How to Play the Canadian Lotto 6/49

By Ben Hamill - December 07 2015

Lotto 6/49 sheets

There are multiple lottery options for Canadian players which are administered by the provincial lottery corporations and overseen by each province’s Ministry of Finance. Two of those lotteries are national lotteries, the Lotto 6/49 and the Lotto Max.

Lotto 6/49 is generally viewed as the more popular lottery option. Players can choose their own numbers, giving players a sense of control over their destinies. Every Lotto 6/49 pays out a guaranteed $1 million prize plus the jackpot prize.

How to Play the Canadian Lotto 6/49

Lotto 6/49 tickets cost $3 each. You can purchase your ticket at any registered retailer or buy the ticket online at the website. Once you make your purchase you’ll receive a card that features one set of numbers from 1-49 for the Main Jackpot Draw (which starts at $5 million and grows until someone wins it) and a second set of numbers of ten digits for the $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw. There’s an Advanced Play option in which you can play up to 26 weeks in a row. Sales for tickets for each Draw ends at 10:30p.m. The draws are held at 11:00p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday night.

You have two play options for the Lotto 6/49 — the Quick Pick and the Pick Your Own Number.

Quick Pick option

If you want to play via the Quick Pick option

  • ask your retailer for a Quick Pick ticket
  • check the Quick Pick box on the Lotto 6/49 selection slip
  • indicate that you wish to purchase a Quick Pick ticket when you purchase your ticket online

To play more than one draw in advance (up to the limit of 26 draws), indicate the number of draws in which you wish to participate, either online or via your lottery vendor.

If your assigned numbers match the six numbers from 1 – 49, plus one bonus number as picked in the bi-weekly draw, you win.

If your number exactly matches the 10-digit guaranteed prize draw number, you win the 1 million guaranteed prize.

Pick your own Number

To pick your own number, buy your 6/49 Selection slip at a local retailer or online. Choose six numbers from 1 to 49 on up to 10 boards, with each selection costing $3. You can also check both of these options and play the same numbers for the Lotto 6/49 and the local provincial lotto 49.

To play more than one draw in advance, check the number of draws that you want to play in the Advanced Play box. You have the option to play up to 26 weeks in advance.

Six numbers, along with one bonus number, will be drawn for the Lotto 6/49 National Draw. If your numbers match, you win. The guaranteed prize draw involves a 10-digit number. If your chosen number exactly matches the 10-digit guaranteed prize draw number, you win.


Lotto 6/49 prizes start at $2 and build every week until someone wins. Every draw promises that someone will win a $1 prize.


Super Draws

Super Draws are held every three months and have a guaranteed prize draw of $1 million for each draw. Anyone who purchased a LOTTO 6/49 play for the Draw prior to the Super Draw date automatically has a chance to win the Super Draw Jackpot as well as any of the five guaranteed $1 million Super Draw prizes. Participating in the Super Draw involves no extra costs. If you purchase Lotto 6/49 ticket for the draw that occurs just prior to the Super Draw, you will automatically be entered into the Super Draw for no additional ticket purchase.

As in the regular Lotto 6/49 draws, the odds of winning a Super Draw Prize are determined by the total number of tickets purchases across Canada.

Recent Lotto 6/49 Winners

Some of the recent 6/49 winners include

  • Maria Digel of Winnipeg, who won almost $7 million after playing the same numbers for 30 years, found out that she won the day after she had a dream in which she saw her winnings. Maria consistently plays six numbers — 7, 11, 12, 13, 35 and 41 — which are the ages of her family members when they immigrated to Canada decades ago, plus the date that they arrived in Canada. Every week Maria would buy her ticket at the Real Canadian Superstore and this time her 6/49 ticket won her $6,986,491.90. Maria asked the girl at the lottery counter to check what she thought was true. “She said ‘You've won more than 6 million dollars.' I just felt numb.” Maria plans to divide her winnings among family members and keep a little “for emergencies.”
  • Shannon Severin was thrilled to have won $3000 in the OLG 6/49 Lotto but then she discovered that she had missed a few zeros. All in all, the Orleans Ontario resident collected $3,377,000. Shannon set her plans for a family vacation but will take her time deciding what else to do with the additional $3,376,970.
  • Harry Black, 66, had a unique habit of buying two Lotto 6/49 tickets with the exact same numbers. This routine won him $15.8 million because both of his tickets won the B.C. 6/49 Lotto. After playing this system for years, and winning a maximum $10, Black was overwhelmed when he discovered his win. He actually didn’t claim his prize for almost a month. But now he’s looking forward to a trip to Scotland and building his house on land that he plans to purchase, even as he continues his part-time work in the film industry.
  • Jessica Williams of Vancouver won $3.5 million when she matched all six numbers in the B.C. Lotto 6/49. As she was heading back to work she checked her ticket at a gas station and then sat numbly in her car, trying to process the win. Williams bought her ticket at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Coquitlam. She plans to use her winnings to travel, help family members (including sending her son to college) buy her own car and house and go shopping.”