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Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation

The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation – OLGC or more commonly known as the OLG – is the Canadian Lottery company that runs and organises Canadian Lotteries within the Canadian province of Ontario.

As well as running Ontario Lotto games – the OLG operates casinos and slot machines at many different sites throughout the Ontario.

The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation is owned by the government of Ontario, Canada and has been operating in the Province now for over 30 years – having started life as the Ontario Lottery Corporation – OLC – before merging with the Ontario Casino Corporation – OCC – in April 2000.

The OLC has its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.

Ontario Lottery Corporation – Overview

The Ontario Lottery began life as the Ontario Lottery Corporation – OLC – in February 1975 when it was formed by the provincial government of Ontario, Canada.

In its early days the OLC offered just one regional Canadian Lottery game – WINTARIO – which had its very first draw on May 15th 1975 and was incredibly popular right up until it was discontinued in late 1996.

In November 1978 – the Ontario Lottery Corporation began another new lottery game – LOTTARIO – which is still very popular today before – in June 1982 – it joined Canada’s Inter Provincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – and began to offer the nation-wide Canadian Lottery game – Lotto 649.

The Lotto 649 was and still is the most popular of all Canadian Lotteries both in Ontario and across Canada. The ILC launched another nation-wide Canadian Lottery – the Lotto Super 7 in May 1994 – which Ontario Lottery also sold throughout the province until it was discontinued by the ILC in September 2009.

The third national Canadian Lottery to be offered by the Ontario Lotto is the LOTTO MAX which was introduced by the ILC in September 2009 to replace the Lotto Super 7.

Ontario Lottery Corporation – Games

Lotto 649

By far and away the most well known and most popular out of all the many Canadian Lotteries is the countrywide Canadian Lottery – the Lotto 649.

The Lotto 649 is a game that is available right across Canada (as well as overseas with some online lottery ticket companies) and has produced the largest Canadian jackpot ever and – at times – as many as 2 out of every 3 Canadians have bought lottery tickets for the game.

The nation-wide Lotto 649 game began in Canada back in 1982 with the very first Lotto 649 tickets being sold right across the country on June 4th 1982. 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 that allowed players to pick their own numbers. Previous Canadian Lotto games used pre-printed serial numbers on tickets but the 649 Lottery now 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 10.30pm EST.

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. You can check the latest Lotto 649 rollover here.

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 will need to select your own 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 further 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.

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 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 latest Lotto 649 results.

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

Who Can Play Lotto 649?

As with most Canada Lottery & 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 Ontario Lottery Games. You used to have to purchase your Lotto 649 tickets from an authorized 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 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 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.

In Ontario itself you will need to be at least 18 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 Ontario 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 your lottery ticket will become invalidated.

If you have won less than CAN$ 300 – you will be able to claim your prize from any Ontario Lottery retail outlet.

If you have won between CAN$ 301 and CAN$ 999 – you will be able to claim your prize from select Ontario Lottery Retail outlets and OLG Slots and Casinos.

If you have won from CAN$ 1,000 to CAN$ 9,999 – you will need to make your claim at either select OLG Slots and Casinos who will then courier your winning ticket to the Toronto Prize Center or at the Toronto Prize Center itself.

If you have won from CAN$ 10,000 to CAN$ 250,000 – once again – you will need to make your claim at either select OLG Slots and Casinos who will then courier your winning ticket to the Toronto Prize Center or at the Toronto Prize Center itself.

If you have won CAN$ 250,000 or more – you will need to make your claim at the Ontario Lottery Corporation Toronto Prize Center.

If you play lottery online, though, 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.

Ontario 49

The other main lottery draw-style game in the Ontario Lottery portfolio is the Ontario 49 which is particular to the province of Ontario.

The Ontario 49 is a provincial game that is only available to lottery players in Ontario – and through the Ontario Lottery Corporation.

