Canada’s Lotto 6/49 is the most popular lottery game played in the country today. This lottery game was officially launched in June 1982. It became the first nationwide Canadian lottery game that allowed players to choose their own numbers. Before Lotto 6/49, players of lottery games had to purchase tickets with printed numbers in order to play. Lotto 6/49 ticket costs 2 dollars if bought in a lottery shop.
This lottery game has made its special place in the cultural fabric of Canadian culture. In fact, about 15 million Canadians play this game on a regular basis. This traditional jackpot, draw-style lotto game uses 6/49 main matrix format, which means that in order to win, a bettor should match all six winning numbers from a pool of 49 numbers.
In addition to the one six number selection; Canadian bettors can also opt for the EXTRA option on Wednesdays or Saturdays if he or she wants to win $250,000 top prize or $100,100 second prize. You can also choose advance play and quick play options.
Like any other popular in Canada and any country in the world, Lotto 6/49 jackpot prize rolls over draw on draw if not won. This system leads to big jackpots. In fact, a lotto group play of 17 employees from local gas and Oil Company in Alberta won a stunning record of $54.3 million jackpot in October 2005. During that time, a lotto fever had swept the whole of Canada, leading to at least a hundred purchases of lotto tickets every minute. It was estimated that about two of three Canadians have bought lotto ticket. Amazing!
The increase in jackpots could not be possible if the cost of lotto ticket has not been increased. From a dollar, the price of lotto ticket for 6/49 was increased to two dollars in June 2004. As an offshoot of the increase in lottery price, the minimum jackpot prize has gone up from 2 million to 3.5 million on every single draw.
Playing the lottery
Who can play this lottery game? Initially only citizens from Canada were permitted playing the game. Today, however, with the appearance of online casino websites, the lottery game has become available to everybody from anywhere in the world as each lotto enthusiast can purchase ticket online at special lottery tickets virtual stores. Playing lottery online also gives the opportunity to check winning results as well. There is limit to the age of bettor. Players who are at least 18 years old can have the privilege to win in the lottery.
In so far as lottery game odds, they are quite competitive. Do not be frustrated! That’s the way lottery games are. The winning odds are pegged at 1 in 14 million for the top prize. Win the lottery today!