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About the Lottery in Canada
Lotteries in Canada are administered by five separate lottery operators, with each one responsible for conducting lotto games in a specific province or region. All five are owned owned by each jurisdiction’s local government.
Each lottery operator works in conjunction with the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, or ILC, to make major lotteries like Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max, and Daily Grand available on the national level. Each operator also offers games unique to their region.
These five different lottery operators are listed below. You can click on each operator’s name to learn more about the games they offer, where and how to play, and much more.
Serves Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Serves Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.
Exclusive lottery operator in Ontario.
Canadian Crown lottery operator in British Columbia.
Lottery operator in the province of Quebec.
List of National Lotteries in Canada
Lotto 6/49 is the first national lottery in Canada to allow players to pick their own numbers. As its name would suggest, players have to choose 6 numbers from 1 to 49 to play. Matching all of your picks with the official draw will earn you the jackpot – which starts at $5 million and rolls over every draw until it’s won.
Canada’s Lotto 6/49 has drawings every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Canada Lotto Max
Launched in 2009 as a replacement to Lotto Super 7, Lotto Max is today one of Canada’s biggest national lotteries. To play, just pick 7 numbers from 1 to 50. Match the 7 main numbers and you win the jackpot.
Jackpots start at $10 million and roll over every draw until it’s won. Currently, a $70 million prize ceiling is imposed for the jackpot. Secondary prizes are determined by additional bonus balls which are drawn after the main balls.
Lotto Max drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night.
Launched in October 2016, Daily Grand is the third national lottery to be made available to all regions in Canada. The game gives players a chance to win up to $1,000 everyday for life.
To win, players have to pick 5 numbers from 1 to 49, plus an additional Grand Number from 1 to 7. Match all 6 numbers and you take home the grand prize. With 9 prize tiers in total and more than 1 in 7 chances of winning a prize, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Daily Grand has drawings every Monday and Thursday night.
Daily Grand is known as Grande Vie in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
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Canadian Lotto Winners
The Biggest Jackpot in Canada, $65 million
The current record for Canada’s biggest jackpot in lottery history was won by the Lanteri family from Montreal. They won the record prize back in June 2019 from a game of Lotto Max.
Interestingly, this isn’t the family’s first lottery jackpot. Two years ealier, in January 2017, Giuseppa Lanteri won $1 million from a different lottery.
Lucky Man $60 Million Winner from Alberta, Bon Truong
A landscaper from Edmonton, Alberta was the winner of the massive prize back for a Lotto Max drawing back in October 2018. He claimed his prize 10 months after the draw and revealed that he had been playing his winning combination for more than 30 years.
Youngest Lottery Winner in Canada, Charlie Lagarde
In a story of unbelievably good luck, Charlie Lagarde from the Quebec region won $1,000 a week for life after buying her first ever lottery ticket for her 18th birthday.
Check out our article on the youngest lottery winners of all time to find out more. Also, if you’d like to learn more about other big lottery winners, you can read our article on the biggest lotto winners and where they are now.
Canada Lottery Questions
How old do you have to be to buy lottery tickets in Canada?
The minimum playing age for lotteries in Canada is 18 years old, except in Atlantic Canada where it is 19. Access to some casinos may also be restricted to those 19 and above.
Are lottery winnings taxable in Canada?
No. Lottery winnings in Canada are not considered as income, and therefore not subject to tax. However, some prizes that are paid out in annuity may require the winner to pay taxes. Taxes may sometimes apply for lottery tickets purchased outside an operator’s jurisdiction.
Can you stay anonymous after winning the lottery in Canada?
For large prizes $10,000 and above, winners have to provide a clear photo of their face or have their photo taken by the lottery operator, which is used as news and promotional material. This is done to ensure the integrity of the lottery system.
Where can I find advice for lottery winners in Canada?
Check out the following guides to ensure that you avoid the lottery curse and make the most of your winnings:
You might also want to check out our lottery calculators page for some useful tools to help you plan ahead.