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Want to play a lottery game without filling out a selection slip, or waiting days for the draw results? LIGHTNING LOTTO is a growing progressive jackpot game that can be won as fast—and as randomly—as lightning strikes.

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The object of the game

Buy a Quick Pick and see if the randomly generated numbers on your ticket match the winning draw numbers.

How Lightning Lotto Works

Four hands each hold up a LIGHTNING LOTTO ticket above a line of five numbers.

Unlike a traditional lottery game where winning numbers are drawn after tickets have been sold, the winning numbers for LIGHTNING LOTTO are drawn at the beginning of the day, and then each ticket sold tries to randomly match the pre-drawn winning numbers—like a lottery in reverse. The jackpot starts at $125,000 and grows until it’s won.

When a jackpot is won, it resets to $125,000 and starts growing again. New winning numbers are drawn every day, but jackpots may roll over and keep growing into the following day. That means each ticket is only valid for one day only.

How numbers are drawn

A random number generator has an arrow pointing towards a LIGHTNING LOTTO ticket and another arrow pointing towards a line of five numbers.

The initial draw for winning numbers, and the Quick Pick numbers drawn for each ticket are determined by a random number generator (RNG) that spins through thousands of numbers per second. The RNG is spinning through numbers non-stop, even before a draw takes place, and freezes on a number once it’s activated. This ensures that every number selected is completely random, with no way for players or retailers to affect or predict the outcome.

How to Play in 4 Easy Steps

  • A LIGHTNING LOTTO ticket comes out of a lottery terminal.

    Ask your retailer for a LIGHTNING LOTTO ticket, anywhere from $2 (3 lines of numbers) up to $10 (15 lines). Every ticket is Quick Pick—no need to fill out a selection slip.


    Pay and then get your ticket. Every line on your ticket will include 5 randomly generated numbers from 1-49. Match 2 of 5 numbers for the minimum prize, and 5 of 5 for the progressive jackpot.

  • A CDU screen shows the LIGHTNING LOTTO logo.

    Get instant results: you’ll know if you’ve won right away based on your ticket. If you win a prize over $5,000, the CDU will show an animation to let you know.

  • Holding cash.

    Claim your prize: if it’s $5000 or more, you’ll head to the Toronto Prize Centre. Otherwise your retailer will pay you out.

Budget your play

At $2 per draw, LIGHTNING LOTTO is an inexpensive form of gambling, but one that can add up quickly. If this game is for you, consider setting a play budget for the week or month. Playing the minimum $2 LIGHTNING LOTTO draw once a week would require an $8 monthly budget. Gambling is entertainment, so keep it fun!