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Lotto 6/49 is one of Canada’s biggest lotteries (the other is Lotto Max). In previous Canadian lottery games, players purchased tickets with auto-generated serial numbers on them. Lotto 6/49, however, allows players to choose their own lucky numbers and is much more similar to other national lottery systems around the world.

Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday.
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History
Lotto 6/49 began in 1982 and replaced the old Canadian lottery system that didn’t allow players to choose their own numbers. The Lotto 6/49 concept has since become integrated into Canadian culture to the point that high school students are often taught odds and statistics using Lotto 6/49 as an example.
The largest Lotto 6/49 jackpot occurred in 2005. The winning ticket received $54.3 million.

How to Play
Lotto 6/49 costs $2 per line to play. Tickets may have up to 10 lines, though the actual number varies by district.

Players must correctly guess 6 numbers from a pool of 49 potentials (hence the name) to win the jackpot. There is also a 7th bonus number drawn. Players can win a “second prize” if they match 5 numbers and the bonus number.

Different regions in Canada also offer an add-on game for an additional $1 where a 6 or 7-digit number is randomly generated on the player’s ticket. In regions offering a 6-digit number, players can win $100,000 if they match all 6-digits. The prize for matching the 7-digit number is $500,000 or $1,000,000 depending on the region.

Odds
The overall odds of winning anything in Lotto 649 are 1 in 32.3. The easiest way to win is to guess 3 of the 6 numbers (odds are 1 in 56.7 and it pays $10) though players can also win if they guess 2 numbers and the bonus number (odds are 1 in 81.2 and it pays $5).

Players hoping to win the jackpot must get all 6 numbers right (the bonus number isn’t necessary for the jackpot). The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 13,983,316.
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