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Atlantic Lottery Corporation

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation – ALC – is the Canadian Lottery company that runs and organises Canadian Lotteries within the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

It services the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Labrador plus Prince Edwards Island and Newfoundland and the Atlantic Lotto Corp. is owned jointly by these provincial governments with its HQ located in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Provincial Canadian Lottery companies which founded and currently make up the Atlantic Lottery Corp. are – New Brunswick Lotteries & Gaming Corporation, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Prince Edward Island Lotteries Commission and the Province of Labrador and Newfoundland.

100% of all profits made by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation is returned each year to the communities that it serves.

Atlantic Lottery Corporation – Overview

Atlantic Lottery was born on September 3rd 1976 when the 4 provincial governments concerned – formed the Atlantic Lottery Corporation with a view to provide regional Canadian Lotteries within its provinces.

In the early days the ALC offered just its own regional Atlantic Lotto games until June 1982 when it joined Canada’s Inter Provincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – and began to offer the nation-wide Canadian Lottery game – Lotto 649 – within New Brunswick, Nova Scotia plus Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canada’s most popular lottery – Lotto 649 – was then also introduced into the province of Prince Edward Island in November 1983.

The Atlantic Lottery Corporation produces more than 90,000 winners every single day with its impressive array of Atlantic Lotto games.

The Atlantic Lotto Corp is a valued member of world lottery industry associations such as the NASPL – North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries and the WLA – World Lottery Association.

Atlantic Lottery Corporation – Games

Lotto 649

The Lotto 649 is certainly the most well known and most played out of all the Canadian Lotteries.

It is a game that is available across the whole of Canada (as well as overseas) and has produced the largest Canadian jackpot ever and at times, as many as 2 out of every 3 Canadians have bought tickets for the game.

The nation-wide Lotto 649 game began in Canada back in 1982 with the very first tickets being sold right across the country on June 4th 1982. The first jackpot available was half a million Canadian dollars.

The game's initial drawing took place on June 12th 1982 and was the first Canadian lottery game that allowed players to choose their own numbers. Previous games available used a method of serial numbers on tickets but the 649 Lottery now made these types of lottery tickets a thing of the past.

Lotto 649 – Overview

The Lotto 649 is the 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 10.00pm Atlantic Time.

The jackpot normally starts at a figure of $3.5 million and if this jackpot figure is not won, the sum will be added onto the next 649 Lotto draw by way of a jackpot rollover.

The jackpot will then increase in size draw after draw until the top prize is finally won meaning that this Canada Lotto results in some massive jackpot figures quite frequently.

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

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, you need to select 6 numbers from a pool 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 extra ways in which you can win on this Canadian Lottery - 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.

An “Insta Pik” 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 USA and Canada lottery games – which means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your 649 Lotto numbers for you.

Playing the 649 Lotto is simple…just select your own 6 numbers or request them to be randomly generated for you by using the “Quick Pick” option and then check the Lotto 649 results.

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

Who Can Play Lotto 649?

As with most Canada lotto & USA Lotto games, previously only citizens living in Canada itself were allowed to play in any of the Canadian lottery games including those run by the ILC such as the Lotto 649. You used to have to purchase your Lotto 649 tickets from an authorized retailer based in Canada.

Nowadays, though, with a good number of online lottery ticket sales agencies around the world like TheLotter who are both authorized 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 Canada and want to play the Lotto 649 and ensure your entry into the next draw or just want to have the convenience 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.

In Atlantic Canada you will need to be at least 19 years of age to play any of the Atlantic Lottery games including the Lotto 649.

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What Are the Odds for Lotto 649?

You can check the odds of winning on the 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 Lotto 649.

The overall odds of winning any prize on the 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 Lotto 649 Prizes Paid?

Jackpots won on the Canada-wide Lotto 649 are all paid out by the ILC member provinces – including the Atlantic Lottery Corporation – 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 the unclaimed winnings will be returned to players in the form of prizes.

If you have won less than CAN$ 250.00 – you will be able to claim your prize from most Atlantic Lottery retailers.

If you have won up to CAN$ 9,999.99 – you will be able to claim your prize from any branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces.

If you have won CAN$ 10,000.00 or more – you will need to make your claim at one of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation offices.

Of course, if you play lottery online whatever the size of your win may be, lottery ticket sales companies such as TheLotter will take care of all these details for you – including providing you with the any of the most up to date Canadian lottery results.

Atlantic 649

The other primary lottery draw-style game in the Atlantic Lottery portfolio is the Atlantic 49.

