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Manitoba Lotteries Corporation

The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation – MLC – is the Canadian Lottery company that distributes Canadian Lottery products within the Canadian province of Manitoba.

In addition to providing Manitoba Lottery games – the MLC operates 2 casinos in Manitoba and operates the provinces’ network of Video Lottery terminals.

The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation is a Crown corporation of the province of Manitoba and was formed back in 1993 superceding the original Manitoba Lotteries Commission which was established in 1971.

Manitoba Lottery products have been sold in the province since 1970 and the MLC has its headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Manitoba Lottery – Overview

Manitoba Lottery games sold consist of those Canadian Lotteries run and organized by the Western Canada Lottery CorporationWCLC – of which Manitoba Lottery is one of the members plus Saskatchewan Lotteries, plus Alberta Lottery, Yukon Lotteries and the Northwest Territories’ Sport North.

As a member of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC – the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation are also members of the ILC –Canada’s Interprovincial Lottery Corporation which organize and run the national Candian Lottery games.

So, in addition to regional Canadian Lotteries such as the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – Western 649 – the Manitoba Lottery portfolio includes country-wide games run by the ILC – Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – currently the Lotto 649 and the very recent Lotto MAX game.

Another national Canadian Lottery from the ILC that was sold through all Manitoba Lottery retailers was the Lotto Super 7 from May 1994 until it was discontinued in September 2009 to make way for the Lotto MAX.

Manitoba Lottery Games

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 Manitoba Lotteries 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 whole country on June 4th 1982. Manitoba Lottery sold tickets for this game from its outset. The first jackpot available was half a million Canadian dollars.

The very first 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.

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 at a figure of CAN$ 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. 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 frequently reach some truly massive jackpot figures.

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 popular 649 lottery 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 Manitoba Lottery – 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 Manitoba 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 Manitoba Lotteries 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 Manitoba Lottery or WCLC games. You would have had 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 over the internet and purchase your Lotto 649 tickets from anywhere in the world.

This is great news of course if you live outside of Manitoba 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 Manitoba Lotteries you will need to be at least 18 years of age to play any of the Manitoba Lottery or WCLC games including the Lotto 649.

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What Are the LOTTO 649 Odds?

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 Manitoba Lottery - Lotto 649.

The overall odds of winning a prize on the Manitoba Lotteries – Lotto 649 – are 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?

If you become the lucky winner of a Lotto 649 jackpot with Manitoba Lottery – you will have your winnings paid 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 Manitoba Lottery ticket will become invalidated.

You can generally claim lower tier prizes direct from your Manitoba lottery retailer. For larger wins you will need to make your claim at Manitoba Lottery regional offices.

If you have won a Lotto 649 jackpot and selected the correct Lotto 649 numbers, you will need to make your claim via the lottery Head Office of Manitoba Lotteries in Winnipeg.

Of course, if you play lottery online, whatever the size of your win, you needn’t be concerned with any of these details as your lottery ticket sales agent will take care of everything for you, so you don’t need to worry if you use TheLotter or any other reputable company.

Western 649

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

The Western 649 is a regional, pick six lotto game and is billed as Western Canada’s very own lottery – available with Manitoba Lottery, in the Prairie Provinces and the Territories – offering chances 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 member comapnies – Manitoba Lotteries, Alberta Lottery, as well as 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 Manitoba 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 your Manitoba 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 Manitoba.

The cost of playing the Western Canada 649 with Manitoba Lottery is CAN$1.

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 Manitoba Lotteries 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 Manitoba 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 Manitoba Lotteries you will need to be at least 18 years of age to play any of the WCLC games through Manitoba Lottery 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 lucky winner on the Manitoba 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 a Western 649 jackpot, the WCLC will pay your winnings to you in the form of a tax free cash lump sum.

If you win any prize on the Western Lotto 649 you will have up to 1 year from the draw date in which to claim your prize before your winning lottery ticket becomes invalid.

If your win with the Western Canada Lottery Corporation is up to CAN$ 1,000 you will be able to claim your prize from one of the WCLC lottery ticket sales centers across the region.

If you have won between CAN$ 1,000 & CAN$ 9,999,999 on the Western 649 – you will be able to claim your winnings at one of the WCLC Prize Payout Offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Should your WCLC win be CAN$ 10,000 or more, you will need to call the Western Canada Lottery 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 Manitoba Lottery Games…

There are numerous other Western Canada Lottery Corporation and Interprovincial Lottery Corporation games offered by the MLC.

In addition to the national Lotto 649 and Lotto MAX and regional lottery – the Western 649 there is Pick 3, PAYDAY and Keno – sports betting with Sport Select – and various Scratch ‘n’ Win games

Where the Money Goes…

Money raised by the sales of MLC products – including both the Western 649 & Lotto 649 – goes straight back to Manitoban province to benefit the lives of people across the region.

Areas to benefit from MLC funding include Health Care, Education, Community & Social Services and Economic Development.

In excess of 800 organizations and fundraising events receive support from the MLC each year.

Community events to receive MLC support include the Super Cities Walk for MS, Special Olympics Program of Excellence, Bike to Work Day, Manipogo Festival, Dominion City Summer Fest Days and Operation Red Nose.

