Ontario 49 is one of several popular lottery games played in Ontario, Canada.
Draws take place twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 22:30 local time, with ticket sales ending shortly before the draw.
Ontario 49 tickets cost CAD 1.00.
To enter Ontario 49, choose six numbers between 1 and 49, or go for a Quick Pick to enter with randomly generated numbers.
In Combination Play, up to nine numbers are entered into the draw, with all chosen numbers being played in every possible combination to provide a much better chance of winning a prize, but with a considerably more expensive ticket!
For an additional CAD 1.00, ENCORE prints a seven-digit number onto the ticket, with players who match the numbers in order winning the CAD 1 million jackpot. ENCORE is a great value game with 22 different prize tiers.
In Advance Play, up to 26 draws can be entered at once.
Ontario 49 has a fixed jackpot of CAD 2 million that is shared equally if there is more than one winner. There is no jackpot rollover, nor does the jackpot roll down to the next prize tier.
The odds of winning the Ontario 49 jackpot are 1 in 13,983,816.
Players can win at seven different prize tiers, with odds of 1 in 7 of winning a prize.
All prizes, including the jackpot, are fixed, with players winning a free Quick Pick entry for the next draw if they match two numbers.
Players have up to a year to claim Ontario 49 prizes.
Jackpot prizes are paid out as lump sums only.
Lottery prizes in all Canadian provinces are 100% tax free, but overseas players should check local laws to find out if taxes apply at home.
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy lottery tickets in Ontario.
Tickets can be purchased from authorized lottery retailers across the province, but the official Ontario 49 website does not sell tickets online.
Ontario 49 tickets are on sale, however, at some Lottery Agent websites, giving players the chance to participate online.
Ontario 49 was launched on October 1, 1997, with its fixed jackpot of CAD 2 million being established in May 2014, in addition to new prize tiers being added to improve the original winning odds of 1 in 54, to 1 in 7 overall.