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

The Ontario 49 began life back in 1997 when it was launched by the Ontario Lottery Corporation in September of that year as a new, 50 cents a game, online lottery.

Ontario 49 – Overview

The Ontario 49 is a traditional draw-style, pick 6 lottery game offered by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation. It is a premier Ontario-only game from the OLC and is an Ontario Lotto that gives you the chance to win CAN$ 1 Million for just 50 cents – twice every week.

The game uses a matrix of 6/49 and the OLGC make the draw every Wednesday and Saturday at 10.30pm EST from their HQ Toronto.

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.

Ontario 49 – How It Works…

The Ontario 49 from Ontario Lottery Corporation uses what’s known as a 6/49 matrix – which means that when playing this 649 Lottery – you need to select 6 numbers out of a pool of numbers from 1 to 49 – if you match all 6 numbers drawn then you will be an Ontario 49 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 and used in the second prize category.

In addition to the jackpot itself, there are 4 further ways in which you can win on the Ontario 49 – 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 50 cents you get to choose your set of 6 numbers.

A Quick Pick facility is available when playing the Ontario 49 – similar to the Lucky Dip option that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s Euro Millions or the Quick Pick of most other Canadian Lotteries and USA Lottery games. This means that you can ask your Ontario Lotto retailer or the computer to randomly select all your Ontario 49 numbers for you.

So, playing the Ontario 49 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 – and then check on the latest Ontario 49 results.

What are the Ontario 49 Odds?

You can check the odds of winning on the Ontario 49 here in the easy-to-read, odds calculation table.

From matching 6 of the main Ontario 49 numbers drawn right down to matching just 3 main numbers – you can be a winner on the Ontario 49.

The overall odds of winning any prize on the Ontario 49 is 1 in 54.

ONTARIO 49 ODDS

Prize Level

Match

Win

Odds / Wager

1

6 of 6

CAN$ 1,000,000

1 in 13,983,816

2

5 of 6 + Bonus Number

CAN$ 50,000

1 in 2,330,636

3

5 of 6

CAN$ 500

1 in 55,492

4

4 of 6

CAN$ 50

1 in 1,033

5

3 of 6

CAN$ 5

1 in 56.7

How Are Ontario 49 Prizes Paid?

Jackpots won on the Ontario-only – Ontario 49 – are all paid out by the Ontario 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 your Ontario Lotto ticket will become invalid.

If you have won less than CAN$ 300 – you will be able to claim your prize from any Ontario Lottery retail outlet.

If you have won between CAN$ 301 and CAN$ 999 – you will be able to claim your prize from select Ontario Lottery Retail outlets and OLG Slots and Casinos.

If you have won from CAN$ 1,000 to CAN$ 9,999 – you will need to make your claim at either select OLG Slots and Casinos who will then courier your winning ticket to the Toronto Prize Center or at the Toronto Prize Center itself.

If you have won from CAN$ 10,000 to CAN$ 250,000 – once again – you will need to make your claim at either select OLG Slots and Casinos who will then courier your winning ticket to the Toronto Prize Center or at the Toronto Prize Center itself.

If you have won CAN$ 250,000 or more – you will need to make your claim at the Ontario Lottery Corporation Toronto Prize Center.

Other Ontario Lottery Games…

Other games to be offered by the Ontario Lottery Corporation as well as the nation-wide Lotto 649 and Ontario 49 are the LOTTO MAX, Lottario, PAYDAY, Daily Keno, Pick 4, Pick 3 and ENCORE.

Apart from these lottery games there are many different Instant Games and Sports Games that the OLGC have to offer.

Ontario Lottery Corporation Timeline – History

1975
In February the Ontario Lottery Corporation – OLC – was created by the Ontario Provincial Government.

In April the first Ontario Lottery game is sold when the OLC launched WINTARIO – a game which remained incredibly popular with Ontario Lottery players right up until it was discontinued in 1996.

The inaugural game – WINTARIO – enjoys its first regular broadcast with the live WINTARIO television show in October.

