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Canadian Lotteries Lotto 6 49

The Lotto 6 49 is certainly the most well known and most widely played out of all Canadian Lottery games.

It is a game that is available across the whole of Canada as well as abroad and has produced the largest jackpot to date in Lottery Canada history at CAN$ 63.4 Million plus at times, as many as 2 out of 3 Canadians have bought tickets for it.

The Lotto 6 49 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 first draw took place on June 12th 1982 and was the first Canadian Lottery game that allowed players to choose their own numbers. All of the previous Canadian Lotteries used a method of serial numbers on tickets but the new 649 Lottery now made these types of lottery obsolete.

Originally the Lotto 649 was drawn just once per week on Saturdays – until 1985 when it began drawings on Wednesdays becoming a twice weekly game. This increase in drawings led to double the amount of tickets being sold right across the nation.

The Lotto 649 is one of the two games organized and run by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation ILC in Canada. The ILC is the organization that runs country-wide Canadian Lottery games.

Interprovincial Lottery Corporation ILC

The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation is based in Toronto, Ontario and is made up of 5 Canadian Lottery commissions representing the various Canadian Provinces and these 5 Canadian Lotto companies in turn jointly own the ILC.

The Provincial Canada Lottery companies that make up the ILC are the BC Lottery, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Loto Quebec and the Western Canada Lottery Corporation WCLC.

The ILC was created in 1976 by these provincial Canadian Lottery companies to oversee and operate country-wide lottery games right across Canada and today it operates the 2 huge Canadian Lotteries – Lotto 649 & Lotto Max and in the past was also in charge of the Lotto Super 7 and Millionaire Life games.

Each of the Provincial Canadian Lottery companies is individually responsible for marketing the Lotto 649 and Lotto Max nationwide ILC games within their own Province.

Lotto 649 Overview

The Lotto 649 is the traditional draw-style, pick six lotto game of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation in Canada. It is the ILC flagship game and is a Canada-wide lottery that gives you the chance to win huge jackpots every week for just 3 dollars.

The game uses a matrix of 6/49 and the ILC make the draw twice per week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.30pm Eastern Time in Toronto, Ontario.

The Lotto 6 49 jackpot starts off at a minimum of CAN$ 5 Million and if the top prize is not won it will rollover and the increase will be added onto the next 649 Lotto jackpot pool.

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

We are very pleased that we have reviewed the Canadian Lottery Lotto 6 49 and would recommend that anyone either from inside or outside of Canada give it a go. First of all though let's take a look at how this game works below…

Lotto 649 How it Works

The Canadian Lottery – Lotto 649 – uses what’s known as a 6/49 matrix which means that 6 main numbers are drawn out of a number range from 1 to 49. In addition to the 6 main numbers – a Bonus Number is then also drawn which is used to determine the prize winners on the 2nd and 6th levels of the prize structure.

This means that when you are playing the Lotto 6 49 you need to select 6 numbers out of a range of numbers from 1 to 49. If you match all 6 numbers drawn you will be a jackpot winner.

In addition to the jackpot itself there are 6 other ways in which you can win on this 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, 2 main numbers plus the Bonus Number or even just 2 of the main numbers.

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, Europe’s EuroMillions and most other Canada Lottery and US Lottery games. This means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to automatically select all your Canadian Lottery numbers for you using their lotto number picker random number generator.

Unlike many of the US Lottery & Canada Lottery games today that use a Random Number Generator (RNG) to make their draws  the ILC still uses the traditional method of numbered rubber lottery balls for the drawing of their 649 Lotto game.

The cost of playing this Canadian Lottery is CAN$ 3 per play.

Lotto 649 Who Can Play?

As with most Canada Lotto & USA Lottery games only citizens living in Canada itself were previously  allowed to play in any of the Canadian Lotteries including those run by the ILC such as the Lotto 6 49, LottoMax and the now defunct Lotto Super 7. In the past you would have had to purchase your Lotto 649 tickets from a retailer based in Canada.

Nowadays though with a good number of online lottery ticket sales agencies around the world like TheLotter which are both authorized and genuine you are able to select your Canadian Lotto 649 numbers online and purchase your tickets without worrying about where in the world you may live.

This is great news of course if you live outside of Canada and want to play the Lotto 6 49 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.

Like nearly all of the other US Lotteries & Canadian Lotteries you will need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to purchase a ticket for any of the ILC games including the 649 Lotto – except in the Province of British Columbia and the Atlantic Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Labrador, and Newfoundland where players must be at least 19 years of age.

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Lotto 649 Numbers Canadian Lottery Results

The Lotto 649 Canada is drawn in Toronto by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at approximately 9.10pm Eastern Time.

There are various ways you can check out the very latest winning Lotto 649 numbers and numerous other Canadian Lottery Results to see if you have become one of the lucky winners.

The Lotto 649 results can also be found at all Canadian Lottery retailers and will be published in numerous daily and weekly newspapers across Canada as well as being broadcast on radio and shown on television station CP24 in Ontario.

Video recordings of the Lotto 6 49 results can also be viewed on the official websites of each of the ILC member Canadian Lotto companies olg.ca for the Ontario Lottery, wclc.com for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, bclc.com for the BC Lottery, lotoquebec.com for LotoQuebec and alc.ca for the Atlantic Lotto.

