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ALL ABOUT ONTARIO 49
$1 per play.
Jackpot is fixed at $2 million per draw.
Play 6 numbers from 1 to 49 (just like LOTTO 6/49).
Now you can play up to 26 weeks in a row with Advance Play. With 2 draws per week, that's up to 52 draws in advance!
View the latest draw here
Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday
Download the official ONTARIO 49 Game Conditions. Download the official Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Rules Respecting Lottery Games. While efforts are made to ensure that the rules and game conditions are accurate and up to date, they cannot always reflect changes. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) reserves the right to change these game conditions and Rules Respecting Lottery Games with or without notice and at such times and in such manner as OLG deems appropriate.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on our website, no warranty of accuracy or completeness is expressed or implied. Visit a retailer to obtain a list of official winning numbers or to use an in-store ticket checker.
HOW TO PLAY ONTARIO 49 LOTTERY IN CANADA
Canada Ontario 49 is a lotto game operated by Ontario Lottery corporation and available only for the local players. It uses the same format as another local lottery Million Dollars. The lottery offers millions in prizes and holds draws two times a week on every Wednesday and Saturday. It was launched in 1997 by Ontario Lottery Corporation. At the time of writing the next jackpot was $2000000. Remember that Jackpot winning chances are 1 in 13983816. The lottery uses a 6/49 matrix. The 6 Ontario 49 winning numbers are drawn every Wednesday and Saturday in Toronto at 9 p.m. local time (UTC -4). The lotto’s jackpot is a set amount which can be split between several winners.
THE PRICE OF THE LOTTERY TICKET
Ontario 49 Lotto ticket costs $1 only
Earlier the lottery ticket was priced 50 Canadian cents. Now it costs $1 per play. As said earlier Jackpot is fixed at $2 million per draw. You play 6 numbers from 1 to 49 (just like LOTTO 6/49). Now you can play up to 26 weeks in a row with Advance Play. With 2 draws per week, that’s up to 52 draws in advance!
HOW TO PLAY ONTARIO 49
There are two ways to play this lottery and you should know the rules
One is Quick Pick and that is the easiest way to play. Simply ask your lottery retailer for a Quick Pick OR check the Quick Pick box on a Lotto6/49-Ontario 49 Selection Slip. The lottery terminal will randomly select your numbers.
Quick Pick in Ontario 49
If you want to play for more than one draw in advance, mark the number of draws in the Advance Play box. You can play up to 26 weeks in a row. With 2 draws per week, that’s up to 52 draws in advance.
The other way is Pick your Own
On a LOTTO 6/49-ONTARIO 49 Selection Slip, mark ONTARIO 49 in the game box. Choose six numbers from 1 to 49 on up to 10 boards (each board costs $1). Or, check BOTH to play the same numbers for LOTTO 6/49 and ONTARIO 49.
If you want to play for more than one draw in advance, mark the number of draws in the Advance Play box. You can play up to 26 weeks in a row. With 2 draws per week, that’s up to 52 draws in advance. Give your completed Selection Slip to the lottery retailer and your ticket will be printed.
Pick your own Ontario 49
To play ENCORE, mark the number of ENCORE plays you would like to add in the ENCORE play section box. Each ENCORE play added costs $1 and you can select up to 10 plays per draw.
If you want to play for more than one draw, mark the number of draws in the Advance Play box. Six numbers and one Bonus number are drawn for the ONTARIO 49 draw. Match the numbers drawn to win.
Winning on a Combination Play ticket is the same as winning on a regular ticket – but because you have multiple sets of numbers, you can win multiple prizes.
You can play five-, seven-, eight- and nine-number Combination Plays.
- Five-number Combination Play costs $44 per draw
- Seven-number Combination Play costs $7 per draw
- Eight-number Combination Play costs $28 per draw
- Nine-number Combination Play costs $84 per draw
Play up to 10 draws in advance. Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets are sold until 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on draw nights. You will receive a single ticket from the retailer that will show the combination numbers you’ve selected (e.g., five numbers for the five-number Combination Play). All possible combinations, however, will be recorded in the central computer.
Remember that the LOTTO 6/49-ONTARIO 49 Combination Play Selection Slip is different from the regular LOTTO 6/49-ONTARIO 49 Selection Slip.
HOW TO KNOW THE ONTARIO 49 RESULTS
The latest Ontario 49 results are available after the draws held in Toronto at 9.00 p.m. local time (UTC -5). There are several ways to check Ontario 49 results:
- You can find out Ontario 49 results at any retail outlet of Canada national lottery or from the local newspapers.