The original Ontario Lottery – WINTARIO – game had a top prize of CAN$ 200,000 and was drawn every 2nd Thursday as part of a live television show that moved to various provincial Ontario towns and communities.

1976
In March – Ontario Lottery first year operational profits are CAN$ 43 Million.

1978
The first OLC online terminal lotto game – LOTTARIO – is launched in November. It remains a mainstay in the Ontario Lottery portfolio right to this day.

1979
In December – the total sales of OLC products exceed CAN$ 1 Billion after just under 5 years of operation.

1982
Lotto 649 is launched across Canada in June by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation – ILC – and is sold by Ontario Lottery. It is the first nation-wide Canadian Lottery game.

In September – the Ontario Trillium Foundation is formed to distribute Ontario Lottery funding via the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation.

1984
In March OLC’s first CAN$ 2 Instant game – SHOOT TO SCORE – is launched.

1984 also sees Ontario Lottery Corporation profits that have been paid back to the province of Ontario – reach CAN$ 1 Billion.

1986
In July the OLC is relocated to Sault Ste. Marie from Toronto.

1989
January sees the launch of PICK-3 – a daily lottery from the Ontario Lottery Corporation.

In November the OLC launch a game that can be played in conjunction with the Lotto 649ENCORE.

Lottery funding for the running of Hospitals is made available from December by the Ontario Lottery Corporation.

1990
In July – OLC funding is extended to include environmental protection.

1992
Ontario Lottery Corporation’s first CAN$ 5 Instant ticket – ONTARIO INSTANT MILLIONS – launches in February.

Also in February the first CAN$ 1 Instant ticket from the OLC – LUCKY 7’s – is launched.

October sees the launch of PRO-LINE – the new online Sports Lottery from SPORT SELECT.

1993
In September – the OLC launches their first CAN$ 3 Instant ticket game – INSTANT BINGO.

In December – the Ontario Government sanctions the formation of the OCC – Ontario Casino Corporation – and elects Windsor, Ontario to be the place to pilot Ontario’s first commercial casino.

1994
April see the formal establishment of the OCC – Ontario Casino Corporation.

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 Ontario Lottery Corporation.

Also in May, the first OCC casino opens in downtown Windsor, Ontario.

1995
SPORT SELECT launches the OLC game – OVER/UNDER – in January.

The CAN$3 Scratch off game – INSTANT KENO – is launched by the OLC in April.

In May – the Ontario Lottery Corporation marks its 20th Anniversary.

December sees the launch of the OCC’s first riverboat casino – the Northern Belle Casino.

1996
A new, daily lottery is launched in April – the DAILY KENO.

In July – Casino Rama opens near Orilla – north of Tornoto.

August sees POINT SPREAD from SPORT SELECT being launched.

Casino Niagara at Niagara Falls is opened in December in what used to be a retail complex.

In the fall of 1996 the Ontario Lottery Corporation discontinued the WINTARIO game which had generated more than CAN$ 2.4 Billion in revenue – more than CAN$ 1.1 Billion in prize money – and been a flagship game since its inception in April 1975.

1997
North America’s first computer-based, electronically-linked Bingo game – SUPERSTAR BINGO is launched in March.

In September – ONTARIO 49 is launched by the Ontario Lottery Corporation. ONTARIO 49 is a 50 cent a play, online lottery that quickly becomes a flagship game played twice a week.

1998
The largest single prize to be won to date on any Canadian Lotteries is won in Ontario in March – CAN$ 22.5 Million.

In July, the first pilot casino at Windsor is replaced by permanent one.

December sees the first Ontario Racecourse Slot facility opened at Windsor Raceway.

1999
The OCC opens Ontario’s first Charity Casino in May – the Casino Sault Ste. Marie.

Another Charity Casino is opened by the Ontario Casino Corporation at Brantford in November.

