1. HOW HAS ONTARIO 49 CHANGED?

Starting with the Wednesday, May 7, 2014 draw, players have more ways to win on ONTARIO 49 with bigger prizes, new prizes and better odds of winning. ONTARIO 49 now offers a Jackpot of $2 million - the only lotto game to offer a life-enhancing $2 million top prize for just $1 per play - plus a $10 prize instead of $5 for matching 3 of 6 numbers, a new $3 prize for matching 2 of 6 numbers plus the Bonus, and a new Free Play prize for matching just 2 of 6 numbers.

With all these prize improvements, ONTARIO 49 now has better overall odds at 1 in 6.6 (from 1 in 54).

With these enhancements, the new ONTARIO 49 is $1 per play.

2. WHY HAS THE PRICE INCREASED?

Player interest in ONTARIO 49 has remained strong, but we are always looking for ways to improve our games and keep customers interested. The change in price allows for all the prize improvements while still providing great value for a low cost per play. ONTARIO 49 is the only game that gives players the chance to win a $2 million Jackpot on a $1 play.

3. WHEN DID SALES BEGIN FOR THE NEW ONTARIO 49?

Sales began Sunday, May 4, 2014.

4. WHEN IS/WAS THE FIRST DRAW FOR THE NEW ONTARIO 49?

The first draw is/was Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

5. DO YOU STILL PLAY THE GAME THE SAME WAY?

Yes. The New ONTARIO 49 still plays the same way, but with some bigger prizes and new prizes. Players choose six numbers from a field of 1 to 49, or get a Quick Pick – with draws taking place Wednesdays and Saturdays. The difference in the price per play allows for extra ways to win, including: two new prize categories and a bigger, $2 million Jackpot.

6. HAS THE PRIZE PAYOUT CHANGED?

The total prize payout to players on ONTARIO 49 has increased to 49.54% (from 47.73%).

 

7. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING?

With the new $3 prize and Free Plays, ONTARIO 49 now offers many more ways to win. The overall odds of winning are 1 in 6.6 on the new format - an improvement from 1 in 54 on the previous format.

8. IS ADVANCE PLAY AVAILABLE ON THE NEW ONTARIO 49?

Yes. Customers can play up to 52 draws (26 weeks) in advance with the new ONTARIO 49.

9. CAN I STILL PLAY ENCORE WITH THE NEW ONTARIO 49?

Yes. ENCORE continues to be available for purchase with ONTARIO 49.

10. IS COMBINATION PLAY STILL AVAILABLE WITH THE NEW ONTARIO 49?

Yes. Players can choose to play 5, 7, 8 and 9 number Combination Plays on the new ONTARIO 49.

11. HAS THE DRAW TIME CHANGED WITH THE NEW FORMAT?

The time of the draws remains the same as before, with the draws taking place shortly after the ticket purchase cut-off time on the evening of the draw. Ticket purchase cut-off time is 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

12. WHAT HAPPENS TO PRIZES THAT GO UNCLAIMED?

Unclaimed prizes are directed to profits paid to the provincial government to benefit the people of Ontario.

13. WHAT IS COMBINATION PLAY?

Combination Play allows a player to have multiple selections and be eligible for multiple prizes. 5, 7, 8 and 9 number Combination Plays are available. Players must use a Combination Play selection slip for this option. Go to the ONTARIO 49 Combination Play game page for more information.

14. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CLAIM MY PRIZE?

Prizes must be claimed within one year of the draw date.

15. HOW ARE THE DRAWS CONDUCTED?

Draws take place on Wednesday and Saturday nights with sales closing at 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on draw nights. Six winning numbers and one bonus number are drawn using the traditional lottery ball-drop method. Draws take place at the OLG Prize Centre at 20 Dundas St. West in Toronto.

16. WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ON HOW TO PLAY?

Information on ONTARIO 49 can be found in the Lotteries section of www.OLG.ca, as well as at retail. Lottery retail locations have take-one tear pads describing the new game and retailers can print out How to Play guides for customers through the lottery terminal.