- The latest Ontario 49 results can be checked on the lottery’s official website, where you can also try luck online.
Remember to sign the ticket, Take your signed ticket to the OLG retailer for prize verification on a lottery terminal if you have won.
- You will see a winning message on the Customer Display Screen and hear a winning message play from the lottery terminal.
- For LOTTO tickets, your winning prize amount will be printed (or ‘branded’) on the front, left-hand side of your original ticket.
- If the retailer can pay your prize, he or she will tear through the bar code of your paid-out ticket, and return the validated ticket to you along with the corresponding Customer Receipt.
- If a retailer is unable to validate your ticket because it is damaged you must mail it to the Prize Centreto determine if the ticket has won a prize.
HOW TO GET THE PRIZE IN CASE OF WINNING ONTARIO 49
Winners of Ontario 49
ONTARIO 49 prizes must be claimed within 12 months of the draw date. Unclaimed prizes from Ontario-only Lotto, Sports and Instant Games are directed to profits paid to the provincial government to benefit the people of Ontario.
All the cash prizes including the jackpot are paid out by Ontario Lottery corporation as a lump sum. The lottery prizes are to be claimed within a year from the draw date.
- The prizes less than $300 (Canadian dollars) can be obtained at any Ontario Lottery tickets retail outlet. The prizes of $301 to $999 can be claimed after filling in the prize payment request in any “Ontario Lottery” outlet. To get the cash prizes of $1000 to $9,999 you will also have to fill in the prize request form at which will be sent to the prize payment center in Toronto along with your winning ticket.
- The same goes about the cash prizes from $10,000 to $250,000.
- In case you were lucky to win $250,000 and more you will have to come personally and bring your ticket with the winning Ontario 49 numbers to the lottery officials in Toronto prize payment center.
You can also try your lottery luck online, play and check Ontario 49 results online. Ontario 49 is offered by The Lotter; Lotto 365 and at OLG website. Remember you should be 18 and over years of age to try your luck in this lottery.
By Nicholas Christensen
Last Updated: September 24, 2018
Ontario 49, a Canadian mid-range lottery, offers familiarity with a dose of the unexpected. Based on the 6/49 lotto format, it’s easy to learn the mechanics of this game, while features like the Encore and Combination Play keep things fresh and exciting. More than that, Ontario 49 also features a fixed $2M jackpot, bi-weekly draws, and tax-free lump sum payouts. What else does it have on tap? Join me as I dive deeper and see what makes Ontario 49 tick!
About Ontario 49
Ontario 49 was launched in 1997, with its first ever draw being held on October of that year. Since April 2000 up to today, the game has been operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). For the most part, the core concept of the game has more or less remained the same since its launch.
On May 2014, however, several tweaks to the mechanics were introduced. Jackpots were now at $2,000,000, and the chances of winning any prize greatly improved—from 1 in 54 to 1 in 6.6. These changes, along with new prize categories, were seen as welcome changes as they improved Ontario 49 by a great deal.
Quick Ontario 49 Facts
- Fixed Jackpot: Unlike other lotteries, Ontario 49 jackpots are of a fixed amount. Good thing is it’s a pretty sizable sum: CA$2,000,000.
- Bi-Weekly Draws: Draws are held every Wednesdays and Saturdays, so you get two chances to win per week.
- Familiar Mechanics: Ontario 49 draws from the classic 6/49 game format so both novices and veterans alike should have no problems learning the ropes.
- 7 Prize Tiers: Ontario 49 features seven prize tiers you win in—where the minimum requirement to win a prize is by matching only two numbers.
- Tax-Free: All Ontario 49 prizes are 100% tax-free at the source.
How Does Ontario 49 Work?
As I mentioned previously, Ontario 49 is based off the oft used 6/49 lottery format. To old hats, playing this game should be second nature. However, if this is your first time playing the lottery, it’s pretty easy to learn. To play, you must pick six numbers from a selection range consisting of the numbers 1 to 49. In addition, a bonus number is also selected—which is used to determine some lower-tier winners.
Speaking of winning, you must match all six numbers to bag the top prize. Meanwhile, matching only five plus the bonus number will award you the second prize tier. In total, there are seven tiers you can win in.
If you’re playing without the help of an online lottery site (i.e. you’re purchasing straight from lottery retailers in Ontario), you can also opt to play the Encore. For an additional CA$1, you will get entry to this bonus game that gives you the chance to win prizes up to CA$1,000,000.