Beneficiaries also include major entertainment and arts activities such as the Canadian Country Music Week & Awards and the CBC Comedy Festival.

The MLC also enjoys a partnership with the HFH – Habitat for the Humanity – and raises millions for the purposes of building homes in Manitoban HFH chapters.


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Manitoba Lotteries & Gaming Timeline – History

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

1970
The very first Canadian Lottery game was sold in Manitoba.

1971
The Manitoba Lotteries Commission is formed to run government lotteries within the province – this organization would become today’s Manitoba Lotteries Corporation in 1993 when it became a Crown corporation.

1974
The Western Canada Lottery Foundation – WCLF – is founded in as a non-profit organization for the purposes of operating Canadian Lotteries in the western provinces of Canada – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Founding members of the WCLF were Manitoba Lotteries, the Alberta Lottery, Saskatchewan Lotteries and the BC Lottery. Later provinces to join would be the Yukon with Yukon Lotteries and Sport North from the Northwest Territories.

1976
The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – is created by 3 provincial Canadian Lottery companies to oversee and operate country wide Canadian Lotteries. The Canadian Lotto companies that formed and make up the ILC are the Western Canada Lottery CorporationWCLCBC LotteryBCLC – and the Ontario Lottery and Gambling CorporationOLG.

1978
The Quebec Lottery company – Loto Quebec – joins the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – increasing membership of the ILC to 4 provincial Canadian Lottery companies.

1979
The Atlantic Lottery company – Atlantic Lottery CorporationALC – joins the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – further increasing membership of the ILC to 5 provincial Canadian Lottery companies.

1980
The Manitoba Lotteries Gaming Control Commission – MLGCC – and the Manitoba Lotteries and Gaming Licensing Board – MLGLB – are formed when the Lotteries and Gaming Control Act is passed in Manitoba.

1982
The Manitoba Lotteries Foundation – MLF – is formed replacing the Manitoba Lotteries and Gaming Control Commission – MLGCC – and the Manitoba Lotteries and Gaming Licensing Board – MLGLB – when the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation Act is passed in Manitoba.

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

1984
Sole responsibility for the distribution of Canadian Lottery games within Manitoba as well as casino operations is assumed by the MLF as its role changes from that of regulatory body to include the operation of gaming activities.

The MLF acquires 3 Bingo facilities in Winnipeg and becomes the sole distributor of official break open lottery tickets and Bingo paper.

1985
The BC Lottery company – BCLC – withdraws its membership of the WCLF – Western Canada Lottery Foundation.

1986
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC – replaces the Western Canada Lottery Foundatation – WCLF.

The MLC open a casino at the Winnipeg Convention Centre called Casino at the Centre.

1989
In December the MLC opens Canada’s first year round casino – the Crystal Casino at the Hotel Fort Garry.

The Winnipeg Convention Centre Casino is closed.

1990
Sports betting – now known as SPORT SELECT – is introduced into the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC – portfolio.

1991
In November the MLC introduce VLT’s – Video Lottery Terminals – into MLCC into rural Manitoba.

1993
The Manitoba Lotteries Corporation – MLC – is formed when it becomes a Crown Corporation – replacing the MLF.

The MLC open the Club Regent and McPhillips Street Station in June.

Video Lottery Terminals are introduced by the MLC into Winnipeg in September.

1994
The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – launch a second nation-wide Canadian Lottery in May – the Lotto Super 7. The Lotto Super 7 is sold by the MLC through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

1996
It is recommended by a report from the Lottery Policy Review Working Group that the MGCC – the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission – is established with the aim of keeping MLC regulatory and operational roles separate, thus avoiding any perceived conflicts of interest.

1997
The MGCC opens on October 20th in a regulatory capacity – with the MLC continuing to maintain its operational and marketing role on the Canadian Lottery gaming side.

1999
The Crystal Casino closes in July to make way for the opening of the revamped McPhillips Street Station and Club Regent casino sites.

December sees the formation of the First Nations Casino Project Selection Committee who’s job it is to choose proposals for up to 5 First Nations casinos.

2000
In May the First Nations Casino Project Selection Committee recommends its chosen proposals for 5 Manitoban First Nations casinos.

2001
In February talks begin with the 5 proposed First Nations casino operators.

2002
The first of the Manitoba First Nations casinos opens in February at Opaskwayak Cree Nation – the Aseneskak Casino.

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.

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 bigger jackpots and provide even more chances for players to win.

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

2005
Manitoba’s second First Nations casino opens in May – the South Beach Casino on the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation about half an hour north of Winnipeg.

In October the Lotto 649 produces a record CAN$ 54.3 Million jackpot 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
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 licensing of charitable Texas Hold’em Poker tournaments begins by the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission – MGCC – providing charities with a further opportunity for raising funds.

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 by the MLC through the Western Canada Lottery Corporation – WCLC.

November 6th 2009 saw the biggest jackpot win in Manitoba Lottery history when US$ 50 Million was won on the LOTTO MAX by Kirby and Marie Fontaine from Sagkeeng.


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