Here, you'll find everything you need to know about the most popular games, how to play them and what jackpots you might expect. Read on to learn more!
There are several different lottery games offered in British Columbia. Among the most popular are: Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, and Daily Grand. They are the national games of Canada. Other lotteries that are available within British Columbia include Scratch & Win, BC49, Keno, BC 50/50, Poker Lotto, Pick & Play, and Sports Action.
Lottery players can win anything from a free ticket to several million dollars. The odds of winning the jackpot are usually millions to one, although the odds vary depending on the game.
In order to play the lottery in British Columbia, you must be 19 years of age or older. If you're not a resident of the province, you can still purchase tickets if you're visiting. However, prizes must also be claimed in BC.
The winning numbers and payouts for the lottery are determined by a random number generator. This is a computer program that randomly selects numbers, and the odds of winning are the same for every ticket sold.
The payouts are usually based on the number of tickets sold, so the more tickets that are sold, the higher the payouts will be. When several players win the jackpot, it is shared evenly, but if nobody wins the top prize, there is a rollover.
Below you will find the latest results of British Columbia lotteries.
Playing the lottery in British Columbia is easy! You can purchase tickets at any lottery retailer or online.
You don't need to follow all the draws; you can learn lottery results on the websites of the games.
If you're playing offline here are the required steps:
If you have won you will need to claim your prize. More on that later.
Now let's have a look at the most popular games in British Columbia.
Lotto Max is a Canadian lottery game that replaced Lotto Super Seven. It is managed by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation and draws take place every Tuesday and Friday. The cost of a ticket is CAD 5 which allows you 3 plays.
To play the game you need to choose 7 numbers between 1 and 50. You can do it yourself or with the help of the Quick Pick option. For an additional CAD 1.00 players can opt to play the add-on game ‘Extra’ with a jackpot of CAD 500,000 if four numbers are matched. The four numbers are automatically generated.
The jackpot of Lotto Max starts at CAD 10 million and can grow to as much as CAD 70 million. As tickets are sold the jackpot increases and upon reaching CAD 50 mill, everyone is also entered into the ‘Maxmillions’ game in which CAD 1 million can be won.
Lotto 6/49 is a Canadian lottery game that was introduced in June 1982. As with Lotto Max, it is managed by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation and can be played every Wednesday and Saturday.
In order to take part you must choose 6 numbers between 1 and 49 but in order to win your numbers must of course match the 6 which are drawn in the corresponding draw.
If there is more than one winner, the jackpot is shared equally among them.
However, it doesn't stop there! You are also automatically entered into a second draw with the chance of winning a guaranteed CAD 1Million !
Tickets cost CAD $3 for each play and the minimum jackpot is CAD 5 million.
The Daily Grand is a lottery game that offers players the chance to win big prizes every day.
For just CAD 3.00, players can choose five main numbers from 1 to 49 and one Grand Number from 1 to 7.
The top prize is CAD 1,000 per day for life for matching the Grand number and your 5/5 numbers or for matching all 5 numbers excluding the Grand number you win CAD 25000 a year for life. Winners can also opt to receive a lump sum.
Keno is a lottery game that is managed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Keno draws take place every three minutes and a half, and players can win prizes of up to CAD 200,000.
To play Keno, players must choose between two and twenty numbers from a pool of 80 although you can use Quick Pick if you prefer not to choose. Then decide how much you wish to wager, the minimum being CAD 0.50 and maximum CAD 20. The more numbers and money you go for, the higher the potential prize.
Poker Lotto is a lottery game that combines the excitement of playing poker with the chance to win big prizes.
To play, simply purchase a ticket from your local lottery retailer. Five cards on your ticket will be chosen randomly by a computer.
What makes this game so exciting is the fact it offers two separate elements both instant win and nightly draw. Win instantly by being dealt a winning poker hand on your ticket or by matching the cards on your ticket to those drawn in the nightly draw. Instant win pays out CAD 5,000 while nightly draws a sum of CAD 10,000 and upwards.
Tickets cost CAD 2.00.
BC 49 is a lottery that is offered by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation which as the name suggests has a pool of 49 balls and takes place every Wednesday and Saturday.
To play, simply choose six numbers from the pool of 49. The more numbers you match, the bigger your prize will be. You can choose numbers yourself or select Quick Pick to do it randomly.
