In Lotto 6/49, a selection is composed of 6 different numbers from 1 to 49. Prizes can be won in six different categories: 6/6, 5/6+ B, 5/6, 4/6, 3/6 and 2/6+ B. To win, a single selection must contain 3, 4, 5 or 6 numbers that match the winning selection. The bonus number, represented by the "+ B" symbol, is associated only with the categories 2/6+ B and 5/6+ B. To win in these categories, a single selection must contain respectively, in addition to the bonus number, 2 or 5 numbers that match the winning selection. For more information, visit the Lotto 6/49 section.
The word "lotto" in the Lotto 6/49 trademark is not used by accident. In fact, this type of game originated in Italy, and the name "lotto" is derived from the Italian word for "prize".
There are exactly 13,983,816 different possible selections.
Keep in mind that:
Example: 5/6+ B category of Lotto 6/49
To win in this category, you must have, on the same line, five (5) numbers matching the winning selection and also have the complementary number (+ B). Consequently, you cannot win in the 5/6+ B category with only four (4) numbers matching the winning selection and the complementary number.
This symbol represents the bonus number (complementary number) associated with one or more specific categories of various lotteries. In Lotto 6/49, it is associated with the 2/6+ B and 5/6+ B categories.
In Lotto 6/49, the bonus number is applied if the consumer has – in a same selection- 2 or 5 numbers that match the winning selection. If that same selection also contains the bonus number, he wins the prize for the 2/6+ B or 5/6+ B category, as applicable.
The bonus number is never shown on the ticket. For example, when a Lotto 6/49 ticket is purchased, a selection of 6 numbers out of 49 is given the consumer. At the time of the draw, 7 numbers are drawn: the first 6 numbers determine the winning selection, while the seventh number drawn is the bonus number.
No. The results are the same, since this lottery is sold across the country and only one draw is made.
The draws for Lotto 6/49 are held every Wednesday and Saturday in Toronto at about 9:30 p.m.
The “combinaison” slip allows all possible 6-number selections to be generated from an ensemble of 5, 7, 8 or 9 numbers selected by the consumer.
The answer can be found on this page.
To correctly answer this question, it is important to take into account the notion of market share (the relative proportion of the total number of people old enough to legally purchase lottery tickets in Canada). For purposes of comparison, here are the respective percentages of the 18 years + population within the jurisdictions of the five Canadian lottery corporation that offer large jackpots, all members of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC).
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
|Western Canada Lottery Corporation (WCLC)||17.4%||4,751,760|
|British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC)||13.5%||3,700,142|
|Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC)||7%||1,912,378|
For 2010-2011, Québec’s market share averaged 25.4% for sales of Lotto 6/49 and 18.2% for sales of Lotto Max, while its 18+ population was 23.4% of the total population. In short, population distribution closely reflects each region’s respective market share.
As you see, the adult population is larger in Ontario and, consequently, so is the number of tickets sold. Even if luck is the only key factor when a draw is held, the probability of jackpots being won in Ontario is higher simply because the province has a larger market share.