The Atlantic 49 is a regional game that is only available to lottery players in Atlantic Canada – and through the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

It is billed as Atlantic Canada’s Million Dollar game as you can win a Million Dollars twice a week with Atlantic 49 draws every Wednesday and Saturday.

The Atlantic 649 began life as the ATLANTIC 6/49 back in 2002 when it was launched by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation in November of that year – its name was changed to the Atlantic 649 in June 2004.

Atlantic 649 – Overview

The Atlantic 649 is the traditional draw-style, pick six lotto game of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation. It is the Atlantic-only premier game from the ALC and is an Atlantic Lotto that gives you the chance to win CAN$ 1 Million for just 1 dollar – twice each week.

The game uses a matrix of 6/49 and the ALC make the draw every Wednesday and Saturday at 10.00pm Atlantic Time from their HQ in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The jackpot is constant at a figure of CAN$ 1 Million and does not rollover if it is not won. If the jackpot is won by more than one winner it is shared.

Atlantic 649 – How It Works…

The Atlantic 649 from Atlantic Lottery uses what’s known as a 6/49 matrix – which means that when playing this 649 Lottery, you need to select 6 numbers from a pool of numbers from 1 to 49 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be an Atlantic 649 jackpot winner.

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

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

For just CAN$1 you can chose 2 sets of 6 numbers.

An Insta Pik facility is available when playing the Atlantic 649 – similar to the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s EuroMillions or the Quick Pick of most USA Lottery and Canadian Lottery games. This means that you can ask your Atlantic Lotto retailer or the computer to randomly select all your Atlantic 649 numbers for you.

So, playing the Atlantic 649 is easy…just select your own 6 numbers or request them to be randomly generated for you by using the Insta Pik option and then check the Atlantic 649 results.

What Are the Odds for Atlantic 649?

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

From matching 6 of the main Atlantic 649 numbers drawn right down to matching just 3 main numbers - you can be a winner on the Atlantic 649.

The overall odds of winning any prize on the Atlantic 649 is 1 in just 27.

ATLANTIC 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$ 64,900

1 in 1,165,319

3

5 of 6

CAN$ 649

1 in 27,747

4

4 of 6

CAN$ 64

1 in 517

5

3 of 6

CAN$ 6

1 in 29

How Are Atlantic 649 Prizes Paid?

Jackpots won on the Atlantic 649 are all paid out by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation in the form of tax free cash lump sums.

You will have 1 year from the date on which the draw was made, in which to claim your prize – after which the unclaimed winnings will be returned to players in the form of prizes.

If you have won less than CAN$ 250.00 – you will be able to claim your prize from most Atlantic Lottery retailers.

If you have won up to CAN$ 9,999.99 – you will be able to claim your prize from any branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces.

If you have won CAN$ 10,000.00 or more – you will need to make your claim at one of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation offices.

Other Atlantic Lottery Games…

Other games to be offered by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation as well as the nation-wide Lotto 649 and Atlantic 649 are the Lotto MAX, Bucko, Keno Atlantic, Salsa Bingo, Pik 4 and Twist.

Atlantic Lottery Corporation Timeline – History

1976
On September 3rd the Atlantic Lottery began with the formation of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation by the 4 provincial Canadian Atlantic Governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & Newfoundland and Labrador.

The very first Atlantic Lotto game was launched – “A-1” – which was a CAN$1 game sold in books of 5 tickets. Draws for the “A-1” took place every 2 weeks and were televised with members of the public being allowed to press the buttons to start the draw ball machines.

1982
In June the Atlantic Lottery Corporation became members of the ILC – the Inter Provincial Lottery Corporation – who administer and run the biggest Canadian Lotteries of all – the nation-wide games that are played right across Canada. The Atlantic Lotto Corp. began to offer the most popular Canadian Lotto game – the Lotto 649 – to people living in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador.

1983
In November the ALC introduced its first Instant Lottery game called “Tic Tac Toe” and in the same month began offering the countrywide Lotto 649 within the province of Prince Edward Island.

1988
In May the Atlantic Lottery Corp launched an additional game to the Pik 4 and Lotto 649 called “TAG”. This being an add-on game where only 1 winning number is drawn per game. For an additional CAN$ 1 the computer will pick a number for you using a random number generator which means you can win an extra amount in addition to the main Canadian Lottery jackpot game that you are playing – this extra TAG prize now is up to CAN$ 100,000 and you can play it 7 days a week.

June saw the launch of the first Atlantic Lotto CAN$ 2 Scratch ‘n’ Win game which was called Banco.

