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Canada Lotto 649 is, as you might have guessed, a 6 from 49 lottery game that was launched in Canada in June, 1982. The Lotto 649 game, which is operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation has an estimated minimum jackpot of $3.5 million. For an extra payment, players can participate in an additional ENCORE draw game, but that really is a completely separate draw and should not be considered part of the main Lotto 6/49 game.

How to Play Canada Lotto649

Playing Canada Lotto 649 is as easy as selecting six numbers from the range 1 to 49 and paying the $2 fee for each entry. When buying tickets from a retailer, players can enter up to ten lines on a single play slip. Additional lines will require the completion of additional play slips. When buying tickets online there is obviously no limit to the numbers of lines that can be entered at once.

There are two draws every week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and in order for a player to win the jackpot they must match all six of their selections. A seventh “Bonus Ball” is drawn after the six main numbers and although this does not help anyone to win the jackpot it can be very helpful to players matching five of the main numbers, as the table below shows:

Numbers Matched

Odds of Winning

6 main numbers

1 in 13,983,816

5 main numbers + Bonus

1 in 2,330,636

5 main numbers

1 in 55,492

4 main numbers

1 in 1,033

3 main numbers

1 in 56

2 main numbers + Bonus

1 in 81

If no player wins the Canada Lotto 6/49 jackpot outright it is rolled over and added to the jackpot fund for the next draw. If a jackpot of $30 million or more is not won then a special prize structure is put into place until the jackpot has been won.

Unlike many other world lotteries that require claims to be made within 180 or even 80 days, Canada Lotto 6/49 prizes can be claimed up to one year from the draw taking place.

Big Canadian Lottery Winners

The biggest Canadian Lottery 6/49 jackpot so far was worth $54,294,712. This was won by a syndicate of seventeen on 26 October, 2005.