Online group play
A summary of online group play
Group members can now play Lotto Max, Québec Max, Lotto 6/49 and Québec 49 either online or on mobile devices with the Lotteries app and increase their chances of winning by combining their selections with those of the other members of their group. Group play can cover one or more draws and groups can include friends or even strangers.
How it works
Online group play enables players to purchase one or more shares in a group and pool them with the shares of the other members. One share corresponds to a set number of selections or plays for a given product, to which one or more Extra numbers can be added for one or more draws. Share configuration is defined by the creator of the group.
For example, a share could comprise one $3 Lotto 6/49 play and one $1 Extra number for one draw. One share in this group would then cost $4.
The number of shares in the group (between 2 and 100) is also determined by the group’s creator. The final number of shares in the group is confirmed at the deadline of wagers and corresponds to the actual number sold, whether or not the maximum number of shares has been reached. As an example, a group that is defined as having a maximum of 75 shares could in the end be comprised of only 10 shares if that was how many had been sold at the deadline of wagers.
Since a group is comprised of many pooled shares, the odds of winning a prize are increased. All prizes won are shared among all members of the given group in proportion to the number of shares held by each.
Two ways to play
You can create a group that fits your liking and easily invite people you know to participate. Or, you can choose to join an existing group. To take part in online group play, you’ll need an Espacejeux account. If you have not yet registered on Loto-Québec's online gaming website, register here.
Creating a group
Configuring your group
Choose a distinctive name*, because it will appear on your invitations and in the search tool.
Now select the maximum number of shares in your group – between 2 and 100.
You also need to decide if your group will be public; If so, it will be visible to everyone using the search tool. If you choose not to enable your group to be visible in the search tool, people will only be able to join if they have the group’s Web address (URL). The creator of the group cannot prevent anyone that finds it from joining the group, and cannot remove them.
*As set out in the Specific Online Gaming Conditions of Use, Loto-Québec reserves the right to take any measure it deems pertinent with respect to any and all inappropriate group names as well as hateful, discriminatory, sexist, violent, offensive or other unacceptable content.
Configuring the group’s shares
You will need to configure shares and determine how many selections or plays, draws and Extra numbers there are in each one. Anyone wishing to join the group (including you) must purchase at least one share.
Adding a share
To finalize the process of creating your group, you now need to purchase at least one share. When that is done, you will receive e-mail confirmation (sent to the address listed in your Espacejeux account) that the group has been created.
Inviting others to join your group.
You can invite people you know to join your group by sharing its Web address (URL) on Facebook, using the Share button displayed on the confirmation of purchase or in the My Groups section. You can also copy the group’s Web address and share it the way you like (text messages, e-mails, Twitter, etc.) The Web address can also be found in the e-mail group creation confirmation and on the Share page.
Joining a group
You can join an existing online lottery group by using the group search tool. If you want to find a specific group, you can search by the name of the group or the person that created it. If you are not looking for a particular group, you can search by type of group (product(s), number(s) of draws, maximum number of shares, with or without Extra, etc.) then choose the best fit from among the results displayed.
If you receive an invitation from the creator of a group through Facebook, e-mail or other means, simply click on the displayed link that shows the details of the group and enables you to join.
Any person who has an Espacejeux account can join a group before the deadline of wagers for the first draw in which the group participates, as long as the group’s maximum numbers of shares has not been subscribed.
Adding a share
You must purchase a least one share to join a group. Purchased shares are added to all others in the group. Individual members of the group can choose the numbers on the selections or plays they add to the group or opt for automatic number selection.
When a group wins, the amount won by each of its members is calculated on the basis of the total number of shares and the individual share(s) held by each member. The total amount won will be divided by the number of shares in the group. The amount won by each member is then multiplied by the number of shares held by that person. For example, if a group wins $50,000 and has 5 shares, each share wins $10,000. A member that purchased 2 of the 5 shares would thus receive $20,000. The group’s results can be viewed in the My Results section of the lotteries site.
Winnings are automatically credited to the Espacejeux accounts of each member of the group. To collect individual wins of $25,000 or more, winners are required to go in person to the Winners Payout Section of our Montréal or Québec City offices, per Specific Online Gaming Conditions of Use.
Free plays resulting from group purchases are automatically issued for the draw following the one for which they were won.