2000
In January – the first Canadian Lottery to offer an annuity top prize is launched by the Ontario Lottery Corporation – CASH FOR LIFE. With the new CASH FOR LIFE game – lottery players can win CAN$ 1,000 a week for life.

Point Edward Charity Casino is opened in April.

Also in April – a new online, daily lottery is launched – WINNER TAKE ALL – a game that produces a nightly jackpot winner.

April also sees the Ontario Lottery Corporation – OLC – and the Ontario Casino Corporation – OCC – government-merged to become the OLGC – the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

In June the OLGC begin constructing a 4 star, 300 room hotel and entertainment centre – the Casino Rama Resort Hotel – a project valued at CAN$ 225 Million.

The largest Bingo prize to date in Canadian Lottery history is paid out in June – CAN$ 835,503.76 on the SUPERSTAR BINGO game.

Another charity casino is opened in August – the Thunder Bay charity casino.

2001
The OLGC make ENCORE into a nightly lottery game in May – which is available to play in conjunction with all online Ontario Lottery games except the Sports Lotteries.

July sees the opening of the Casino Rama entertainment centre.

2002
In June – the nation-wide Lotto 649 reaches its 20th anniversary and in the same month – the Thousand Island charity casino opens.

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

2003
In August – the OLGC launches its new “Play Responsibly” message – “Know your limit, play within it!”

2004
May sees the ILC upgrading its national game – the Lotto 649 – to offer larger jackpots and more frequently.

In June – the Niagara Fallsview casino resort opens – a CAN$ 1 Billion entertainment complex.

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

In October the ENCORE game is upgraded by the OLGC to offer a new prize category and a top prize of CAN$ 1 Million.

2005
Only the 2nd ever Canadian national INSTANT game is launched in February – SPECIAL 7.

A new Scratch & Win ticket is introduced in April by the OLGC in partnership with the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association and the Ontario Harness Horse Association – DAILY DOUBLE.

PAYDAY is launched by the OLGC in May – a new CAN$ 2 weekly lottery with a top prize of CAN$ 1,000 a week for life.

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
January saw the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation launch a new Instant lottery – QUEST FOR GOLD – with 10 top prizes of CAN$ 1 Million.

A new PICK-4 lottery is introduced in February offering the chance to win a daily top prize of CAN$ 5,000.

Also in February – a 3rd National Instant game – SPECIAL 8 – was launched with more than CAN$ 45 Million in prizes to be won.

In June the OLGC launch a new CAN$ 20 national lottery ticket – GRAND PRIX CASINO – with a CAN$ 35 Million prize pool including 20 top prizes of CAN$ ½ Million.

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.

QUEST FOR GOLD 2 – a 2nd edition of the CAN$ 20 Instant ticket game is launched by the OLGC in August.

In September – OLG is used for the first time as a new brand name by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.

2007
The Instant lottery ticket category for the OLG sets record sales figures of CAN$ 708.3 Million in March.

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 Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation.

2012
On November 30th the biggest ever win in the history of Ontario Lottery games occuured when Kathryn Jones from Cambridge won CAN$ 50 Million on the LOTTO MAX.

Where the Money Goes…

Profits made by the Ontario Lottery Corporation from the proceeds of Ontario Lotto tickets go straight back into the communities from where it came – namely the people of Ontario – benefiting the province’s community in a variety of different ways.

In the tax year ending 2009 alone – as well as making lottery players in Ontario CAN$ 1.6 Billion better off – the OLGC generated CAN$ 3.8 Billion in revenues and contributed CAN$ 1.9 Billion to various good causes in the province of Ontario.

Areas to benefit from Ontario Lotto & Gaming funding in this period included local and provincial charities who received CAN$ 110 Million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

CAN$ 10 Million went to support amateur athletes through the Quest for Gold program and Health related programs, Hospitals and other provincial priorities benefited to the tune of CAN$ 1.8 Billion.

Other areas to benefit are local and community music events and other local charities.

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