Lotto 6/49 is Canada's premier modern lottery. It was introduced in 1982 by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, the body which administers it to date. It was the first Canadian lottery to allow luck-hunters to pick numbers for themselves. The model was later adopted by all other national lotteries.
The Lotto 6/49 draw is done every Wednesday and Saturday. A random number generator is used to pick winning numbers. Players who have selected six numbers from a pot of 49 compare their tickets to the draw's winning numbers to determine whether they have won the jackpot.
The minimum jackpot for Lotto 6/49 is $3 million. Although this is lower than what some US jackpots offer, the lottery is still popular beyond Canadian borders. This is because players can buy tickets online from any location. In addition, the Canadian authorities do not have restrictive charges for players who win the jackpot from outside Canada.