1. WHAT IS LOTTO 6/49?

LOTTO 6/49 is Canada’s classic national lottery game. It gives players a chance to win the main jackpot prize that starts at $5 million and grows until somebody wins! It also offers a $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw and other cash prizes. 

2. HOW IS LOTTO 6/49 PLAYED AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Players can purchase a LOTTO 6/49 play for $3 at retail or online at PlayOLG.ca. Each play offers a chance to win the multi-million-dollar jackpot, the $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw and other cash prizes. Players can choose to play by using the Quick Pick option or by selecting their own set of six numbers between 1 and 49. ENCORE can be added for $1 per play.

3. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING A PRIZE WITH LOTTO 6/49? 

The overall odds of winning are 1 in 6.6. The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately 1 in 13.9 million. To view the odds for the various other prize categories, please visit the LOTTO 6/49 Odds & Payouts page.

4. WHAT IS THE PRIZE PAYOUT ON LOTTO 6/49?

The total prize payout to players is 47 per cent of sales. The main prize fund is funded by 40 per cent of sales. The $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw is funded by 7 per cent of sales. 

5. IS COMBINATION PLAY AVAILABLE WITH LOTTO 6/49?

Yes. Players can choose to play 5, 7, 8 and 9 number combination play on LOTTO 6/49.

6. IS ADVANCE PLAY AVAILABLE WITH LOTTO 6/49?

Customers can play up to 26 weeks (52 draws) with Advance Play. See the LOTTO 6/49 selection slip or ask your lottery retailer for details.

 

7. CAN I PLAY ENCORE WITH LOTTO 6/49?

Yes, ENCORE is available for purchase with LOTTO 6/49.

8. HOW LONG DO LOTTO 6/49 PRIZE WINNERS HAVE TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE?

Prizes can be claimed for up to one year from the draw date.

 

9. What happens to LOTTO 6/49 prizes that go unclaimed?

Unclaimed prizes on national lottery games like LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX are returned to players through guaranteed jackpots and bonus draws.

10. ARE THERE OFFICIAL RULES FOR LOTTO 6/49?

Yes. LOTTO 6/49 Game Conditions can be found on OLG.ca under Lotteries.

Guaranteed Prize Draw

 

1.  What is the $1 Million GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW?

The $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw offers LOTTO 6/49 players a chance to win $1 million from an extra selection on each ticket. By drawing only from selections issued, there will always be a winning selection for the Guaranteed Prize Draw. This draw is included in every $3 LOTTO 6/49 play at no extra cost.

2. WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF WINNING THE $1 MILLION GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW?  

The odds for the Guaranteed Prize Draw are determined for each draw by the total number of selections issued across Canada. For example, if 5 million LOTTO 6/49 plays are issued, there would be 5 million selections for the $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw, which means the odds of any one selection being drawn would be 1 in 5 million.

 

3. CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT THE $1 MILLION PRIZE WILL ALWAYS BE AWARDED? 

No. A prize can only be awarded after a winning ticket is presented for validation and approved for payment. While most lottery prizes are claimed by customers – especially when the prize is $1 million or more – there is always some possibility that a winning ticket might not be presented for payment or that the prize claim is not approved.

4. WHY DOES MY GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW SELECTION ALWAYS START WITH A 4 OR A 5?

The first digit of the Guaranteed Prize Draw selection identifies the region where the ticket was issued. All OLG selections begin with a 4 or 5, indicating that the ticket was issued in Ontario. No two Guaranteed Prize Draw selections are the same for any given draw. 

5. WHY DOES MY GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW SELECTION ALWAYS END IN “01”?

The last two digits of your Guaranteed Prize Draw selection identify the number of selections purchased on a ticket. For example, a customer who purchases a single LOTTO 6/49 play always has a Guaranteed Prize Draw number ending in “01.”  If the ticket contains multiple plays, the player receives multiple Guaranteed Prize Draw selections – the first eight digits are the same for all selections; the two-digit number following the hyphen starts at 01 and increases by one for each additional selection on the ticket.

6. WHY CAN'T I CHOOSE MY OWN GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW SELECTION? 

To ensure there is only one winning Guaranteed Prize Draw selection, every selection must be unique.  If customers were to choose their own selections, there would always be the possibility that two players could have the same winning Guaranteed Prize Draw selection, and therefore have to split the $1 million prize. 

