This is Canada's first national lottery game to allow players to choose their own numbers. It is one of two National games, with the other being LottoMAX. 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 electic 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". Our database is only storing the information for the main 6 numbers, and the bonus.
Number of Draws:
6 Main Numbers, 1 Bonus Number
Play 6 Main Numbers
Main Number Choices:
|Match||MAIN DRAW Prize||$3 Play|
|6 of 6||Win or share Jackpot(79.5% of the Pools Fund)||1 in 13,983,816|
|5 of 6 + Bonus||Share of 6% of the Pools Fund||1 in 2,330,636|
|5 of 6||Share of 5% of the Pools Fund||1 in 55,492|
|4 of 6||Share of 9.5% of the Pools Fund||1 in 1,033|
|3 of 6||$10||1 in 56.7|
|2 of 6 + Bonus||$5||1 in 81.2|
|2 of 6||Free Play||1 in 8.3|
Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 6.6
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(From: Saturday, June 12, 1982)