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Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission

Alberta Lottery games and the Alberta Lottery Fund are licensed and regulated by the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission – AGLC – who organise all Alberta Lotteries through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC.

In addition to running Alberta Lotto games – the AGLC regulates all liquor and charitable gaming activities within Alberta – as well as managing provincial gaming activities including video lottery terminals, slot machines and electronic bingo.

The Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission – AGLC – is an agent of the government of Alberta and has been operating since 1995 – following the merger of Alberta Lotteries, the Alberta Liquor Control Board, the Alberta Gaming Commission, Alberta Lotteries and the Gaming Control Branch.

Alberta Lottery – the AGLC – has its headquarters in St. Albert, Alberta.

Alberta Lotteries – Overview

Alberta Lottery games have been in existence since 1975 – before the formation of the AGLC – though gaming and betting in general within Alberta has been taking place since as far back as 1892.

The first proper, modern day Alberta Lotto game to be offered by Alberta Lotteries was The Western which the Alberta Lottery sold from 1975.

Today – Alberta Lotteries along with Manitoba Lotteries, Yukon Lotteries and Saskatchewan Lotteries – are members of the WCLC – Western Canada Lottery Corporation – who run Canadian Lotteries within Western Canada and sell Alberta Lottery tickets in Alberta.

As well as regional Canadian Lotteries such as the Western 649 from the WCLC – the Alberta Lottery portfolio includes country-wide games from the ILC – Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – currently the Lotto 649 and the very recent Lotto MAX game.

The ILC introduced the nation-wide Lotto 649 in June 1982 and this has proved to be the most popular of all Canadian Lotteries. Another national Canadian Lottery that was sold through all Alberta Lottery retailers was the Lotto Super 7 from May 1994 until is discontinuance in September 2009 to make way for the Lotto MAX.

Alberta Lottery – Games

Alberta LOTTO 649

The Lotto 649 is played right across Canada and has to be the longest standing and most played out of all the Canadian Lotteries offered by the Alberta Lottery and Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

The county-wide Canadian Lottery – Lotto 649 – is well known for having produced the largest Canadian Lottery jackpot ever and – often – as many as 2 out of every 3 Canadians have bought lottery tickets for the game.

Lotto 649 from Canada’s ILC – the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – is not only played in Canada these days but also by many people overseas – with authorised online lottery ticket sales companies.

This popular 649 Lotto game was introduced in Canada back in 1982 with the very first Lotto 649 tickets being sold across the country on June 4th 1982. Alberta Lottery sold tickets for the game from its outset. The first jackpot available was half a million Canadian dollars.

The inaugural Lotto 649 draw took place on June 12th 1982 and it was the first Canadian Lottery game to allow players to select their own numbers. Previous Canadian Lotto games used pre-printed serial numbers on tickets but the introduction of the 649 Lottery made these older types of lottery tickets a thing of the past.

Alberta LOTTO 649 – Overview

The Lotto 649 is a traditional draw-style, pick six lotto game of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. It is the ILC flagship game and is a Canada-wide lottery that gives you the chance to win huge jackpots for just 2 dollars.

The game uses a matrix of 6/49 and the ILC make the draw twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6.30pm PT – 7.30pm MT – 8.30pm CT.

The jackpot normally starts off at CAN$ 3.5 million and if this jackpot figure is not won, the sum will be added onto the next 649 Lotto draw with a jackpot rollover. You can check the latest Lotto 649 rollover figure here.

The jackpot will then increase in size draw after draw until the number one prize is finally won meaning that the Lotto 649 can quite very often reach some truly massive jackpot figures.

Draws for the Lotto 649 take place at the ILC Headquarters in Toronto.

Alberta LOTTO 649 – How It Works…

The Canadian Lottery – Lotto 649 – uses what’s known as a 6/49 matrix - which means that when playing this 649 Lottery game you will need to select your own 6 numbers out of a range of numbers from 1 to 49 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be a jackpot winner.

As well as the 6 main numbers, a 7th number is drawn. This is the bonus number and is drawn after the 6 main numbers.

In addition to the jackpot itself, there are 5 further ways in which you can win on the Alberta Lotto 649 – with prizes to be won if you match either 5 main numbers plus the bonus number, 5 main numbers, 4 main numbers, 3 main numbers or even just 2 main numbers plus the bonus number.

