Lotto 6/49 Number Generator
When is the cut-off for ticket sales?
Ticket sales close at 10:30pm ET on draw nights, shortly before the draw itself takes place. The draw itself is made within a few minutes, with results verified and made available soon after that.
Those playing online through a lottery concierge are reminded that such services may close their sales earlier to ensure that the tickets can still be purchased.
What is the CA$1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw?
This supplementary game is a standard feature on Lotto 6/49 tickets, similar to the UK's Millionaire Raffle and other such prizes. Each ticket is given a unique ten-digit number, comprising a one-digit prefix based on where it is sold, a seven-digit number allocated to each ticket consecutively, and a two-digit suffix that identifies different lines on the same play ticket e.g. 01, 02 etc.
The first digit refers to the location the ticket was bought: tickets from British Columbia will start with a 0 or a 1, Western Canada tickets will start with a 2 or 3, Ontario tickets will start with a 4 or 5, Quebec tickets will start with a 6 or 7, and Atlantic provinces’ tickets – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador – will start with an 8 or 9.
The first eight digits of the ticket will refer to the number pool set by their region of issue. For example, Ontario – with tickets starting with 4 or 5 – will have the number pool of 40000000 – 59999999. These eight digits are the same for all entries of that particular ticket.
The last two digits identifies the amount of Guaranteed Prize Draw selections for that specific ticket, starting with one an increasing whenever additional selections are made.
Example Guaranteed Prize Draw code for British Columbia - 01234567-01
In a standard draw, one of the entered ten-digit numbers is chosen at random to receive CA$1 million - the winning ticket is chosen from only the numbers that are known to have been allocated, which in theory guarantees a winner in every draw, and creates at least two Canadian-dollar millionaires each week.
How long do I have to claim my prize?
The standard claim deadline is one year from the date of the draw, after which time the prize expires and you can no longer claim it. This deadline applies to all Lotto 6/49 prizes, including the main draw and the Guaranteed Prize Draw or CA$1 million raffle.
Do I have to pay tax?
Under Canadian law, windfall prizes on games of chance are not taxable.
With that said, you may need to pay any usual income tax under your own local laws if you are playing from outside of Canada via a lottery courier service.
Lotto 6/49 prizes usually are paid as a lump sum, but in the event of a special draw with an annuity prize, you might also have to pay income tax within Canada on any interest generated from your initial win amount, but usually not on the original lump sum, even if it is invested on your behalf rather than being paid over in full.
How many combinations are available on the ENCORE game?
10 million. The number matrix for the game ranges from 0000000 to 9999999, and once all possible combinations have been sold, the numbers will start to repeat.
Is there jackpot cap for the Lotto 6/49 game?
No – the jackpot for Lotto 6/49 will continue to roll over until a player wins it.
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