Poker Lotto is a two-part game with an Instant Win component that takes place immediately after purchasing a ticket and the main draw, which takes place daily at 22:30 local time.
Tickets cost CAD 2.00.
The Quick Play jackpot in Quebec and British Columbia is CAD 5,000, whereas it is CAD 10,000 everywhere else in the country. For the daily draw, all Canadian lottery operators provide a fixed jackpot of CAD 100,000.
In Lotto Poker, Lotto Poker is only available to play by Quick Pick and purchased tickets will display a typical poker card hand with five cards. In the evening draw, players compete for the jackpot by matching all 5 cards displayed on their ticket (not necessarily a winning poker hand) while to win the Instant Play they must have a winning poker combination eg. a pair of 10s or better. The Plus option costs an extra dollar for each selection and allows access to a more attractive prize structure of the Quick Play for all ranked hands, from Flush to Royal Flush.
In Lotto Poker, unlike other lotto games the winning numbers are cards. As the game can only be played by 'Quick Pick', while your transaction is being confirmed, the Loto-Québec computer will display your cards on screen. Should your cards form a winning poker hand, you will win a prize (see the table with the odds of winning).
The 5 cards which are displayed are from a regular deck of 52. Winning hands can have many combinations such as two of a kind, two pairs, a full house etc (see the table with illustrations and the odds of winning). You can check the latest results of Lotto Poker on the official Loto-Quebec website or at a local retailer.
The chance of winning the Poker Lotto jackpot is 1 in 2,598,960 for the evening draw and 1 in 649,740 for the Quick Play. Despite each lottery operator running its own games, they all have the same format and structure, with equal chances of winning a prize across Canada.
The overall chance of winning an evening draw prize is 1 in 15. The overall chances of winning a Poker Hand prize are 1 in 5.
In Canada, Poker Lotto jackpots are not taxed and prizes are paid out as lump sums. Prizes must be claimed within a year of the draw.
To play in Western Canada Lottery Corporation jurisdictions outside of Ontario, Quebec, and the following provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Nunavut (except for casinos), players must be at least 18 years old.
Canadian Poker Lotto tickets are only available through authorized lottery vendors in Canada, with players in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces able to play online or using the mobile app. The games aren't accessible outside of Canada. Players must be at least 18 years old to participate in Lotto Poker.
The first draw of Lotto Poker was held on May 2, 2011. In Canada, the national lottery corporations operate individual draws for Poker Lotto games.
Tips on how to play Lotto Poker responsibly.
Lotto Poker is a game that combines the excitement of the lottery with the fun of poker. In each game, you are offered five cards from a standard deck of 52 cards. If your selections match any of the winning poker hands in the instant game or from 2 to 5 winning numbers of the draw, you win a prize.
Each ticket costs $2, and allows you to participate in one Quick Play and one draw. The Plus option costs an extra dollar for each selection.
The chance of winning the Poker Lotto jackpot is 1 in 2,598,960 for the evening draw and 1 in 649,740 for the instant win Poker Hands.