A Quick Pick facility is available when playing the 649 Lotto - very much the same as the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s Euro-Millions or the Quick Pick of many other Canadian Lotteries and USA Lottery games – which means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your 649 Lotto numbers for you.

So, playing the Alberta Lottery - 649 Lotto is easy…just select your own 6 numbers – request them to be randomly generated for you by using the Quick Pick option or use an online random number generator – then simply check the very latest Lotto 649 results.

The cost of playing the Lotto 649 with Alberta Lottery is CAN$ 2 per game.

Who Can Play the LOTTO 649?

As with most Canadian Lotteries & USA Lottery games – in the past – only residents of Canada were allowed to play in any of the Canadian Lottery games including those run by the ILC such as the Lotto 649 or any other Alberta Lottery or WCLC games. You used to have to purchase your Lotto 649 tickets from an authorised retailer based in Canada itself.

Nowadays, though, with a good number of online lottery ticket sales agencies around the world like TheLotter who are both authorised and genuine - you are able to select your Lotto 649 numbers online and purchase your tickets from anywhere in the world.

This is great news of course if you live outside of Alberta or Canada and want to play the Lotto 649 and ensure your entry into the next draw or just want to have the convenience and ease of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the draw, you can then quickly and easily check the Lotto 649 results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky winners.

With Alberta Lotteries you will need to be at least 18 years of age to play any of the Alberta Lottery or WCLC games including the Lotto 649.

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What Are the Alberta LOTTO 649 Odds?

You can check the odds of winning on the Alberta Lotto 649 here in the easy-to-read odds calculation table.

From matching all 6 of the main Lotto 649 numbers drawn right down to just 2 of the main numbers plus the bonus number - you can be a winner on the Alberta Lottery - Lotto 649.

The overall odds of winning a prize on the Alberta Lotto 649 is 1 in just 32.

LOTTO 649 ODDS

Prize Level

Match

Odds / Ticket

1

6 of 6

1 in 13,983,816

2

5 of 6 + Bonus Number

1 in 2,330,636

3

5 of 6

1 in 55,492

4

4 of 6

1 in 1,033

5

3 of 6

1 in 57

6

2 of 6 + Bonus Number

1 in 81

How Are Alberta LOTTO 649 Prizes Paid?

If you become the lucky winner of an Alberta Lottery – Lotto 649 jackpot, the AGLC will pay your lottery winnings to you in the form of a tax free cash lump sum.

You will have 1 year from the date on which the draw was made, in which to claim your prize – after which your Alberta Lottery ticket will become invalidated.

Prizes of up to CAN$ 200 can be claimed from any Alberta Lotteries retailer.

If your win with is between CAN$ 200 and $ 1,000 you will be able to claim your prize from certain Alberta Lottery retailers or from the AGLC Prize Payout Office.

If you have won between CAN$ 1,000 & $9,999 on the Alberta Lotto 649 – you will be able to claim your winnings at one of two Alberta Lottery – AGLC Prize Payout Offices in either Calgary or St.Albert.

Should your Alberta Lottery win be CAN$ 10,000 or more – you will need to call the Alberta Liquor & Gaming Corporation to make an appointment to validate your win and claim your prize.

Of course – if you play lottery online – whatever the size of your win, you needn’t be concerned with any of these details. Your online lottery ticket sales agency will take care of everything for you when you buy lottery tickets – whether you use TheLotter or any other reputable company.

Western 649

The other main lottery draw-style game in the Alberta Lottery portfolio is the Western 649 which is sold throughout Western Canada by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC – and its members such as Alberta Lottery – the AGLC.

The Western 649 is a regional, pick six lotto game and is billed as Western Canada’s very own lottery – available with Alberta Lottery, in the Prairie Provinces and the Territories – offering you the chance to win up to CAN$1 Million twice a week for just a dollar.

The Western 649 is the flagship game from the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC and is drawn on Wednesdays and Saturdays from their HQ in Winnipeg at 8.00pm CT, 7.00pm MT, 6.00pm PT.

