The Object of the Game
To win a draw-based lottery, the numbers you pick must match some of the numbers drawn. When you buy your ticket, select a set of numbers, or a “line”. A line can be a set of five to seven numbers, ranging from 1 to 45, or 1 to 49, depending on the game.
The more numbers on one line you match to the draw numbers, the more you could win.
To win the jackpot, all your numbers must match the numbers drawn.
Breaking Down a Lottery Ticket
Here's what you need to know about the ticket for the games you choose to play.
A. The Game: This is the spot on the ticket that tells you which of the draw-based lottery games it’s for. Learn more about each game here.
B. The Draw: When’s the draw? This will show the date.
C. The Price: How much is the ticket? This will show the price.
D. The Line: This section is your “line” of numbers. Pick them yourself or let the lottery terminal generate random numbers for you.
In some lotteries you can purchase only 1 line of numbers per ticket, while others, like Lotto Max, require a purchase of 3 lines.
E. Encore. This section of the ticket shows 2 things:
1) If you added Encore to your purchase, it will say, “Encore Played”
2) Your separate set of Encore numbers for the Encore draw. Learn more about Encore here.
F. Ticket number
G. Signature line: In order to claim a prize, you must sign your ticket
H. Barcode: To see if you won, scan the barcode on your ticket using the ticket checker at a participating retailer; ask the retailer to scan the barcode at a lottery terminal; or use the OLG Lottery App. Learn more here.
How to Play in 5 Easy Steps
Set a budget: Playing the lottery is gambling, so to keep it fun, it’s important to play responsibly. Treat it as part of your entertainment budget.
Choose your lottery: Play a few to find your favourites of these exciting games
Pick your numbers: Since it’s all by chance, enjoy picking your numbers or seeing what the lottery terminal generates.
Check your numbers: Don’t miss out. Always check to see if you’ve won, at the retailer, online at olg.ca, or use the Lottery App.
If you are a winner, claim your prize: Be sure to visit a retailer before your prize expires in 12 months from the date of the draw.
1. Set a Budget
The lottery is a game that’s fun to play. It’s also a form of gambling. Treat it as part of your entertainment budget, like cash you’d spend on a movie or snack.
Plan how much you’re willing to spend in advance and set a budget. It isn’t an investment that will eventually show a return, so just enjoy it.
2. Choose Your Lottery
Here are five draw-based lottery games, with a variety of exciting features. Choose your favourites.
3. How to Pick Lottery Numbers
There are two ways to pick numbers: Quick Pick and to choose your own. Learn more about these easy ways to play here. Whichever way you choose, when there are multiple lines, the random number generator picks the next set of numbers for you.
A fast and easy way to play. Just ask a participating retailer for a Quick Pick and the lottery terminal’s random number generator chooses the lottery numbers for you.
Pick Your Own:
You choose the numbers you want to play. Simply fill out the selection slip at a participating retailer.
Whether you play with Quick Pick or pick your own numbers, the odds of winning stay the same.
The selection slip:
You choose your numbers on a paper selection slip provided at participating retailers. Simply select the required amount of numbers for each play in the game you’re playing. The slip has “boards” to fill in to complete your play; one board determines your line.
Once it’s completed, give your selection slip to a participating retailer and your ticket will be printed.
4. How To Check Your Numbers
Don’t miss out! Be sure to double-check your ticket to see if it’s a winner. There are four ways to check:
- Scan the barcode on the ticket using the ticket checker at a participating OLG retailer
- Ask a participating retailer to scan the barcode on the ticket using the lottery terminal
- Scan the barcode on the ticket using the OLG Lottery App
- View winning numbers by game at OLG.ca
With all lotteries, the matching numbers must be on the same line in order to win, not across multiple lines.
5. How to Claim Your Prize
Visit a participating OLG retailer to validate your winning ticket and claim any prize up to $999.90.
For more information about claiming prizes, visit OLG.ca
There’s an expiry date on prizes, so visit a retailer within 12 months of the draw date.
Draw-based lotteries use a ball-drop machine for an exciting reveal of the winning numbers for LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 6/49, DAILY GRAND, LOTTARIO and ONTARIO 49. The ball drop creates a random result for every draw, and lottery balls are tested regularly for consistency in size and weight to keep it that way.
Watch the draws on their specific game pages on the OLG lottery website.
HOW JACKPOTS WORK
Most lottery jackpots are progressive, which means jackpots that are not won roll over between successive draws and get larger. LOTTO MAX, LOTTO 649 and LOTTARIO are examples of lotteries that features progressive jackpots. These jackpots can be won by multiple winners.