a number from the computer, the number on the RNG at that exact moment is provided.

The first draw for Lotto 649 occurred on June 12, 1982, and the draws were on Saturdays with a price of $1.00 per set of 6 numbers played. On September 11, 1985, the draws occurred now bi-weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The method of drawing the numbers has stayed the same, however there have been additional changes to the prize payouts, and costs to the tickets. On June 2004, the price of the ticket increased from $1.00 to $2.00 in order to offer larger jackpots, and increase the minimum jackpot amount from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. On September 18, 2013, the ticket price increased from $2.00 to $3.00. This minimum jackpot increased from $3,000,000 to $5,000,000, and a "guaranteed winner" was introduced where a $1,000,000 prize was given out to one lucky player every draw.

An optional additional add-on to the Lotto649 ticket is a regional game called the "Extra", "Tag", or "Encore" depending on region. Our database is only storing the information for the main 6 numbers, and the bonus.

An additional change was made to the game on September 14, 2022. A Gold ball has been introduced. This Gold ball will change the value of the guaranteed winner. The jackpot of the Classic game will remain at $5 million. An additional ball is drawn from a pool of 30 balls of which 29 are white balls and there is one gold ball. A bonus prize starts at $10 million. If a white ball is drawn, the bonus prize increases by $2 million, and the guaranteed winner receives a prize of $1 million.

In the following draw, the pool of balls decrease by 1 white ball. This increases the odds of the gold ball being picked. Once the gold ball is drawn, the pool of balls reset to 30, the cumulative gold prize is paid out to the guaranteed winner, and the bonus jackpot is reset to $10 million.

This gold ball prize could increase over time to a maximum of $68 million if it happens to be the last ball left from the pool of 30 balls.

We will only be capturing the numbers from the Classic game.

Summary for Lotto 649

Number of Draws:


Official Website:

First Draw:

Saturday, June 12, 1982



Draw Days:


Draw Format:

6 Main Numbers, 1 Bonus Number

Play Format:

Play 6 Main Numbers

Main Number Choices:


Odds of Winning Lotto 649

MatchMAIN DRAW Prize$3 Play
6 of 6Win or share Jackpot(79.5% of the Pools Fund)1 in 13,983,816
5 of 6 + BonusShare of 6% of the Pools Fund1 in 2,330,636
5 of 6Share of 5% of the Pools Fund1 in 55,492
4 of 6Share of 9.5% of the Pools Fund1 in 1,033
3 of 6$101 in 56.7
2 of 6 + Bonus$51 in 81.2
2 of 6Free Play1 in 8.3

Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 6.6

Recent Draws for Lotto 649

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
31820253943  4

Saturday, May 18, 2024
272932333539  18

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
131723244048  29

Saturday, May 11, 2024
21017182228  36

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
4711293031  32

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Lotto 649 Tools

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Lotto 649 History

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Quick Pick (Random)


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These numbers are not random, but rather selected from the Lotto 649 pool of numbers.

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Lotto 649 Frequency Chart

(Data Starting From: Saturday, June 12, 1982 to today)

This chart shows how often each of the Lotto 649 numbers were drawn. You can find the most drawn numbers and least drawn numbers.