Western 649 – Overview

The Western 649 lottery uses a matrix of 6/49 and the WCLC game is marketed through its provincial members – Alberta Lotteries, Manitoba Lotteries, plus Saskatchewan Lotteries, Yukon Lotteries and the Northwest Territories' Sport North.

Unlike some Canadian Lotteries and many of the USA Lottery games, the Western 649 doesn’t rollover if the jackpot is not won. The top prize remains constant at CAN$ 1 Million.

This is because – of course – this WCLC game has a smaller number of players than the national games of Lotto 649 and Lotto Max – so to ensure a Western Lotto 649 jackpot of CAN$ 1 Million for every draw – the Western Canada Lottery Corporation needs to cap the Jackpot at CAN$ 1 Million.

Western 649 – How It Works…

The Western 649 uses what’s known as a matrix of 6/49 - which means that when you are playing the Western Canada 649, you will need to select 6 numbers out of a pool of numbers ranging from 1 to 49 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be a WCLC jackpot winner.

As well as the 6 main numbers, a 7th number is also drawn. This is the bonus number and is drawn after the 6 main Western 649 numbers have been drawn.

In addition to the jackpot itself, there are 4 further ways in which you can win on the Alberta Lottery – Western 649 - with prizes to be won if you match either 5 main numbers plus the bonus number, 5 main numbers, 4 main numbers or 3 of the main numbers.

A Quick Pick facility is available when playing the Western Lotto 649 - very much the same as the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s Euro-Millions or many other Canadian Lotteries & USA Lottery games – which means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your Western 649 numbers for you.

So, playing the Western 649 is easy…just select your own 6 numbers – request them to be randomly generated for you by using the Quick Pick option – or use an online random number generator.

Once you have entered into the Western 649 draw you will want to keep up to date with the very latest Western 649 Results. You can do this online here or through various television broadcasts, radio or newspapers in Alberta.

The cost of playing the Alberta Lottery – Western Canada 649 is just $1 CAD.

Who Can Play the Western 649 ?

As with most Canadian Lotteries & USA Lottery games – in the past – only residents of Canada were allowed to play in any of the Canadian Lottery games including those run by the WCLC such as the Western 649 or any other Alberta Lottery game. You used to have to purchase your Western 649 tickets from an authorised retailer based in Canada itself.

Nowadays, though, with a good number of online lottery ticket sales agencies around the world like TheLotter who are both authorised and genuine - you are able to select your Western 649 numbers online and purchase your tickets from anywhere in the world.

This is great news of course if you live outside of Alberta or Canada and want to play the Western 649 & ensure your entry into the next draw or just want to have the convenience and ease of being able to buy lottery tickets online.

Once you have entered into the draw, you can then quickly and easily check the Western 649 Results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky winners.

With Alberta Lotteries you will need to be at least 18 years of age to play any of the Alberta Lottery or WCLC games including the Western 649.

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What are the Western 649 Odds ?

You can check the odds of winning on the Western 649 here in the easy-to-read, odds calculation table.

From matching 6 of the main Western 649 numbers drawn right down to matching just 3 main numbers – you can be a winner on the Alberta Lottery – Western 649.

The overall odds of winning any prize on the Western 649 from the Western Canada Lottery Corporation are 1 in 27.3.

WESTERN 649 ODDS

Prize Level

Match

Win

Odds / Wager

1

6 of 6

CAN$ 1,000,000

1 in 6,991,908

2

5 of 6 + Bonus Number

CAN$ 50,000

1 in 1,165,319

3

5 of 6

CAN$ 500

1 in 27,747

4

4 of 6

CAN$ 50

1 in 517

5

3 of 6

CAN$ 10

1 in 29

How Are Western 649 Prizes Paid ?

If you become the lucky winner of an Alberta Lottery – Western 649 jackpot, the AGLC will pay your winnings to you in the form of a tax free cash lump sum.

You will have 1 year from the date on which the draw was made, in which to claim your prize – after which your Alberta Lottery ticket will become invalidated.

Prizes of up to CAN$ 200 can be claimed from any Alberta Lotteries retailer.

If your win with is between CAN$ 200 and CAN$ 1,000 you will be able to claim your prize from certain Alberta Lottery retailers or from the AGLC Prize Payout Office.

If you have won between CAN$ 1,000 & CAN$9,999 on the Western 649 – you will be able to claim your winnings at one of two AGLC Prize Payout Offices in either Calgary or St.Albert.

