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Lotto 6/49

This Saturday June 25, 2022
7 million*
+ 1  guaranteed million

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Congratulations to this newly minted millionaire!

Sandra will be able to purchase her dream lakefront property with the guaranteed $1,000,000 prize that she won.

The winning ticket was in her pocket for three months!

Gail was rummaging through her coat pockets when she found the winning ticket!

Lotto 6/49 - Summary

  • COST: $3 for 1 play (comprised of 1 "Regular Selection" and 1 "Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection")
  • MINIMUM JACKPOT: $5,000,000, growing from draw to draw according to sales if it is not won
  • DRAW FREQUENCY: Bi-weekly, every Wednesday and Saturday
  • DEADLINE FOR WAGERS: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
  • ODDS OF WINNING A PRIZE: 1 in 6.6 with 1 play
  • ODDS OF WINNING THE JACKPOT: 1 in 13,983,816
  • ODDS OF WINNING A GUARANTEED $1,000,000 PRIZE: Variable according to the total number of "Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections" issued for that draw
  • FIRST DRAW: June 12, 1982

Changes will be made to Lotto 6/49 starting with the September 14, 2022, draw.

Read more about the changes to Lotto 6/49.

Regular Selection and Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection

For Lotto 6/49, 1 play is comprised of 1 "Regular Selection" of 6 numbers from 1 to 49, and 1 "Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection", representing a computer-generated 10-digit number. There are 2 draws per week, i.e. on Wednesday and Saturday, and millions of dollars to be won each draw.

Regular Selection

In the Main draw, the Regular Selection of 6 numbers could lead to winning the jackpot (6/6 category). When the jackpot is not won for a given draw, it is added to the jackpot for the next draw. Also, other prizes can be won in 6 other categories: 5/6 + Bonus, 5/6, 4/6, 3/6, 2/6 + Bonus and 2/6. To win, you need to get, in a single selection, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 numbers identical to those of 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 identical to those of the winning selection.

Each Main Draw is conducted as follows: the ILC conducts a draw to determine at random 7 numbers among all numbers from 1 to 49. The first 6 numbers form the winning selection and the 7th number represents the bonus number.

Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection

For each Regular Selection, you get 1 computer-generated Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection. Each Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection issued is unique and represents a number composed of 10 digits (XXXXXXXX-XX).

For the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections, a segmented group of numbers is assigned to each of the 5 Canadian lottery corporations. Also, the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections are issued in sequence. For example, when a lottery ticket is composed of several plays, the first 8 digits of your selections remain the same and the last 2 digits range from 01 to the number of plays purchased (67890123-01, 67890123-02, 67890123-03, etc.).

When a lottery ticket is composed of 3 Lotto 6/49 plays or more, your Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections are shown as a range. For example, if you buy 10 Lotto 6/49 plays on a same lottery ticket, you will get 10 Regular Selections and 10 Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections, which numbers will range from 67890123-01 to 67890123-10. Your Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections will be indicated as follows:

FROM: 67890123-01
TO:       67890123-10

In the Guaranteed Prize Draw, one Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection is drawn from among all those who have been issued for that draw. This winning selection allows a participant to win a Guaranteed $1,000,000 Prize. A winning selection is one whose number is identical to the one of the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection drawn. Thus, in the above example, if the number of the Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection drawn is 67890123-07, your selection would be the only winning selection of the Guaranteed $1,000,000 Prize.

To ensure there is only one winning selection of the Guaranteed $1,000,000 Prize, every selection must be unique. That is why it is not possible to choose the numbers of these selections and all Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections are computer-generated. Each 10-digit number is therefore a unique selection and the odds of winning the Guaranteed $1,000,000 Prize are the same as for any other selection that was issued for the draw.

Find out more about how draws are conducted.

Changes will be made to Lotto 6/49 starting with the September 14, 2022, draw.

Read more about the changes to Lotto 6/49.

