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How to play: Canada 649 Lottery
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Overview
About
Lotto 6/49 is one of Canada's two national lottery games. Winning numbers are drawn by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation every Wednesday and Saturday. Launched on June 12, 1982, Lotto 6/49 was the first nationwide Canadian lottery game to allow players to choose their own numbers. Previous national games such as the Olympic Lottery, Loto Canada and Superloto used pre-printed numbers on tickets. Lotto 6/49 led to the gradual phase-out of that type of lottery game in Canada.
Gameplay
As the name implies, six numbers are drawn from a set of 49. If a ticket matches all six numbers, the jackpot prize of at least $3,000,000 is won. A bonus number is also drawn, and if a player's ticket matches five numbers and the bonus number, he or she wins the "second prize" which is usually between $100,000 and $500,000. Should more than one player win the top or second prize, it is split amongst them. Lesser prizes are also awarded if one matches at least three numbers, or two numbers plus the bonus number. If the top prize is not won, the jackpot prize increases for the next draw.

Lotto 6/49 tickets are $2 per line as of June 2004. It had previously been $1, but was raised in order to offer larger jackpots. The minimum jackpot amount was also raised from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. As many as ten lines can be printed on one individual ticket; however, the maximum number of lines varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, in the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC), which encompasses Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut, the maximum number of lines allowed for one ticket is six.
Lottery results and prize breakdown for: Canada 649 Lottery, Draw date: 2014-08-20
Draw results
07
08
10
20
30
31
03
Match + Bonus
Jackpot Winners
Estimated Jackpot
6
5,000,000
$5,000,000.00
Match + Bonus
Prize Winners
Prize Amount
5 + bonus
28,684
$28,683.50
Match 5
914
$914.30
Match 4
47
$47.20
Match 3
10
$10.00
Match 2 + bonus
5
$5.00
Largest jackpots
The game's largest jackpot, and a Canadian lottery record, was drawn on October 26, 2005. The single winning ticket, worth $54.3 million, was purchased in Camrose, Alberta by a group of 17 oil and gas plant workers.

The previous Canadian record was $37.8 million for a Lotto Super 7 draw on May 17, 2002.

The $54.3 million jackpot was originally estimated at $40 million, but because of rapid sales created by lottery fever across the country, the jackpot ballooned to $54,294,712. It was estimated that two out of every three adult Canadians had purchased a ticket. A sales peak of 100 tickets per minute was reached. An estimated $99.4 million worth of tickets were sold. The winning numbers were: 5, 11, 20, 30, 37, 43 and bonus 31.

The second-largest jackpot in history, estimated at $50.3 million, was drawn on February 21, 2009. The winning numbers were 11, 20, 33, 34, 37, 39, and bonus 22. There were four winning tickets: three in Ontario and one in Quebec.
Organization
The Lotto 6/49 game is administered by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, an alliance of the five regional/provincial lottery corporations that cover all of Canada. Each of these corporations operate two regional add-on games that, for an extra $1 each, can be added to a 6/49 ticket. One of them is a "spiel" game (named "Tag", "Encore" or "Extra" depending on the region), which adds a 6- or 7-digit number to the ticket with a top prize of $100,000 if all six digits are matched or $1,000,000 (in Ontario; $500,000 in Quebec) if all 7 are matched. The other is the "49" game (named "Atlantic 49", "Quebec 49", "Ontario 49", "Western 649" or "BC 49" depending on the region), which works in analogous fashion to the Lotto 6/49 but with a fixed jackpot of $1,000,000 ($2,000,000 in BC 49 and Quebec 49). In some regions, one line costs 50 cents; while in others, the "49" game is sold two lines at a time at a cost of $1.
Prizes and chances of winnings
Match Prize Odds of winning
6/6 Share 80.5% of the pool 1 in 13,983,815
5/6 + Bonus Share of 5.75% of the Pool's Fund 1 in 2,330,636
5/6 Share of 4.75% of the Pool's Fund 1 in 55,492
4/6 Share of 2.75% of the Pool's Fund 1 in 1,033
3/6 $10 prize 1 in 56.7
2/6 + Bonus $5 prize 1 in 81.2
- Any prize 1 in 32.3


If a jackpot of $30 million or higher is not won, the following prize structure applies to all subsequent draws until the jackpot has been won. This does not apply to bonus jackpots.

Match Prize Odds of winning
6/6 Share 40% of the pool 1 in 13,983,815
5/6 + Bonus Share of 16% of the Pool's Fund 1 in 2,330,636
5/6 Share of 15% of the Pool's Fund 1 in 55,492
4/6 Share of 29% of the Pool's Fund 1 in 1,033
3/6 $10 prize 1 in 56.7
2/6 + Bonus $5 prize 1 in 81.2
- Any prize 1 in 32.3