Should your Alberta Lottery – Western 649 – win be CAN$ 10,000 or more – you will need to call the Alberta Liquor & Gaming Corporation to make an appointment to validate your win and claim your prize.

Of course – if you play lottery online – whatever the size of your win, you needn’t be concerned with any of these details. Your online lottery ticket sales agency will take care of everything for you when you buy lottery tickets – whether you use TheLotter or any other reputable company.

Other Alberta Lottery Games…

There are numerous other games offered by Alberta Lottery through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC – in addition to the national Lotto 649 and Lotto MAX and regional Western 649.

These include Pick 3, PAYDAY and Keno – sports betting with Sport Select – and various Scratch ‘n’ Win games.

Where the Money Goes…

The Alberta Government’s share of net proceeds from sales of all lotteries in Alberta – like the Lotto 649, Lotto MAX and Western 649 – plus revenue from other gaming activities such as VLTs, slot machines, electronic Bingo – goes into the Alberta Lottery Fund from where it is distributed to support various community and public initiatives throughout Alberta.

Alberta Lottery Fund…

The Alberta Lottery Fund is used to benefit all areas of life for people living in Alberta. Areas that receive Alberta Lotteries funding and support include – Health and Wellness programs, Education, Recreation and Cultural initiatives.

Every year, thousands of charity, non-profit and volunteer organisations receive Alberta Lotto Fund support.

Community facilities that benefit from Lottery Alberta support include – Libraries, Museums, Sports & Athletic events, Major Exhibitions, Arts & Culture Groups, Agricultural Societies, Wildlife & Conservation projects, Public Athletic Facilities, Historical Resources and Senior’s Groups’ Recreation.

Public initiatives that receive support from Lotto Alberta monies include Water Management infrastructure, School renewal & construction, Transportation projects, Post-Secondary facilities & Health Care facility construction.


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Alberta Lotteries Timeline – History

1892
Gambling under certain circumstances in Alberta was allowed due to a change in the Criminal Code of Canada.

1910
Games of chance were permitted in Alberta – including pari-mutuel betting, providing profits went to charitable causes – due to another change to the Criminal Code of Canada.

1920s
Bingo is played in church halls and church basements and horse racing becomes popular within Alberta.

1950s
Lucky 7 pull tickets are sold illegally right through to the 1970s when the sale of pull tickets became legal.

1967
The first charitable casino in Alberta opens at the annual fair in Edmonton.

1969
Lotteries and sweepstakes are authorized to take place in Alberta due to a change in the Criminal Code of Canada.

1970s
Sweepstakes are held at the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition and at Edmonton’s Northlands Park.

1974
The WCLCWestern Canada Lottery Corporation was founded as a not-for-profit organization for the purposes of operating Canadian Lottery games in the western provinces of Canada – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta Lotteries, Manitoba Lotteries, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Yukon Lotteries and Sportnorth are all WCLC members.

1975
The first non-profit casino was opened in Alberta at a Kinsmen Club in Edmonton.

The first Alberta Lottery ticket is put on sale – the Western.

1979
Alberta Lotteries are now entirely under provincial authority.

1980
The first privately owned, permanent, charitable casino in Alberta opens in Calgary – called Cash Casino.

1981
The second privately owned, permanent, charitable casino in Alberta opens in Edmonton – called Casino ABS.

1982
Lotto 649 is launched across Canada in June by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – and is sold as an Alberta Lottery game through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC. It is the first nation-wide Canadian Lottery game to be launched.

1985
Mechanical gaming devices are permitted to be used in Alberta due to a change in the Criminal Code of Canada.

1986
A new casino opens in Edmonton – the Casino ABS South – now the Casino Edmonton.

1988
A new casino opens in Calgary – the Frontier Casino which became the Stampede Casino.

The Alberta Lottery Fund is established.

1989
Trout Springs in Calgary operates Alberta’s first Horseracing simulcast.

Calgary sees another new casino opening – the Elbow River Casino.

1990
Gaming in Alberta sees the introduction of Teletheatre betting.

Another new casino opens – this time the Palace Casino in Edmonton.

