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04 Apr 2020
How to play the Lotto 6/49?
Step-by-step guide to playing the lotto and lotto plus games in Canada.
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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 “in trust” or each group member may sign the ticket.
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.
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.
Top 3 highest jackpots paid out for The Lotto 6/49
|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—and they each have different odds of winning.
Identifying Hot numbers, Cold numbers, Overdue Numbers
Look at a list of past winning numbers for canada 649 Lotto, and you’ll see, more often than not, one or more of the number groups are not represented. For example, in the combination 5-14-17-32-38-46, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you make a informed choice.
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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)
Pick Traditional Lucky Numbers
Take Steps to Secure Winning Lottery Tickets
Use Numerology to Pick Lucky Numbers
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.
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.
On average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing 56 percent of the time.
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.
Remember that there are disadvantages to using traditional lucky numbers as lottery numbers: a lot of other players will be using them, too. That means that if these numbers do win, players chances of having to split the jackpot are high.
Not only does the Lotto 6/49 offer players “top prize” 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!
Overall odds of winning any prize per $3 play are 1 in 6.6:
+ Match designated number of main draw number plus Bonus Number
* Approximate Odds
|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.
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 – so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!
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 canada 649 Lotto but did not enter, it is strongly recommended that you:
Clues to look for:
The biggest note to remember – It’s impossible to win a lottery without buying a ticket!
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.