Best Lotto 6/49 Lottery in 2022/2023

Lotto 6/49 is one of 3 national lottery games in Canada. It is interprovincial and is registered by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. When it was first introduced, it started a revolution of the lottery in Canada; because it allowed the player to choose the numbers they wanted, the preprinted lottery tickets slowly started disappearing.

Previous national games, such as the Olympic Lottery, Loto Canada and Superloto, do not exist anymore because their concepts were less appealing to the population.

Best Lotto 6/49 Lottery in 2022/2023
Where to buy tickets for Lotto 6/49?

The ILC has 5 regional subgroups: Atlantic Lottery Corporation, British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Loto-Québec and Western Canada Lottery Corporation. There are a few differences throughout these regions regarding some details of the rules of Lotto 6/49.

On average, the Lotto 6/49 jackpot winner wins around 8.8M$. There is not only one winner per drawing; there is an unlimited number of winners since there are about 8 different ways to win when playing Lotto 6/49.

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Where to buy tickets for Lotto 6/49?

Where to buy tickets for Lotto 6/49?

It is possible to buy Lotto 6/49 tickets online on the official regional websites, on the different regional mobile apps as well as in a physical retailer that owns an ILC computer. These include grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores as well as other locations. Lotto 6/49 is a very popular lottery and is therefore very easy to find.

Where to buy tickets for Lotto 6/49?
History of Lotto 6/49

History of Lotto 6/49

Introduced on June 12, 1982, Lotto 6/49 is the first national Canadian lottery game that allows the player to choose the digits they want. When it was introduced, the player paid $1 per participation. To increase the jackpot, the participation cost was increased to $2 in 2004, and to $3 in 2013.

Nowadays, there is a minimum amount of money available to win in the jackpot: 5M$. There are 2 drawings every week. The jackpot is not guaranteed to be won at every drawing. If it is not claimed, the sales of the next draw are added to the 5M$ and so on. There is also a 1M$ prize guaranteed to be given out every drawing.

Throughout the years, the biggest jackpot won by a Lotto 6/49 player was in 2015, in an Ontarian city. The jackpot winner got his hand on 64M$, an amount of money that has not been reached again since then. On average, the jackpot is around 8.8M$ when a player claims it.

History of Lotto 6/49
How to play Lotto 6/49

How to play Lotto 6/49

  • Lotto 6/49 is easy to understand. As the name implies it, Lotto 6/49 is a selection of 6 digits between 1 and 49 that makes the player eligible for the jackpot. This is called the regular selection. The digits of the regular selection can be chosen by the player or randomly selected by the lottery computer.

  • There is also a selection for the guaranteed lot of 1M$, which is one number of 10 digits that is guaranteed to be on one of the tickets. The number of the guaranteed lot is always chosen randomly by the lottery computer to ensure that there is only one winner every time.

  • To win, the player must have two or more digits that match the ones that were randomly drawn for the regular selection, or the exact number of the guaranteed lot.

  • Lotto 6/49 is a variable jackpot lottery game. That means that it is possible that the jackpot digits were not given to a player. If it is not won, the money grows until it is won.

  • There are two drawings per week, on Wednesdays and on Saturdays. Each time, there are 7 regular selection digits that are drawn. The first 6 numbers are the winning numbers, and the last one is a bonus number. To win the big jackpot, your digits need to match the first 6 digits, but the order does not matter. On average, the jackpot is estimated to be at 8.8M$.

  • Every drawing, the guaranteed lot number is also drawn. It is a unique 10-digit number that gives 1 M$ to the player that has the same number on their ticket.

  • There are 6 other ways to win smaller lots: 5 digits matching (around $2,000 on average), 4 digits matching (around $80 on average), 3 digits matching ($10) and 2 digits matching (free ticket). The bonus number comes into account for the last 2 ways to win. If a player has 2 digits matching plus the bonus number, they win $5. If they have 5 digits matching plus the bonus number, the player wins around $111,000 on average.

How to play Lotto 6/49
What are the odds to win Lotto 6/49?

What are the odds to win Lotto 6/49?

The odds to win Lotto 6/49 vary according to the number of players. Overall, the odds of winning in any type of way when playing Lotto 6/49 are around 1/6,6. The odds of winning the big jackpot are around 1/14 000 000. The easiest prize to win is the free ticket, while the hardest is the big jackpot. To win the guaranteed lot, it is 1 on the number of participations.

What are the odds to win Lotto 6/49?
Payout options if you win

Payout options if you win

If the player wins less than $600, a physical retailer that owns an ILC computer can give out the money. Players must be careful, because once a ticket is validated by the retailer, only they or the ILC can give out the money. If the retailer does not have enough money, the winner will have to wait up to 6 weeks before receiving their money from the ILC.

If the player wins more than $600, there are 3 options to receive the money. The winner can either send his ticket in the mail, bring it to a claim centre or bring it to a casino. In the mail, it can take up to 6 weeks for the winner to receive the money. If the player won more than $1000, there are some documents that need to be filled out and sent or brought with the winning ticket.

If the ticket was bought online or on one of the apps, and the amount of money won is inferior to $25,000, it will be deposited in the account of the winner. If the amount of money is superior to $25,000, the ILC will directly contact the winner to explain the payment modalities.

Payout options if you win
Tips and tricks to play Lotto 6/4

Tips and tricks to play Lotto 6/4

It is possible to buy Lotto 6/49 tickets as a group and share the money between the participants. There are online groups as well as a group formula and a group convention. Online, there can be from 2 to 100 participants! The formula is from 2 to 20 participants and the convention is for more than 20 participants.

Every region has an add-on game that costs $1 and that can be combined to the Lotto 6/49 ticket. This game has 3 different names depending on the region: Tag, Extra or Encore. 4 digits in BC, 6 digits in the Atlantic region or 7 digits elsewhere are added to the Lotto 6/49 ticket.

If 4 out of the 4 digits match, the jackpot is of $500,000. If 6 out of the 6 digits match, the jackpot is of $100,000 and if 7 out of the 7 digits match, the jackpot is of $250,000 (in the Western region) or 1 M$ (in Ontario and in Québec). There are other small prices for fewer matching numbers.

In addition to the main Lotto 6/49 drawing, there are regional drawings: Québec 49, Atlantic 49, BC 49, Ontario 6/49, and Western 49. These drawings occur at the same time as the Lotto 6/49 drawings and offer comparable prize. These local drawings give the possibility for the player to choose between buying a Lotto 6/49 ticket, buying a regional ticket, or playing both with the same numbers on one single ticket.

Tips and tricks to play Lotto 6/4

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