The ticket costs CAD 1.00 per play. For an extra CAD 1.00, you can play a game called Extra for the opportunity of winning CAD 500,000. To win BC49 Extra you have to match 4 numbers randomly selected when your ticket is issued.
BC 50/50 has four draws throughout the day, with prizes and jackpots determined by ticket sales. The game is available only as Quick Pick, and allows players a maximum of 15 picks per draw and up to 10 consecutive draws per ticket.
Tickets cost CAD 1.00 per Pick, 6 for CAD 5.00 or 15 for CAD 10.00 and a maximum wager of CAD 100.00 per ticket (ie. CAD 10.00 x 10 draws). A typical prize is between CAD 300.00 and CAD 3,000.00.
The Sports Action lottery which pays all of its proceeds to support sports and recreation programs in the province is overseen by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. It is a popular choice for those wanting to gamble on sports in British Columbia. For a small bet, players try to pick the winners of various sporting events to win cash prizes.
Players can bet on the outcome of a single game, or parlay their bets on multiple games. The odds of winning vary depending on the game and the bet type.
There are many lottery games in British Columbia and they take place at different times. The following is a schedule of when each game is offered:
In addition to the games listed above, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation also offers a variety of Scratch & Win tickets. These are instant-win lottery tickets that can be purchased at any lottery retailer.
Scratch-off tickets come in a variety of different denominations, with prizes ranging from a few dollars to CAD 3,000,000. The odds of winning vary depending on the game and the ticket price.
Here are some examples and prices of scratch-off games:
As previously mentioned, the odds of winning a jackpot depend on on individual elements specific to each game.
Players in British Columbia can now subscribe to a variety of different lottery games. This means that instead of having to remember to purchase tickets each week, players will have their tickets automatically generated and mailed to them.
Lottery subscriptions are available for the following games: Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, Daily Grand, Keno, Sports Action. To sign up for a subscription, simply visit the PlayNow website (for which you should have a personal account) and choose the game or games that you want to subscribe to. You will be asked to provide your personal information and payment details, and then your tickets will be automatically generated each week.
Lottery subscriptions are a great way to ensure that you never miss a draw, and they offer the convenience of not having to go to the lottery retailer each week. If you're a regular lottery player, a subscription is worth considering.
Lottery winnings in British Columbia are tax free. However, if you are not a resident of the province, your winnings may be subject to tax in your home jurisdiction.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation can be reached by phone at +1 (250) 828-5500. The main address is 74 West Seymour Street, Kamloops, British Columbia, V2C 1E2, Canada. Its website is bclc.com.
For many people, playing the lottery is a fun and harmless way to gamble. However, it is important to remember that a lottery is a form of gambling, and like all forms of gambling, it should be done responsibly.
Here are a few tips to help do it:
By following these tips, you can help ensure that you stay safe and responsible when playing the lottery.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. The British Columbia Responsible & Problem Gambling Program offers free counselling and support to people who have gambling problems.
Here are a few things that you can do before calling a support center:
Just remember that you can’t force someone to get help, so don’t be too upset if they don’t want to change their behavior.
The cost of the ticket depends on the game. Generally, tickets cost about CAD 1.00-3.00.
Draws take place daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on the game. Some of the games take place two times a week.
The minimum age to purchase a ticket is 19. Even though in other Canadian provinces people can play if they are 18 years old, it is prohibited in British Columbia.
There are several ways to claim a prize: at a lottery retailer, via mail, via digital claim form, and at a regional prize payout location. Depending on the amount of money you win you can use one of these options. Prizes over CAD 25,000 can only be received by meeting personally with an operator.
Players have one year from the date of the draw to claim their prize.
No, lottery winnings are not taxed in British Columbia. However, if you are not a resident of the province, you may be subject to taxes in your home jurisdiction. To avoid tax issues this should be done in advance.
A gambling problem is a very serious issue. If you feel that you or someone close to you is getting into difficulties as a result of gambling, please reach out for help. Here are some useful links: National Council on Problem Gambling: ncpgambling.org Gamblers Anonymous: gamblersanonymous.org National Problem Gambling Helpline Network: 1800betsoff.org Canadian Centre for Addiction: addictioncanada.ca/gambling Remember playing lotteries should be a safe and enjoyable activity!