Played across Canada, Poker Lotto games are individually operated by the country’s five lottery operators: Ontario Lottery, Western Canada Lottery, British Columbia Lottery, Loto Quebec and Atlantic Lottery.
Poker Lotto is a two-part game: the Instant Win game played immediately after the purchase of a ticket, and the main draw that takes place daily at 22:30 local time or later in each region.
Entry costs CAD 2.00, with selections being Quick Pick only
Players are given five cards as in a traditional poker hand, and if a ticket includes a pair of 10s or better, an instant prize is won. Players also play for the All-In jackpot in the nightly draw.
Optional secondary games are available for players in Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
In the instant-win game, the minimum jackpot in Quebec and British Columbia is CAD 5,000, but CAD 10,000 everywhere else.
All Canadian lottery operators offer a fixed jackpot of CAD 100,000 for the nightly draw.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Poker Lotto jackpot are 1 in 2,598,960 for the All-In game, and 1 in 649,740 for the instant win Poker Hands.
Even though each lottery operator runs its own games, they all have the same format and structure, with the odds of winning a prize being the same across all of Canada.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||5||1 in 2,598,960||0.00004|
|2||4||1 in 11,059||0.009|
|3||3||1 in 240||0.4|
|4||2||1 in 16||6.25|
The overall chances of winning an All-In prize are 1 in 15.
Instant Poker Hand Game
|Prize Category||Poker Hand||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||Royal Flush||1 in 649,740||0.0001|
|2||Straight Flush||1 in 72,193||0.001|
|3||Four of a Kind||1 in 4,165||0.02|
|4||Full House||1 in 694||0.14|
|5||Flush||1 in 508||0.2|
|6||Straight||1 in 254||0.4|
|7||Three of a Kind||1 in 47||2.1|
|8||Two Pairs||1 in 21||4.8|
|9||Pair of 10s or Better||1 in 6||16.7|
The overall chances of winning a Poker Hand prize are 1 in 4.
Payout and Taxes
Poker Lotto prizes are tax free in Canada, with each lottery operator paying out winnings as lump sums only.
Players have up to one year to claim prizes.
Who Can Play Poker Lotto?
Players must be at least 18 years of age to participate in Quebec, Ontario and the following provinces under the jurisdiction of the Western Canada Lottery Corporation: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Players must be at least 19 years of age to participate in British Columbia and in the following provinces under the jurisdiction of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Poker Lotto tickets are available from authorized lottery retailers across Canada, with players in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces able to play online or via the mobile app.
Canadian Poker Lotto games are not available overseas.
History of Poker Lotto
Poker Lotto games in Canada are operated as individual draws by each provincial lottery corporation.