How to play

  • You may play online, using the mobile app or at a Loto-Québec retailer where you can pick your own numbers or opt for selections randomly generated by Loto-Québec’s computer. Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections are always computer-generated.
  • One play includes 1 Regular Selection of 6 numbers from 1 to 49, and 1 Guaranteed Prize Draw Selection, which is a computer-generated 10-digit number.
  • Lotto 6/49 is governed by the Rules and Regulations respecting Lotteries and Lottery Tickets of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC), which include limitations of liability.
  • Choose Double Jeu 49 to play Lotto 6/49 and Québec 49 simultaneously.
  • Choose Super forfait to play Lotto 6/49, Québec 49, Lotto Max, Québec Max and Grande Vie simultaneously.
  • Choose Forfait lottos to play Lotto 6/49, Québec 49, Lotto Max and Québec Max simultaneously.
  • You may play as a group online with Formule groupe en ligne or at a retailer with Formule groupe and Formule super groupe.
  • You may play combination.
  • Extra is available with this game.
  • You may purchase one or more plays valid for more than one draw.
  • The Replay option is also available with this game.

Game conditions in effect until the September 10, 2022, draw [PDF - 150 KB]

Changes will be made to Lotto 6/49 starting with the September 14, 2022, draw.

Read more about the changes to Lotto 6/49.

Prize structure and odds of winning

Lotto 6/49 is a variable-prize game. In the Main Draw, prizes are calculated according to sales and divided equally among the winners in each category.

Category Prize Pools fund %†† Odds of winning
Main Draw
6/6 $8,811,827 79.5% 1 / 13,983,816
5/6+B$110,8416.0%1 / 2,330,636
5/6$2,1995.0%1 / 55,492
4/6$789.5%1 / 1,033
3/6$10Fixed prize1 / 56.7
2/6+B$5Fixed prize1 / 81.2
2/6Free playFixed prize1 / 8.3
Guaranteed Prize Draw
Complete number
(10 digits)
$1,000,000††† Variable according to the number of "Guaranteed Prize Draw Selections" issued for that draw
Total 1 / 6.6

Average prize
The Pools Fund is the “Main Prize Fund” (40% of sales) minus the sum of all prizes payable to the winners in the 2/6, 2/6+B and the 3/6 categories.
The Guaranteed $1,000,000 Prize comes from the “Guaranteed Prize Draw Fund” (7% of sale). This fund occasionally allows more than one Guaranteed Prize for a draw to be offered.

The bonus number is indicated with the “+B” symbol.

The prize structure indicated above will be in effect until and including the September 10, 2022, draw. It will change starting with the September 14, 2022, draw.

Read more about the changes to Lotto 6/49.

Changes to Lotto 6/49 as of the September 14, 2022, draw

Starting September 14, 2022, Lotto 6/49 will offer two jackpots with every draw: the Classic Jackpot of $5M, and the Gold Ball Jackpot, which will start at $10M and could reach just over $60M.

In summary

With one play, players will still have two ways to win, either:

  • With the Classic Draw, a draw of 6 numbers from 1 to 49, for the $5M fixed jackpot;
  • With the Gold Ball Draw, offering a guaranteed prize at every draw. The winning ticket from this draw will award either a $1M prize or the Gold Ball Jackpot, starting at $10M. If it’s not won, this jackpot will increase by $2M at each draw, and could reach more than $60M. The odds of winning the Gold Ball Jackpot increase with each draw, up until the Gold Ball is drawn.

The following features of Lotto 6/49 will remain the same:

  • The cost of one play will remain $3.
  • The odds of winning a prize (in the Classic Draw) will remain the same: 1 in 6.6 with one play;
  • Draws will continue to take place every Wednesday and Saturday;
  • Players will still be able to pick six numbers from 1 to 49 using a selection slip or opt for Quick Play;
  • One play will still give players a unique 10-digit number, and each draw will still feature a guaranteed prize offer;
  • Players will still be able to play Québec 49 and Extra for one $1 more per lottery.

Tickets for the new game will go on sale the morning of Sunday, September 11, 2022, and the first draw will take place Wednesday, September 14.

Game conditions in effect as of the September 14, 2022, draw [PDF - 150 KB]

For the September 10, 2022 draw, the entire Lotto 6/49 prize pool will be awarded. If the jackpot is not won in this draw, it will be divided among the winners of categories 5/6+C, 5/6 and 4/6. Any free play won in the September 10, 2022 draw or any unclaimed free play won before this date will be converted into a $3 prize.

The game conditions in effect up until the draw on September 10, 2022 can be consulted here.

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