Oh the possibilities! Canadian Lottery Options
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While I can assume that most of you visiting this site already have experience playing the lottery, I thought it might be helpful for newbies and those who wish to brush up on lottery choices available to us in Canada.
There are a number of Canadian Lotteries throughout the country both national and provincial.
There currently are two national Canadian Lotteries:
- Lotto 6/49
- Lotto Max
Lotto 6/49 is the most popular national Canadian Lottery, established in 1982 and the first nationwide game that allowed lottery players to choose their own numbers (can you imagine??) The game was originally played for $1 per ticket, but after 22 years in existence, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation felt it necessary to increase the price. A survey was conducted, interviewing 4,500 Canadians who desired larger jackpot prices, agreeing an increase to $2 per ticket was acceptable. The original Canadian Lottery rarely exceeded a jackpot of $10 million – now the jackpot begins at $4 million, often reaching as high as $25 million.
The rules of Lotto 6/49 are simple and can probably be guessed by the name alone. Players select 6 numbers out of 1-49, or choose Quick Pick to let the Lottery Terminal select numbers for you. Select how many draws you wish to play for, 1 through 25. Each ticket cost $2 (example: a single ticket marked for 5 draws = $10). Canadian Lotto 6/49 is drawn every Saturday and Wednesday. Six numbers are drawn, followed by one bonus number. The jackpot prize is won by matching all six regular numbers. Match 5 regular numbers plus the bonus ball and you’ll win a very large sum, but not the jackpot. The lowest winning combination is 2 numbers + bonus number, awarding $5.00 ( I’ll still take it!)
Odds of winning Canadian Lotto 6/49:
Jackpot – 1 in 13,983,816
Any Prize – 1 in 32.3
Lotto Max is a Canadian lottery game that began sales on September 19, 2009 replacing the Lotto Super 7. The first set of winning numbers were drawn on September 25, 2009, and subsequent draws have been held every Friday.
For a $5 wager, a player chooses seven numbers from a field of 49. These are printed on a ticket with two additional sets of seven randomly generated numbers. Prizes are awarded based on how many numbers in each set on a ticket match the drawn numbers, with a minimum of three matching numbers required to win any prize. The jackpot is capped at $50 million, beyond which additional draws are conducted for $1 million each (the “Maxmillions” bonus draws).
The longest streak of $50 million jackpots in Lotto Max has been four weeks. The June 4, 2010 draw was estimated at the $50 million prize cap, with five “Maxmillions” draws. Subsequent drawings had 20 Maxmillions (June 11), 45 Maxmillions (June 18), and 49 “Maxmillions” (June 25). The June 25 jackpot drawing resulted in two winning tickets, one from Newfoundland and the other from Saskatchewan. Of the June 25 “Maxmillions” drawings, 26 were not won, and so those prize funds were rolled back into the July 1 Lotto Max drawing, making that week’s prize pool $33.2 million.
Canadian Lotteries – Provincial
Various provinces of Canada hold their own lottery drawings, including Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Atlantic regions and Western regions.
Provincial Canadian Lotteries – Ontario
Ontario offers a host of Canadian Lotteries offering tickets and draws each and every day of the week. These include Daily Keno, Lottario, Ontario 49, Pick 3, Winner Take All, Encore and Instant Gift Pack.
Provincial Canadian Lotteries – Quebec
Quebec offers an array of fun lotto games including Quebec 49, Jour de Paye, Banco, La Mini, La Quotidienne 3, La Quotidienne 4 and Joker. Banco, La Quotidienne 3, La Quotidienne 4 and Joker are each held daily.
Provincial Canadian Lotteries – British Columbia
British Columbia presents 3 provincial Canadian Lotteries, the BC 49, BC Extra and BC Pick 3. Extra and Pick 3 lotto draws are held every day. The BC 49 is drawn each Wednesday and Saturday.
Provincial Canadian Lotteries – Atlantic Canada
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation provides lotto gaming for 4 provinces of Canada – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Residents of this region can buy tickets for the following provincial Atlantic Canada Lottery drawings: Atlantic TAG, Atlantic 49, Twist, Bucko, Millionaire Life, Atlantic Payday, Atlantic Keno and PIK4.
Provincial Canadian Lotteries – Western Canada
The Western Canada Lottery Corporation provides lotto games for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Western Canadian Lotteries include Western 49, Western PayDay, Pick 3 and Extra. Both Pick 3 and Extra are held daily, PayDay is drawn each Thursday and Western 49 is drawn every Wednesday and Saturday.
So basically what Im saying here is that no matter where you are in Canada, you have many choices to play!
Good luck and don’t forget when you win who gave you all the great advice:)