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Please note that ILC ceased operations of the Super 7 Lotto with effect from September 18th 2009. The ever popular Canadian Lottery Flagship game - Lotto 649 - is still going strong, though and you can continue to buy lottery tickets online for this game from lottery ticket sales agencies such as TheLotter.com.

Lotto Super 7

The Lotto Super 7 is one of the most well known and most frequently played of all the Canadian lottery games.

It is a lottery game that is available across the whole of Canada (as well as abroad) and has produced record Canadian jackpots over the years.

The Super 7 Lotto was launched on June 10th 1994 by the ILC, after it recognized just how popular its initial lottery offering – Lotto 649 – had become since it began in 1982.

So, along with the Lotto 649, the Super Lotto 7 is one of the two national Canadian lotteries, with both being incredibly popular with the countries’ lottery playing public.

Interprovincial Lottery Corporation - ILC

The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation is based in Toronto, Ontario and is made up of 5 lottery commissions from the various Canadian provinces and these 5 Canadian lottery companies jointly own the ILC.

The provincial Canadian lottery companies that make up the ILC are the BC Lottery, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, the Ontario Lottery and Gambling Corporation, Loto-Quebec and the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

The ILC was created in 1976 by these provincial Canadian lotto companies to oversee and operate country-wide lottery games right across Canada and today it operates the 2 massive Canadian Lotteries – Lotto 649 & Lotto Super 7 as well as the Millionaire Life game.

Each provincial Canadian lottery company is responsible for marketing the national ILC games of Lotto 649 & the Super 7 lotto within their own province.

Lotto Super 7 – Overview

The Lotto Super 7 is a traditional draw-style, pick seven lotto game of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. It is one of the ILC’s premier games 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 7/47 and the ILC make the draw once per week on Fridays at 9.30pm EST in Toronto, Ontario.

The jackpot normally starts at a figure of a healthy $2.5 million and if no-one matches all 7 numbers and the jackpot figure is not won, the sum will be added onto the next Lotto Super 7 draw by way of a “rollover”.

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

We are very pleased that we have reviewed the Canadian Lottery - Lotto Super 7 - and would recommend anyone either inside or outside of Canada to have a go on it – first of all, though, take a look at how this game works below…

How It Works…

The Canadian lottery – Lotto Super 7 – uses what’s known as a 7/47 matrix - which means that when playing the Super 7 lottery, you need to select 7 numbers from a pool of balls numbered from 1 to 47 – if you match all 7 numbers drawn then you will be a jackpot winner.

As well as the 7 main numbers, a 8th number is drawn. This is the bonus number and is drawn after the 7 main numbers.

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 6 main numbers plus the bonus number, 6 main numbers, 5 main numbers, 4 main numbers, 3 main numbers plus the bonus number or even just 3 main numbers.

A “Quick Pick” facility is available when playing the Super 7 - 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 USA and Canada lottery games – which means that you can ask the lottery retailer or computer to randomly select all your Lotto Super 7 numbers for you.

3 Plays per Entry…

You will actually get 3 entries for your playing fee of just $2. Firstly, the 7 numbers that you have selected yourself and then 2 different sets of 7 numbers that have been automatically selected by the computer – great value for money.

So, playing the Super 7 is simple…just select your own 7 numbers or request them to be randomly generated for you by using the “Quick Pick” option and then check the Lotto Super 7 results.

If you use the Super 7 Lotto “Quick Pick” option, the computer will automatically select all 3 lines of 7 numbers for you.

The cost of playing this Canadian lottery is $2 CAD per play.

Random Number Generator

Unlike many of the USA & Canadian lotteries today that use a Random Number Generator (RNG) to make their draws, the ILC still uses the traditional method of numbered rubber lottery balls to draw their Lotto Super 7 game.



Who Can Play?

Similar to the majority of 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 Super 7. You used to have to purchase your Super 7 tickets from an authorized retailer based in Canada.

Nowadays, though, with a good number of online lottery ticket sales companies available such as TheLotter who are both authorized and genuine - you are able to select your Lotto Super 7 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 this lottery 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 easily check the Super 7 results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky winners.