1989
In September it became possible for Atlantic Lotto players to purchase lottery tickets for up to 10 draws in advance on the Lotto 649 with the introduction of the Advance Play feature.

October saw the first Atlantic Choice draw being held.

1990
In March – “Breakopen” lottery tickets were included by Atlantic Lottery retailers in their portfolio of products.

December saw the launch of Video Lottery from the ALC in New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador

1991
Video Lottery was launched in Nova Scotia in May and then in Prince Edward Island in August.

In October – the Atlantic Lottery Corporation became the first lottery company in the world to launch an instant game based upon the Bingo concept when it launched the CAN$ 2 Scratch ‘n’ Win game – Bingo.

1992
From March – Atlantic Lotto players were allowed to claim any Atlantic Lottery prize up to CAN$ 10,000 at any branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia within the Atlantic region.

1994
Another big-game introduction into the Atlantic Lottery portfolio took place in May when the Lotto Super 7 – from the ILC – was introduced into the ALC range of games and began to be sold by Atlantic Lotto retailers.

Another new game was introduced in September when PRO-LINE sports game was launched in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

1995
A big development took place in June when the Atlantic Lottery Corporation website was launched.

1996
The PRO-LINE sports game was introduced in October to the provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Crossword – a CAN$ 2 Scratch ‘n’ Win ticket game was launched by the ALC.

1999
The TAG game feature was introduced in the Atlantic region as an add-on game to the nationwide Lotto Super 7 in February giving players extra chances to win each draw.

2000
January saw the Atlantic Lottery network of lottery retailers begin to use computer based lottery terminals.

2001
In February a new game was launched by Atlantic Lottery – “Set For Life” – a Scratch ‘n’ Win game which offered a top prize of either CAN$ 1,000 per week for a period of 25 years or a lump sum of CAN$ 675,000.

October saw a game change with the Atlantic Choice now becoming the KENO Atlantic with draws taking place every day plus an increase in the number of prizes and ways in which you could win.

2002
The add-on option of TAG became available on the KENO Atlantic in May plus the option of players being able to purchase up to 10 TAG numbers per ticket.

August saw the launch of a second Sports game by Atlantic Lottery – OVER/UNDER.

A great new addition to the ALC portfolio occurred in November when the popular regional lottery – ATLANTIC 6/49 – was launched. The ATLANTIC 6/49 offered a top prize of CAN$ 1 Million with players getting 2 lots of numbers for just CAN$ 1.

Also in November Atlantic Lottery launched its own special rewards club completely free – eClub Rewards – offering special benefits and promotions.

2004 In June the ATLANTIC 6/49 became the Atlantic 49 and could either be played as a game on its own or in conjunction with the Lotto 649.

Also in June – the ILC revamped the Lotto 649 – introducing a new prize category and offering even larger jackpot prizes.

PlaySphere was launched by Atlantic Lotto in August meaning that players could now buy lottery tickets online.

2005
Atlantic Lotto began offering interactive games through PlaySphere in April.

2006
A new game was launched by the Atlantic Lottery in February – Bucko – a CAN$1 draw game to take place every day with a CAN$ 20,000 top prize.

In August the third Sports lottery game was launched – GameDay Pick ‘em Pool.

2007
PlaySphere has new games added in May – iBingo and Pick ‘n’ Click.

In June – an add-on game for Lotto Super 7 was launched by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation – “Twist”. Up to CAN$ 107,000 could be won for an extra CAN$ 1 by adding “Twist” when playing the Super 7 Lotto.

2008
In April a new game called Salsa Bingo was launched whereby players would receive 2 player cards produced by the lottery terminal.

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 nationwide 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.

2013
The biggest lottery win to be achieved in the history of the Atlantic Lottery occurred on January 25th 2013 when Gordon and Betty Collins from Placentia, NL scooped a CAN$ 30 Million Lotto Max jackpot.

Where the Money Goes…

100% of all the profits made by the Atlantic Lottery Corporation go straight back into the communities from where it came – with volunteering and sponsorship, various charities, events and festivals plus many other organizations – the ALC works hard to benefit the Canadian Atlantic population.

Initially – all Atlantic Lotto profits made – are sent to the provincial governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

From there the governments use this money for the likes of education, roads, social programs plus many other things like literacy programs.

Atlantic Lottery sponsors in excess of 600 events and festivals every year including those for many non-profit organizations.

The ALC have long been sponsors of the Canada Games’ Team Atlantic and are regional sponsors of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the United Way.

Another partnership the Atlantic Lotto has undertaken – is its relationship with the Candian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Tour for the Cure.


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