You can also add a Combination Play ticket if you want to win multiple prizes. Combination Play tickets work the same as regular tickets, but these let you play more numbers in the form of five to nine-number combinations. So, if you activate this feature, it will increase your chances of winning. Prices start at $44.
The Odds of Winning
Ontario 49’s odds are pretty much what you would expect from a mid-range lottery. In other words, you won’t be facing long odds found in bigger games—like SuperEnalotto—but you’re still up against a 1 in 13,983,816 chance of winning the jackpot. Check out the quick breakdown below:
|Numbers Matched||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|6||CA$2,000,000||1 in 13,983,816|
|5 + 1||CA$50,000||1 in 2,330,636|
|5||CA$500||1 in 55,492|
|4||CA$50||1 in 1,033|
|3||CA$10||1 in 56.7|
|2 + 1||CA$3||1 in 81.2|
|2||Free Play||1 8.3|
|Odds of Winning Anything||1 in 6.6|
So What Happens if You Win?
If you win in either of the first two tiers, take note that prizes are divided equally should multiple winners come forward. Thankfully, Ontario 49 prizes are paid out as a lump sum and are 100% tax-free, so you won’t have to worry about other deductions.
That said, if you aren’t from Canada you may have to deal with your local tax laws. Similarly, if you played Ontario 49 using a lottery agent service, take note that some services might withhold a percentage of your winnings as commission.
Winners have a year from the draw date to come forward and claim their prize. In the event that prizes go unclaimed, the provincial government will use the funds for various projects that will benefit Ontario residents.
The Biggest Ontario 49 Winners
Thanks to the fixed prize structure of Ontario 49, there aren’t any “biggest winners.” At least, not like other lotteries where players can win varying jackpots. Of course, those who win the top prize here are still considered big winners. Here are some of the winners of Ontario 49 so far:
Ontario 49 Fun Facts
- In 2012, a group of friends decided to try their luck on the Ontario 49 game on a whim—only to end up winning CA$1,000,000! Each of the members of the group took home around CAD$47,619.
- Two entities ensure that Ontario 49 adheres to operational and legal standards. The lottery itself is run and operated by the Ontario Lottery Corporation, which is a part of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.
- The core mechanics of Ontario 49 has largely remained the same since its inception—save for prizes getting bigger, new prize categories being added and odds getting better.
- Ontario 49 utilizes a traditional, mechanical lottery machine to for drawings instead of an automated computer pumping out numbers.
The Bottom Line on Ontario 49
Are YOU ready to win CA$2,000,000?
Ontario 49 has a lot of good things going for it. The simple mechanics based on the 6/49 format make it easy for anyone to learn this game in no time, while the various modes of play keep things fresh and exciting. Of course, it also helps that prizes are paid out in cash and are tax-free at the source. While some of the prizes are unimpressive—even with the bonus number matched—the jackpot is quite good for a fixed prize. All in all, Ontario 49 is one lottery game definitely worth checking out.
I am from Nigeria. I received an email saying that my email is attached to a winning ticket and i didn’t purchase any ticket, is that email to be trusted? It stated that they have picked from a wide selection of emails and mine was one of those who won. To claim the winnings I must fill out basic information and i should contact their agent in South Africa. How are my going to be sure its real?
Robert Kamau Kiroga
How can I confirm that I have truly won,since I got an email telling me I have won
If you used a lottery site to join Ontario 49, they should have a claiming process in place. You can also get in touch with OLG, the gaming corporation running Ontario 49, by calling this number: 1-800-387-0098.
However, it must be noted that if you didn’t play Ontario 49 at any point in the past, then it is most definitely a scam–beware!
I received an email saying that my email is attached to a winning ticket, is that email to be trusted? It stated that they have picked from a wide selection of emails and mine was one of those who won. To claim the winnings I must fill out basic information.
Cristian de los Santos
I have won on Ontario 49. I received an email who said a information about de Lottery but i can’t call someone for claim that money ,i from argentina. Pelase , can you give some number to call or a mail dress? Thank you very much.
If you’re from Argentina, I’m assuming you used a lottery site to purchase Ontario 49 tickets? If so, you should contact the lottery site itself. They should be able to help you claim your winnings. If you want to go directly to the source, you can call OLG (the gaming corporation that operates Ontario 49) on this number: 1-800-387-0098.
However, if you simply received an email claiming you won, but did not actually purchase an Ontario 49 ticket, be careful! That could be a scam.
But if you did purchase a ticket, try my suggestions above. Good luck!
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