Like nearly all of the other USA & Canada 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 Super 7 Lotto – apart from the province of British Columbia where players must be at least 19 years of age.

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Please note that ILC ceased operations of the Lotto Super 7 with effect from September 18th 2009. The ever popular Canadian Lottery Flagship game - Lotto 649 - is still going strong, though and you can continue to buy lottery tickets online for this game from lottery ticket sales agencies such as TheLotter.com.

Information & Background

With their first country-wide lottery game, the Lotto 649 - which was launched in 1982 - having become such a roaring success in Canada, the ILC made the decision to introduce a second game that was to be offered right across the country.

So, in June 1994, the Lotto Super 7 was launched with a formula similar to that of the Lotto 649 but with a slightly different matrix of 7/47.

At the time of writing, since it began, the most frequent number to be drawn on Lotto Super 7 has been number 35. The least frequent number to be drawn has been number 20.

Drawings for the ILC Super Lotto 7 take place each week in Toronto, Ontario and the Lotto Super 7 results are available in many places both on and offline including newspapers, television, radio and at the retailers.

What Are The Odds?

The odds of winning on the Lotto Super 7 are very competitive when compared to other country-wide US & Canadian lotteries, such as the Lotto 649.

The chances of winning the jackpot are 1 in 20.96 million – for these odds you could be one of the lucky Super 7 lotto jackpot winners.

For one of the prizes on the second level, the odds come in at 1 in 2.99 million.

The likelihood of winning a third tier prize comes in at 1 in 76.79 thousand and for a prize on the fourth tier the odds are reduce right down to just 1 in 1,280.

With there being so many different ways to win on this lottery, prizes are available also, on tiers 5, 6 & 7.

The odds for a fifth tier prize are 1 in just 60.6, with the 6th tier level being 1 in 65.5 as it includes matching the bonus number and the odds of grabbing a 7th tier prize are just 1 in 7.3.

The overall odds of you winning any prize in a Lotto Super 7 draw are a very reasonable 1 in just 17.

These are great overall odds for a national jackpot game that produces thousands of cash winners every week.

Record Jackpots…

The largest jackpot produced by the Lotto Super 7 was in May 2002, when $37.8 million was won and shared by 4 lucky winners.

At the time, this was the largest jackpot created in Canadian lottery history.

That honour now goes to the Lotto 649 which produced a whopping $54.3 million jackpot in October 2005.

How Are Jackpots Paid?

Jackpots won on the Canada-wide Lotto Super 7 are all paid out by the ILC member provinces in the form of a cash lump sum.

This differs slightly from many USA lotteries where winners can chose either a cash lump sum or annuity option.

As this lottery is available in different provinces across Canada, the rules vary slightly depending upon which province you have purchased your ticket in.

However, generally, you will have 1 year from the date on which the draw was made, in which to claim your prize.

In most provinces, you can clam lower tier prizes direct from the lottery retailer – the amounts vary from province to province. For larger wins you will need to make your

claim at the lottery regional offices of the province where you purchased your ticket form.

If you have selected the correct Canadian lottery numbers and have won a Super 7 Lotto jackpot, you will need to make your claim at the lottery Headquarters of the province where you obtained your ticket.

If you buy your tickets in Quebec, you will need to make sure that you sign your lottery ticket at the time you make your purchase.

Of course, if you play lottery online, whatever the size of your win, your lottery ticket sales agency will take care of all these details for you – including notifying you of your chosen Canadian lottery result - so you needn’t be concerned, whether you use TheLotter or any other reputable company.

How The Provinces Benefit…

Proceeds from the sales of Super 7 Lotto tickets are retained by the province in which those sales were made.

Revenues generated by the lottery generally go to the government where they are used to benefit many different areas of life within the province including education, social and health care.


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Please note that ILC ceased operations of the Lotto Super 7 with effect from September 18th 2009. The ever popular Canadian Lottery Flagship game - Lotto 649 - is still going strong, though and you can continue to buy lottery tickets online for this game from lottery ticket sales agencies such as TheLotter.com.

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