Canada Lotto 649 holds the record for the largest jackpot win in Canada. The lottery’s name, 649, guides players how to win by correctly predicting 6 out of the 49 numbers.
Canada Lotto 649 History
The Canada Lotto 649 started in June of 1982 and was the first nationwide Canadian lottery game to give players the option of selecting their own numbers as opposed to a raffle or sweepstakes. The largest jackpot won was on October 26, 2005 of CAD$54.3 million (US$53.7 million).
Canada Lotto 649 Rules
Players on theLotter select 6 numbers from a guess range of 1-49 and can choose an entry form of 3 or 6 lines. The lottery offers a bonus number which is chosen at the time of the draw from the same drum as the regular guess set and is counted for secondary prizes only. Players can have numbers randomly selected (Quick Pick), draw the number selection from saved numbers (My Numbers) or manually select their numbers (Natural Selection). When playing the online lottery with theLotter.com, players can ensure never to miss a draw and receive significant discounts with a Multi-Draw or Subscription.
Ticket sales for the Canada Lotto 649 close 3 hours prior to the drawings which take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 21:30 CST local time. Lotto results are available on theLotter every Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 GMT.
Winning the Canada Lotto 649
There are six prize categories, and the jackpot always starts at CAD$3.5 million and can continue to rollover unimpeded by jackpot or rollover caps. To win, players correctly predict six numbers out of a guess range of 1-49. The bonus number is used for secondary prizes only. Canada Lotto 649 winners have one year to claim their winnings and will always be awarded prizes in a lump sum (a one-time payment), tax-free. The largest jackpot won was on October 26, 2005 of CAD$54.3 million (US$53.7 million).
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Canada Lotto 649 Statistics
The most frequently drawn numbers are currently: 24, 5, 26, 42, and 37, and the most infrequently drawn numbers are currently: 29, 48, 36, 41, and 43.
Canada Lotto 649 Anecdotes
Oil Money- Canada’s largest jackpot, CAD$ 54.3 million (US$53.7 million), was taken by 17 oil men in October of 2005. These weren’t the oil tycoons usually associated with oil money but rather 17 rig workers who entered the lottery together. While only 17 oil company employees had entered the lottery together, they decided to share the win all of their co-workers whom they had known for years.
Double the Luck- A woman won an impressive CAD$11 million playing the 649 Lotto in 2007. The lucky winner continued to play the lottery, and in March of 2011 was in shock to find out that not only had she won the lottery again, but she had won the jackpot again, this time for CAD$7.7 million!
Players who enjoy Canada Lotto 649 should also check out draws in Canada's neighboring country, the United States. The US Powerball lottery and USA Mega Millions lottery are among the most popular in the world.