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. For full details on LOTTO 6/49, please visit the LOTTO 6/49 page or a lottery retailer.

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

Players can purchase a LOTTO 6/49 play for $3 through lottery retailers 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 numbers between 1 and 49. 

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

The overall odds of winning are 1 in 6.6. 

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. 

Prize Payout 

5. 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. After that time, a prize is expired and cannot be claimed.

6. 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.

 

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

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

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

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

 

9. CAN I PLAY ENCORE WITH LOTTO 6/49?

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

10. How are the proceeds of lotteries used? 

Proceeds from lottery products are returned to the provincial and territorial governments across Canada, and are used to fund priority programs and services, as determined by each provincial or territorial government.

11. WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO PLAY LOTTO 6/49?

More information on LOTTO 6/49 can be found in the Lotteries section, as well as at lottery retailers. 

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 and does not cost extra.

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? 

A prize can only be awarded after a winning ticket is presented for validation and approved for payment. While the vast majority of 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 Guaranteed Prize Draw is set up so the first digit 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. Can a player opt out of the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw?

Players are automatically issued a Guaranteed Prize Draw selection with every LOTTO 6/49 play purchased.  There is no way to purchase a ticket that does not include a Guaranteed Prize Draw selection.

7. 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. 

8. 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.

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

         FROM:            12345678-01

            TO:                12345678-44

This means that your ticket has 44 entries for the Guaranteed $1 million Prize draw and also includes the same number with all the trailer numbers between 1 and 44.

 

9. 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.

 

 

RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR

1. WHY ARE YOU CHANGING FROM TRADITIONAL BALL DRAWS TO RANDOM NUMBER GENERATORS (RNG)?

We are modernizing and simplifying the lottery-draw process to offer our players the best gaming and entertainment experience possible.

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

Many of your favourite national lottery games already use Random Number Generator software, including WHEEL OF FORTUNE, DAILY GRAND, the Guaranteed Prize draw feature of LOTTO 6/49 and the MAXMILLIONS feature of LOTTO MAX. It is also used for the INSTANT win component of POKER LOTTO and MEGADICE.

Effective May 2019, ILC draws for LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 will also occur using Random Number Generator (RNG) software.

2. HOW DOES THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR METHOD WORK?

The ILC RNG system uses a seed value and an algorithm to generate random numbers. A seed is an initial value that is input into the random number generator algorithm to start the process of random number generation.

3. HOW SECURE ARE RNG DRAWS?

Third-party experts have tested and certified the RNG software for randomness. When the software starts, an integrity check is performed on the system to ensure that no changes have been made that could affect the random outcome of the draw. A number of other checks and balances are performed to ensure draw security and are witnessed by third-party experts – including two draw auditors (Grant Thornton and Deloitte) 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. WHEN WILL LOTTO MAX AND LOTTO 6/49 DRAWS TRANSITION TO THIS METHOD?

The RNG draw method for LOTTO MAX will start with the first draw of the revised game taking place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. LOTTO 6/49 will begin on Wednesday May 15, 2019.

6. IS OLG GOING TO USE RNG TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL THEIR DRAWS?

No. OLG draws such as LOTTARIO, ONTARIO 49, DAILY KENO, POKER LOTTO, MEGADICE, ENCORE and PICK 2, 3 and 4 still use ball machines for draws. 

7. WHAT OTHER DRAWS USE THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR METHOD?

Many of your favourite lottery games already use Random Number Generator software, including WHEEL OF FORTUNE, HIT OR MISS, DAILY GRAND, the Guaranteed Prize Draw feature of LOTTO 6/49 and the MAXMILLIONS feature of LOTTO MAX. It is also used for the INSTANT win component of POKER LOTTO and MEGADICE.

OLG draws such as LOTTARIO, ONTARIO 49, DAILY KENO, POKER LOTTO, MEGADICE, ENCORE and PICK 2, 3 and 4 still use ball machines for draws.

8. HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT THE PLAYER?

Players will continue to enjoy their favourite lottery games, with no changes to any game conditions.

 

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

Animated videos will be available to watch on OLG.ca after the draw takes place.

 

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.