You can also come back to Global Lottery Review at any time to check up on the latest Canadian Lottery Results as well as any past Canadian Lottery numbers that you may wish to see.

Lotto 649 Odds of Winning

The odds of winning on the Lotto 6 49 are very competitive when compared to other nationwide US Lotteries & Canada Lotteries like Lotto Max, Mega Millions and Powerball.

The chances of you winning the Lotto 6 49 jackpot are 1 in 13.98 million by matching all 6 of the main winning numbers – for these odds you could be one of the lucky Lotto 649 jackpot winners.

For a 2nd level prize the odds come in at 1 in 2.33 million for matching 5 of the main winning numbers plus the Bonus Number.

The likelihood of you winning a prize on the 3rd tier comes in at a better 1 in 55,492 for matching 5 of the main winning numbers and for a prize on the 4th tier the lottery odds are reduced right down to just 1 in 1,033 for selecting 4 of the main winning lotto numbers.

The odds for a 5th tier prize are 1 in just 57 for choosing 3 of the main winning numbers with the odds of a 6th tier win for matching 2 of the main numbers plus the Bonus Number being 1 in 81.

The odds of you winning on the 7th and final prize level are 1 in 8 for matching just 2 on the main winning lottery numbers.

The overall odds of you winning any prize in a 6 49 Lotto draw are a very reasonable 1 in 6.6.

Lotto 649 Record Jackpots

The biggest Lotto 649 jackpot to date has been a massive CAN$ 64 MILLION which was won by a single winning ticket purchased in Mississauga, Ontario for the October 17th 2015 drawing. This stupendous sum now also takes the record as being the biggest win in the history of Canadian Lottery games.

The above record win overtook the huge CAN$ 63.4 MILLION that was shared between 4 very lucky ticket holders 3 from the Province of British Columbia and 1 from the Province of Alberta on April 13th 2013. This now stands as the 2nd largest jackpot to have been won on the Lotto 649.

The 3rd biggest jackpot to have been won so far on the Lotto 6 49 has been a huge CAN$ 54.3 MILLION which was won back on October 26th 2005 by 17 oil and gas plant work colleagues from Camrose, Alberta. For this record draw at the time, 2 out of every 3 Canadians are believed tp have purchased tickets for the game.

The 3rd highest Lotto 6 49 jackpot won to date occurred on February 21st 2009 when the top prize was CAN $ 50.3 MILLION and was shared by 4 winners – 3 from Ontario and 1 from Quebec.

Lotto 649 How Prizes are Paid

All prizes including the Lotto 6 49 jackpot are paid out by the individual ILC member Provinces in the form of tax free cash.

You will have 1 year from the date of the draw to make your winning prize claim before your ticket will become invalid.

As the 6 49 Lottery is available across all the Provinces throughout Canada the rules vary slightly regarding the claiming of prizes depending upon which Province you have purchased your lotto ticket in. 

For example...

In Ontario you can claim prizes of up to CAN$ 1,000 at any Ontario Lottery retailer. Prizes of up to CAN$ 9,999 may be claimed by mail, prizes of up to CAN$ 250,000 can be claimed from certain OLG Slots & Casinos and more than CAN$ 250,000 in prizes must be claimed at the Toronto Prize Center.

In Quebec you can claim prizes of up to CAN$ 600 from any LotoQuebec retailer whilst prizes of more than CAN$ 600 must be claimed at the Winners Payout Section of the Loto Quebec offices in Montreal or Quebec City.

In British Columbia prizes of up to CAN$ 200 can be claimed at most retailers as can prizes of up to CAN$ 999.99 if the funds are available. Prizes of up to CAN$ 9,999.99 can be claimed from Regional Prize Payout locations whilst CAN$ 10,000 or more in prizes must be claimed at the BC Lottery Corporation Offices in Vancouver or Kamloops.

In the Atlantic Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador plus Prince Edward Island – prizes of up to CAN$ 250 can be claimed from most Atlantic Lotto retailers, prizes from CAN$ 250 to CAN$ 9,999.99 can be claimed at any branch of the Novia Scotia Bank whilst CAN$ 10,000 or more in prizes must be claimed at an Atlantic Lottery Office in Moncton, Dartmouth or St. John’s.

In the Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Western Canada Lottery Corporation prizes of up to CAN$ 200 can be claimed at any Western Canada Lotto retailer, prizes of up to CAN$ 1,000 may be claimed at a Lottery Ticket Centre providing sufficient finds are available, prizes of between CAN$ 1,000 and CAN$ 9,999.99 may be claimed at the Prize Payout Offices in Calgary, St.Albert, Regina, Saskatoon or Winnipeg whilst an appointment will be necessary for prizes of more than CAN$ 10,000.

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 your chosen Canadian Lottery results so you needn’t be concerned.

Lotto 649 Where the Money Goes

Proceeds from the sales of Interprovincial Lottery Corporation lotto tickets – including the Lotto 6 49 Canada are retained by the Province in which those sales were made.

Revenues generated by these Lotto Canada games generally go to the government where they are subsequently used to benefit many different areas of life within that Province including education, social and health care.


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