Lotto 649 Review
Years ago, I would have hesitated recommending Canada’s Lotto 6/49 for jackpots. With the strengthening of the Canadian dollar, this is one very attractive lottery. Okay – I admit it. This is one that I’ve been playing for years. I haven’t hit the big jackpot yet but have won enough to fund my play, plus picked up a few trinkets along the way. Admittedly, my new Calloway Black RAZR golf clubs are not considered a trinket, but they do make me smile.
Wednesday and Saturday – Try Your Luck at 649 Lotto
Canada’s Lotto 6/49 is played bi-weekly, Wednesday and Saturday. Players chose six numbers from 1 to 49 using their favorite, lucky or regular numbers. The quick pick is also available where the computer randomly selects six numbers. The big jackpot is won by choosing the six numbers drawn. The second prize pays out for five correct numbers and the bonus. The bonus ball is drawn from the same 1 to 49 numbers.
Multiple winners share the prizes at all levels except nailing 3 numbers out of 6 ($10) and 2 numbers out of six with the bonus number ($5). It’s a rollover jackpot that starts at CDN $3 million and grows.
Lotto Numbers 649
All prizes – yes, that includes the big jackpot, are paid out in full and considered by the Canadian government as tax-free. If you are an international player, you might have tax considerations in your own country.
|Prize Divisions||Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|Division 1||6/6||1 in 13,983,816|
|Division 2||5/6 + Bonus||1 in 2,330,636|
|Division 3||5/6||1 in 55,492|
|Division 4||4/6||1 in 1,033|
|Division 5||3/6||1 in 57|
|Division 6||2/6 + Bonus||1 in 81|
But I’m Not Canadian!
Anyone can play Lotto 6/49, and this is underlined by the fact they have a special page supplying the correct form for non-Canadians to claim their winnings. Anything under $1,000 can be claimed directly from a retailer. Anything over $1,000 has to be claimed at the specific provincial head office. Lotto 6/49 must be claimed in the province the ticket was issued.
Who Is Lotto 649?
This lottery is officially run under the rules and regulations of the International Lottery Corporation. Each province has its own Corporation for operating the Lotto 6/49, owned by the province. The rules and regulations are obvious and straightforward in nice simple English.
Lotto 6/49’s Customer Service
I’m not sure why anyone would contact Lotto 6/49. Still, they offer local telephone numbers (which can be dialed internationally), a free call telephone number, snail mail address, and an online form. Their provincial websites have everything most players would need to learn, including the forms to claim their big jackpot. Of course, if you are an international play, most good concierge lottery services will have those forms for you.
You’ve Won – Whoops, it’s a Scam
Lotto 6/49, like so many well-respected lotteries worldwide, have experienced the usual scams that arrive by regular mail or email. These scam artists claim that you’ve won but require taxes and/or service fees are paid upfront. Some of them also include a check (deducted from your winnings) to help pay for taxes, though you have to send through Wal-Mart (go figure) back to them. Of course, the check bounces. Just remember, if you haven’t bought a ticket, then you can’t win.
Newsflash at 6/49 Lotto
Starting 15th September 2013, Lotto 6/49 will be changing their prize format. They are adding a new free play prize simply by matching just 2 numbers. More importantly, they add a new unique number with each lottery line played for an additional draw of CDN $1 million. This draw is guaranteed to be awarded each draw – that’s twice a week. With these two changes, Lotto 6/49 claims the overall odds of winning changes from 1 in 32 to 1 in 7.
The Bottom Line at Lotto 649
This was a hard one to investigate and review as I’ve been playing it for years. Okay – I admit it – I’m biased. But it was a great exercise to go in and look at it from the perspective of someone who had never played.
Going To Canada to Get My Big Jackpot
I like the $1 million new prize tier Lotto 649 are offering that is won every draw. I would have wanted to be the winner of the $17 million paid out in April, but I am still confident I will get my turn to nail that big jackpot.