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Canadian National Lottery Review

Canadian National Lottery

The Canadian National Lottery actually consists of two national lotteries, both of which are operated by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) which is a consortium consisting of five regional lottery organisations all of which operate their own provinces. Both the Lotto 6/49 as well as the Lotto Max lotteries have made lottery players millionaires many times over.

Lotto 6/49 was launched in June 1982 and had the distinction of being the first Canadian lottery to allow players select their own numbers and has rapidly become one of the country’s most popular lottery games. Playing the Lotto 6/49 game is very simple; as the name implies, there are a total of 49 numbers out of which 6 are picked up. Get the six numbers right and you could win millions. Typically, Lotto6/49 starts at a minimum lottery jackpot of $3.5 million. At the time of this review, the estimated lottery jackpot for Lotto 6/49 for 26th June was $11 million.

There are a total of six prizes to be won with the Lotto 6/49 game depending on the number of matches per line of numbers. As mentioned, getting 6 numbers right wins you the lottery jackpot. A bonus number is also drawn and if a player gets 5 out of the 6 numbers as well as the bonus number right, they win the second prize. The third prize is won by players who have picked 5 correct numbers without a bonus. The sixth tier prize is won when players pick 2 out of six numbers and a bonus number winning $5.

The Lotto 6/49 lottery is played twice a week Wednesday and Saturday and while the chances of winning the lottery jackpot are one in 13.9 million, the odds of winning any one of the six prizes are one in 32.3. The largest ever jackpot in Lotto 6/49 history was in October 2005 when a group of 17 oil and gas plant workers in Alberta won a jackpot of $54.3 million. The second highest jackpot was drawn on February 2009 $50.3 million and was won by four lottery players.

The second Canadian national lottery game is the Lotto Max, the successor to the Lotto Super 7 lottery is and is relatively new, having only been launched in September 2009. The Lotto Max lottery game is even bigger than the Lotto 6/49 and the jackpot starts at a minimum $10 million CAD.

The game, which is drawn every Friday, is priced at $5 for three sets of numbers each set containing 7 out of 49 numbers giving players three chances of winning one of the seven prizes. The jackpot is won when all seven numbers drawn are match while the second prize is won by players who have matched 6 numbers and the bonus number drawn. The odds of winning the Lotto Max jackpot are one in 28.6 million and yet players have favourable odds of 1 in 6.6 of winning a Lotto Max prize.

The jackpot for the Lotto Max game is capped at $50 million and when the amount exceeds the cap, every additional million is drawn as a $1 million Maxmillions prize where seven numbers are drawn. To win the Maxmillions prize players have to match all seven numbers. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max is $50 million and an estimated 55 Maxmillions will be drawn on 25th June.

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Reviewed by Kim Watson for Online Keno on 29 June, 2010.