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  How Do You Play Lotto 6/49?

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    The tickets cost $1 for each set of six numbers. First you pick six numbers from a set of 1 through 49. Then you go to a participating store to register you ticket. Every Wednesday and Saturday around 9:20 p.m. eastern: the winning numbers are published here.
    The 6/49 draw is held when 49 balls are loaded into a ball machine, a total of 6 numbers plus a bonus number are drawn. If you have three or more numbers chosen on your ticket that are the same as the numbers that where drawn, you win. The odds of winning are shown in the following table:

Odds of Winning

Number of Matches
Approximate Odds
6 1 in 13,983,816 Jackpot Pool 50% of shared fund
5 + bonus 1 in 2,330,636 Second-Prize Pool 15% of shared fund
5 1 in 55,492 Third-Prize Pool 12% of shared funds
4 1 in 1,033 Forth-Prize Pool 23% of shared funds
3 1 in 57 Fifth Prize $10

How to Claim your Prize
What is Quick Pick?
    When you are too "lazy" to choose your own numbers for Lotto 6/49, ask the cashier of a participating store for Quick Pick. He or she will set the computer to randomly pick your numbers.
What is Encore?
    Encore is an extra game that you can get for $1 in Lotto 6/49 or Super 7.  The computer picks your numbers randomly when you go to register your Lotto 6/49 at a participating store and you have the "yes to encore" square checked on your ticket. Then the winning numbers are drawn beside the Lotto 6/49 winning numbers. You can win a prize of up to $250,000 and the overall odds of winning is 1 in 5.26.

Encore Match and Win.
    There are specific combinations that you must get to win for Encore to win. They are shown in the following table:

Combinations Prize
All  $250,000
Last 5 $1,000
Last 4 $100
1st and Last 4 $100 + Free Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with Encore
Last 3 $25
1st and Last 3 $25 + Free Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with Encore
Last 2 $5
1st and Last 2 $5 + Free Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with Encore
Last 1 Free Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with Encore
1st and Last 1 2 Free Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with Encore
1st Free Lotto 6/49 Quick Pick with Encore

Ontario 49
    Ontario 49 is played only in Ontario and just like Lotto 6/49 there are draws every Wednesday an Saturday night. Six numbers plus a bonus number are drawn. To play Ontario 49 you can choose your own numbers, ask for a Quick Pick, or Double Play with the same numbers as you've chosen to play Lotto 6/49.

If you wish to play your own numbers or Double Play:

  1. Mark six numbers from 1 to 49 for each board you play.
  2. Check one and only one of the check boxes in the pick area: Play Selection
Ontario 49 can be played with ENCORE. To play ENCORE mark the YES box in the "Say 'Yes' to Encore" area displayed below:
Play Selection

You pay $0.50 for each set of six numbers. If you select Double Play (Lotto 6/49 + Ontario 49) and say yes to ENCORE, ENCORE is played twice. The following table shows how much you pay depending on a number of plays:

Number of Plays Ontario 49
Ontario 49
Double Play
Double Play
1 $0.50 $1.50 $1.50 $3.50
2 $1.00 $2.00 $3.00 $5.00
3 $1.50 $2.50 $4.50 $6.50
4 $2.00 $3.00 $6.00 $8.00
5 $2.50 $3.50 $7.50 $9.50
6 $3.00 $4.00 $9.00 $11.00
7 $3.50 $4.50 $10.50 $12.50
8 $4.00 $5.00 $12.00 $14.00
9 $4.50 $5.50 $13.50 $15.50
10 $5.00 $6.00 $15.00 $17.00

Prize Structure
Win Prize Type
6 $1 million Shared
5 + bonus number $50,000 Shared
5 $500 Guaranteed
4 $50 Guaranteed
3 $5 Guaranteed

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