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General Information: Lottery and Gaming

The federal Criminal Code (Canada) establishes what types of gaming activities are permitted, and the provinces are assigned responsibility for operating, licensing and regulating permitted gaming activities.

In Ontario, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario ( AGCO ) is responsible for regulating the following types of gaming activities.

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation ( OLG ) Lotteries
  • Casino Gaming
  • Charitable Gaming
  • OLG Charitable Gaming
  • Internet Gaming

For more information on the gaming activities that the AGCO regulates, please visit What We Do: Lottery and Gaming.

This portal is intended for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about the AGCO ’s roles and responsibilities in respect of gaming activities in Ontario, including the types of charitable gaming lottery licenses that are available from the AGCO .

For more information about the operation of gaming services by the OLG , please visit the OLG website.

The federal Criminal Code (Canada) establishes what types of gaming activities are permitted, and the provinces are assigned responsibility for operating, licensing and regulating permitted gaming activities. In Ontario, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for regulating the following types of gaming activities.

Your Guide To The Lotteries

LOTTO MAX

The Ticket: Each minimum $5 play provides three lines of 7 numbers.
The Jackpot: Starts at $10 million and can grow to $70 million.
The Draw: Every Tuesday and Friday. Simply purchase a ticket at a participating retailer by 10:30 p.m. EST on the draw date to participate in that day’s draw.
The Odds: Main Jackpot: 33,294,800 per $5 play.

Bonus Feature

When the LOTTO MAX jackpot reaches and exceeds $50 million, additional $1 million prizes are offered, called MAXMILLIONS. When MAXMILLIONS prizes are available, your Lotto Max ticket not only gives you a chance at the main jackpot but it also gives you a chance to win any of the $1 million MAXMILLIONS draws on the same date, automatically with purchase. .

LOTTO 6/49

The Ticket: Each play costs $3 and includes one set of 6 numbers ranging from 1 to 49 for the main jackpot plus a 10-digit set of numbers for the $1-million guaranteed prize draw.
The Main Jackpot: Starts at $5 million and grows until it’s won. There is no capped maximum amount to the jackpot.
The Draw: Every Wednesday and Saturday. Simply purchase a ticket at a participating retailer by 10:30 p.m. EST on the draw date.
The Odds: Main Jackpot: 1 in 13,983,816 per $3 play. For more information on odds, visit OLG.ca.

Special Feature

LOTTO 6/49 will sometimes offer a Guaranteed Prize Draw for a smaller jackpot of $1 million. This exciting extra feature, included in a $3 play, guarantees at least one winning ticket among the tickets sold for the draw.

LOTTARIO

The Ticket: Two sets of six numbers ranging from 1-45 for two chances to win the main jackpot per $1 play.
The Main Jackpot: Starts at $250,000 and grows until it’s won. There is no capped maximum amount to the jackpot.
The Draw: Every Saturday. Simply purchase a ticket at a participating retailer by 10:30 p.m. EST on the draw date.
The Odds: Main Jackpot: 1 in 4,072,530 per $1 play.

Special Feature

The Early Bird draw provides another chance to win. To be entered in the $50,000 Early Bird Draw, just buy a ticket at a participating retailer before 11:59:59 p.m. ET on a Friday.

Ontario 49

The Ticket: Play 6 numbers from 1 to 49 the same as LOTTO 6/49. Each play costs $1.

The Jackpot: A guaranteed $2-million Jackpot for every draw, twice per week.

The Draw: Every Wednesday and Saturday. Simply purchase a ticket at a participating retailer by 10:30 p.m. EST on the draw date.

The Odds: Main Jackpot: 1 in 13,983,816 per $1 play.

Daily Grand

The Ticket: 5 main numbers ranging from 1 to 49, and 1 grand number ranging from 1 to 7 costs $3.
The Jackpot: $1,000 a day for life.
The Draw: Every Monday and Thursday. Simply purchase a ticket at a participating retailer by 10:30 p.m. EST on the draw date.
The Odds: Main Jackpot: 1 in 13,348,188 per $3 play.

For more information on Daily Grand and ways to play, visit OLG.ca.

Encore

The Ticket: A bonus game attached to another draw-based lottery game that offers an extra chance to win for $1. Receive an additional set of numbers to match against the ENCORE draw. You can play up to ten times per ticket.
The Jackpot: $1 million.
The Draw: The ENCORE draw is at the same time as the original game selected. Check the draw dates for the chosen game.
The Odds: Overall odds of winning any prize are 1 in 9.17.

ENCORE numbers are randomly selected by the lottery terminal. They can’t be selected by players, and are drawn on the same day as the draw for the main lottery game selected. Only one set of ENCORE numbers is drawn and applies to all games.

What Kind Of Player Are You?

Which games best suit your play style? One way to find out is to try a few different games. You can also take this fun and easy quiz.

Learn about different types of lotteries. Visit PlaySmart to discover interesting facts about Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Lottario, Ontario 49, Encore, and more.