7. I PURCHASED MULTIPLE LOTTO 6/49 PLAYS ON THE SAME TICKET, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE I’VE ONLY GOT TWO GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW SELECTIONS. WHY ARE THERE NOT MORE SELECTIONS FOR THE GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW?

Whenever a LOTTO 6/49 ticket is issued with three or more plays, the Guaranteed Prize Draw selections appear as a range.

For example, if you purchased a 5-number combination, you receive 44 LOTTO 6/49 regular selections and 44 Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections.

The Guaranteed Prize Draw selections on your ticket would appear as:

FROM:            12345678-01

 TO:                12345678-44

 

8. DO I GET A DIFFERENT GUARANTEED PRIZE DRAW SELECTION FOR EACH DRAW INCLUDED IN AN ADVANCE PLAY PURCHASE? 

Same as with the regular selections for the main draw, with an Advance Play purchase you will have the same Guaranteed Prize Draw selections entered into each Guaranteed Prize Draw that is included in your Advance Play purchase.  Each draw is an independent, random draw and so there is no effect on your odds of winning the Guaranteed Prize Draw – the odds on each draw are always dependent on the number of selections issued for that draw.

9. HOW ARE LOTTO 6/49 DRAWS CONDUCTED?

LOTTO 6/49 draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday and are conducted using Random Number Generator (RNG) technology that has been independently tested and certified by an internationally recognized and accredited tester. The Guaranteed Prize Draw is also conducted using RNG.

RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR

1. WHEN DID YOU START USING RANDOM NUMBER GENERATORS (RNG) INSTEAD OF BALL DRAWS FOR THE NATIONAL GAMES?

The lottery-draw process for LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 was modernized and simplified by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) in May 2019 to offer our players the best gaming and entertainment experience possible.

RNG draws are becoming more common for lottery draws worldwide and are often used for games with multiple draws that require results more quickly. 

Draws for WHEEL OF FORTUNE, DAILY GRAND, the Guaranteed Prize draw feature of LOTTO 6/49 and the MAXMILLIONS feature of LOTTO MAX are also conducted using Random Number Generator software. It is also used for the instant win component of POKER LOTTO and MEGADICE.

 

2. HOW DOES THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR METHOD WORK?

The ILC RNG system uses a proprietary algorithm to generate random numbers. The RNG used is independently tested and certified for its effectiveness in generating random results and its integrity. A number of checks and balances are performed to ensure draw security and are witnessed by external auditors (Grant Thornton LLP). An additional external auditor performs a parallel draw from a separate geographical location (Deloitte).

 

3. HOW SECURE ARE RNG DRAWS?

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI) reviewed and tested the Random Number Generation (RNG) software that is used to conduct the RNG components of the LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and DAILY GRAND games and certifies that the RNG software exhibits random behavior and is suitable for the application of the lottery draws stated.

A number of checks and balances are performed to ensure draw security and are witnessed (Grant Thornton LLP) and verified (Deloitte), by two external auditors, located in two separate geographical locations.

 

4. WHO IS THE INDEPENDENT CERTIFIER FOR THE RNG TECHNOLOGY?

Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI) reviewed and tested the RNG software that is used to conduct components of LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and DAILY GRAND draws. GLI certifies that the RNG software exhibits random behavior.

 

5. ARE YOU ABLE TO WATCH RNG DRAWS? ARE THEY AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE?

Animated videos depicting the draw results for LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49 and DAILY GRAND are available to watch on OLG.ca after the draw takes place.

 

6. WHY AREN’T THE ENCORE NUMBERS INCLUDED AT THE END OF THE NEW ANIMATED DRAW VIDEOS?

These new videos are in a different format than the previous draw videos. In the past OLG would add the ENCORE draw results to the video once received from ILC. With this new format, we are unable to edit the video without having the ENCORE results appear out of place. Customers can still watch ENCORE draw videos and see ENCORE results by visiting the ENCORE page of OLG.ca.

 

Download the official LOTTO 6/49 Game Conditions. Download the official Interprovincial Lottery Corporation Rules and Regulations Respecting Lotteries and Lottery Tickets and the Supplemental OLG Rules and Conditions to Interprovincial Lottery Corporation Games. While efforts are made to ensure that the rules are accurate and up to date, the game conditions cannot always reflect changes. The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) reserves the right to change these game conditions, with or without notice and at such times and in such manner as ILC deems appropriate.