The draw is conducted using a single ball machine containing balls numbered from 1 to 49. Seven balls are drawn at random from the ball machine. The first 6 numbers form the winning selection and the 7th ball represents the bonus number.
The draws for Lotto 6/49, a Canada-wide lottery, take place in Toronto. Loto‑Québec and the country’s four other lottery corporations meet under the auspices of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation* (ILC), where they submit to procedures that are similar in terms of security and integrity. Thus, before every draw, each corporation notifies the ILC in Toronto once it has closed off the participating wagers in its territory.
Once the draw has taken place, the ILC notifies each of the five lottery corporations of the winning draw numbers. These corporations then run the results through their computer systems to determine the number of winners in their territory. Afterwards, the corporations send this information to the ILC so it can establish the countrywide prize division, which is distributed mainly through Loto‑Québec’s Web site, newspapers, and other media. This process takes place under the constant vigilance of external auditors from Toronto, together with the lottery corporations involved.
* Located in Toronto, the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation forms a partnership of Canada’s five lottery corporations: Loto‑Québec, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
Find out more about how draws are conducted.
Loto-Québec broadcasts its daily draw results in the Video Zone section of its web site. The results are posted online daily at approximately 10:30 p.m.