1991
VLTs – Video Lottery Terminals are tested at summer fairs in both Calgary and Edmonton.

1992
The official introduction of the Video Lottery Terminal program takes place.

1993
A new facility in Lethbridge is opened by Casino ABS.

1994
The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – launch a second nation-wide Canadian Lottery in May – the Lotto Super 7. The Lotto Super 7 is immediately sold by the AGLC though the WCLC.

A new casino is opened in St.Albert – Gold Dust Casino.

A new, temporary casino is opened – Fort McMurray Casino – now Boomtown Casino.

1995
This year sees the formation of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission – AGLC – following the merger of the Alberta Liquor Control Board, Alberta Lotteries, the Alberta Gaming Commission, Alberta Lotteries & Gaming and the Gaming Control Branch.

A new casino is opened on a permanent basis in Red Deer – Cash Casino.

1996
The AGLC introduce slot machines into Charitable Casinos in Alberta.

The AGLC bring in Satellite Bingo.

The Horse Racing industry is given a boost by the formation of the Alberta Racing Corporation.

A new casino opens in Edmonton – the Baccarat Casino.

Calgary sees a new casino opening – Frank Sisson’s Silver Dollar Casino.

Medicine Hat has a new casino open – Casino by Vanshaw.

1997
Casino Calgary opens.

Reed Deer sees a new casino open – Jackpot Casino.

1999
In Alberta – the Ministry of Gaming is created – which incorporates the Department of Gaming, the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission – AGLC – the Community Lottery Program Secretariat and the Alberta Gaming Research Council

Grande Prairie sees the opening of a new casino – the Great Northern Casino.

2000
A new agreement by the governments of Alberta – Alberta Lotteries – Manitoba – Manitoba Lotteries – and Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Lotteries is signed with the WCLC – Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

The largest gaming facility opens in Edmonton as the Casino Yellowhead.

Fort McMurray’s Boomtown Casino is made permanent.

2002
The Community Lottery Board program is ceases and in its place – the Community Initiatives Program commences on June 24th with a view to committing CAN$ 30 Million per year over the next 3 years.

November sees the Lotto 649 celebrating its 20th Anniversary by holding a special CAN$ 6.49 Million draw at a Canadian Football Grey Cup game.

2003
The website for the Alberta Lottery Fund is live which sees funding through to the foundations and granting programs it supports, rise by 25%.

The AGLC introduce Keno and DIGI Bingo into Alberta bingo halls.

2004
In May, the nation-wide Canadian Lottery – Lotto 649 – is revamped by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. It becomes a CAN$ 2 game and will produce much greater jackpots and provide even more opportunities for players to win.

The largest Lotto 649 jackpot won to date – CAN$ 29.14 Million – is won in Ontario in August.

2005
A new casino opens in Calgary – Deerfoot Inn.

In October the Lotto 649 produces a record CAN$ 54.3 Million which was won by 17 oil and gas plant workers from Camrose, Alberta. This was also a record figure for all Canadian Lotteries. For this record draw it was estimated that 2 out of every 3 Canadians purchased Lotto 649.

2006
A new casino is opened by the AGLC on the Enoch Reserve near Edmonton – the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Edmonton sees the opening of another casino – the Century Casino & Hotel.

Alberta’s Ministry of Gaming is discontinued and the AGLC comes under the auspices of the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Public Secretary in Alberta.

August sees the Lotto 649 produce the 2nd largest Canadian Lottery jackpot to date – with CAN$ 43.2 Million won between winners in Ontario and Quebec.

2007
The AGLC opens new casinos – Casino Camrose and on the Cold Lake First Nation – Casino Dene.

Another First Nation casino opens near Calgary on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation – the Grey Eagle Casino.

2008
Two more First Nations casinos open – one in Kananaskis – the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino and the other in Whitecourt – the Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza.

2009
The very last Lotto Super 7 draw is held on September 7th as the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – ceases the game to make way for a new, even better nation-wide Canadian Lottery.

The ILC introduce a brand new countrywide Canada Lottery game – called the LOTTO MAX on Friday September 18th with the first LOTTO MAX draw taking place on Friday September 25th. Jackpots would start at an amazing CAN$ 10 Million and regularly climb to an amazing. The LOTTO MAX is sold from the outset by the AGLC.



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