Each year, more than C$10.5 billion is spent in Canada on the lottery. Offline and online lotteries in Canada offer a large and exciting market with many affordable options available. Here is the complete guide if you are interested in the lottery.

What are the best lotteries in Canada?

There are many different options run by several regional companies including Loto-Quebec, the Ontario Lottery Corporation, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

Each has exclusive control over its own lotteries, but there are also well-known online lotteries in Canada that operate nationally under the jurisdiction of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.

The most famous online lotteries in Canada are Lotto Max, Max Millions, and, of course, Daily Grand. But the most popular is Lotto 649.

History of Canada Lotto 649

Introduced in 1982, the Lotto 6/49 is one of Canada’s two national lotteries. In 1969, an amendment to the federal criminal code allowed individual states in the federation to operate their own games of chance. That same year, the province of Quebec was the first to create its own official organization. Loto Quebec was also the first lottery company in the world to operate a terminal sales network. Ticket sales contributed in large part to the financing of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

The Canadian lottery, the most popular in the country, reached a record jackpot of C$64 million in the province of Ontario in 2015.  The minimum guaranteed jackpot is now C$5 million.

How to play the Canada Lotto 6/49 online

To play the Lotto 6/49, pick 6 numbers out of 49 for a C$3 bet. In addition to the national draw, you can play the local draw – Quebec 49 – for an extra dollar and pick the random “Extra” number for another dollar.

Playing alone or in a group, single or multiple draws, subscription… are all possible options, provided you are 18 years old and play on one of the approved and reliable lottery sites.

These sites usually offer some additional benefits: welcome offers, discounts, etc. and prevent you from forgetting to check your ticket or losing it. This is no joke when you know that Loto Quebec was recently looking for 4 winners of 1 million dollars, who had still not shown up a week after the draw. 

Special features and special draws of Canadian Lotto 6/49 

A special feature of this game is the Canadian federal system. The Lotto 6/49 is administered by five lottery companies, spread over the 10 provinces and 3 territories of the country. Although they have their own specificities – extra games, promotions – they all depend on the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.  

Special prizes are awarded during the seasons, not to mention the end-of-year holidays.

Winning in Canada Lotto 649 

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 14 million. 6 correct numbers secure the jackpot and the second prize of a minimum of C$100,000 to C$500,000 is awarded with 5 winning numbers plus the bonus. Other prizes are available up to two correct numbers with which you win a free ticket.  

Canada Lotto 649 Draw Results

The 6/49 draws take place at 10:30 pm in Quebec, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, two hours after the closing of the ticket offices. As a reminder, Canada has 6 time zones from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

In Quebec, the results are generally put online around midnight, available on the Internet and scrolling at the bottom of the screens of local and national television channels (Radio Canada: English and French network).

But when playing on online lotto sites, the results will be communicated to you and you will be notified personally if you win.

Lucky winners will be pleased to know that lottery winnings are not taxable in Canada. However, it is best to check the laws that apply in your country of residence, if you are playing online.

Lotto 6/49 Canada

It is without doubt one of the most popular foreign lotto games and its jackpots are a dream come true far beyond the continent. The Canadian 6/49 is well worth a diversion in this tour of the world of lotto, take advantage of the bonuses offered by the authorized lottery agents and play these few grids that will perhaps allow you to offer yourself … a cabin in Canada?