All About the Canadian Lottario

Lottario Winner -  $100,000 winning Encore ticket sold in Bolton
Lottario Winner -  $100,000 winning Encore ticket sold in Bolton
While there are a good number of lotteries which can be played internationally, there are some lotteries which are exclusive to residents of a particular geographical location. An example of such a Lottery game is the Canadian Lottario. Created by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission, the Lottario lottery is a game exclusive to the residents of Ontario, Canada. This means that for someone to participate in the lottery, he/she must reside in the province of Ontario. Because of this, the Lottario jackpot cannot compare with the jackpots of other domestic lottery games such as the Lotto 6/49 and the Lotto Max. However, because of its small jurisdiction, the odds of winning a prize are very impressive as compared to those of other flagship lottery games. The first ever draw of the Lottario lottery took place on Saturday, 14th November 2015 thereby making the game a fairly new game when compared to its counterparts.

How to Play the Lottario


The Lottario lottery follows a 6/45+1 matrix. With this method of play, players are expected to pick six numbers from 1 to 45. Players can play the Lottario lottery using either the manual selection method or the Quick Pick method. Players can choose to pick their own numbers by simply marking their six numbers on the Lottario Selection Slip and handing over the slip to the retailer. Players can mark their six numbers on a maximum of 10 boards per slip. Each board costs $1. Alternatively, players can choose to let the system choose random numbers on their behalf. To play using this method, players will have to check the Quick Pick box on their Lottario Selection Slip or simply ask their lottery retailer for a Quick Pick. This method of play is the fastest and easiest method of play and is suitable for first-timers or players who are in a hurry. Once a Quick Pick is played, the terminal randomly generates two sets of six numbers for the player.

Another method of play is the Combination Play. The combination system of play allows players to increase their chances of matching more Lottario winning numbers by playing combinations of numbers chosen. The combination system of play gives players the chance to win multiple prizes by playing multiple combinations of numbers chosen. To play via Combination Play, simply choose the Combination type you wish to play by marking the appropriate box. Players can choose between the 5, 7, 8 or 9 number combination. After choosing the combination, players can then move forward to choose their numbers based on the combination played. This means that players who played the 7-number combination play should choose their 7 numbers, those who chose 8-number combination play should choose 8 numbers and so on. Once the numbers have been chosen, the selected numbers together with a second set of system-generated numbers, are then automatically arranged into all the different combinations of six. Because the combination play method improves the odds of winning, the prize per ticket is also different from that of a regular Lottario ticket. A combination ticket of 5 numbers costs $40 while a 7-number combination ticket costs $7. 8-number and 9-number combination tickets cost $28 and $84 respectively.

Another option of the Lottario is the “Encore”. The Encore is a complimentary game to the Lottario which offers players a chance to win $1 million. Encore offers players 22 different ways to win a prize and prizes start from $2. To add this option to your ticket, simply mark the number of Encore you wish to play on your selection slip. Alternatively, you can ask your lottery retailer to include the Encore option on your Lottario Quick Picks. The cost per play for Encore is $1 and players can play Encore for a maximum of 10 times per ticket.

Players can also choose to play their chosen numbers for future draws. This feature is referred to as the “Advance Play” option and the Lottario lottery gives players the chance to play up to 26 weeks of advance play. There is also the “Early Bird” draw during which four Early Bird numbers are drawn. To win the Early Bird Prize, players have to hit all Early Bird numbers. All tickets purchased before 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday are automatically considered for the Early Bird draw.

Winnings and Prizes


Draws for the Lottario lottery are held every week on Saturday night. Up till 10:30 PM ET on draw night, players can purchase tickets online through online vendors such as Lottosend. During the draw, six balls are extracted from a pool of 45 balls. An additional ball – Bonus ball, is also extracted after the first six balls have been drawn. Should a player match all six main balls, he/she wins the Lottario jackpot. The Lottario jackpot has a starting amount of $250,000 which is rolled over to the next draw each time it is not won. There is no cap for the jackpot and as such, the jackpot amount can grow into millions. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $1 play stand at 1 in 4,072 million. 

The second prize which amounts to $10,000 is won by hitting five of the six main numbers plus the Bonus number. With odds that stand at 1 in 678,755, winning this prize doesn’t seem far-fetched. The third prize can be won by hitting 5 of the 6 main balls. The amount for successfully winning this prize is $500. Other prizes exist for matching 0, 3 or 4 main numbers plus the Bonus number. Prizes also exist for those who match, 3 or 4 main numbers without the Bonus number. Prize amounts increase as the number of balls matched increase. The prize for matching just the Bonus number is one Free Play while the odds of matching any prize is 1 in 5.8. 

The Early Bird Prize of $50,000 is shared equally among all the players who match the four Early Bird numbers. All prizes must be claimed within a one-year period after which all unclaimed prizes will be paid to the provincial government of Ontario.

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