Two Multi-Million-Dollar Jackpots, Same $3 Price: Get Ready for the New Lotto 6/49

September 12, 2022 | Lottery News

All jackpot prizing will be awarded on final draw of current game on September 10

MONCTON (N.B.) – Get ready for the next evolution of one of Canada’s favourite lottery games. Lotto 6/49 is changing this weekend. Starting on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, players will have the chance to play for two multi-million-dollar prizes with every draw. And all for the same purchase price of $3 per play.

The main draw – where six numbers are drawn from a range of 1 to 49, hence “Lotto 6/49” – will remain part of the game. Nodding to the game’s status as Canada’s first national lottery game and its 40-year history, it will now be known as the Classic Draw and will offer a $5-million jackpot for every draw, and subsidiary prizes for matching as few as two numbers on one selection.

The marquee game enhancement sees the previous $1 million Guaranteed Prize Draw become the Gold Ball Draw. There will still be a guaranteed winner on every single draw – but the new Gold Ball element means that the winner will take home either $1 million, or the growing jackpot that starts at $10 million and can grow higher than $60 million.

How does the new Gold Ball Jackpot Draw work?

The Gold Ball Jackpot Draw is an elimination-style draw that determines how much the guaranteed prize winner receives. On the first draw in a sequence, a draw will be made from 30 possible outcomes: 29 white balls and one gold ball.

·        If a “white ball” is drawn, the winner receives $1 million.

·        If the “gold ball” is drawn, the winner receives the $10 million Gold Ball Jackpot.

The white balls will continue to be removed – and $2 million added to the Gold Ball Jackpot – for every draw until the gold ball is drawn. If white has been drawn on every draw for 29 consecutive draws, only the gold ball will remain. This means that the Gold Ball Jackpot will be won on the last draw of the sequence, when the jackpot will exceed $60 million.

A video about the new Lotto 6/49 is available here.

 As with all national draw-based lottery games, Lotto 6/49 draws are made using a random number generator (RNG).

 All jackpot prizing generated for the September 10, 2022 draw will be awarded this Saturday

Before the game changes take effect, Lotto 6/49 players will see a special draw this weekend. This Saturday, September 10 is the last draw of the current Lotto 6/49 format. To provide a fresh start to the enhanced game format, all jackpot prizing will be awarded on that draw. There will be no carry-over from the September 10 to September 14 draw.

As always, the jackpot will be awarded to any selections that match all six main numbers on one line. But for this draw only, if there is no winning 6/6 selection, the estimated $10 million jackpot will be divided among winners in the 5/6+Bonus, 5/6, and 4/6 prize categories, in predetermined proportions.

Next Wednesday’s draw will kick off the enhanced format, with a $5-million Classic Draw jackpot and a $10-million Gold Ball Jackpot available to be won.

Quick facts:


  • The Gold Ball Jackpot starts at $10 million and can grow past $60 million
  • The Classic Jackpot is always $5 million

  • Two draws a week: Wednesday and Saturday
  • Cost: $3 per play

  • Overall odds to win a prize: 1 in 6.6 per $3 play
  • Odds of winning the Classic Jackpot: 1 in 13,983,816 per $3 play


  • Odds of winning a Guaranteed $1 million prize OR the Gold Ball Jackpot: 1 in the total number of Gold Ball Draw Numbers issued for that draw

  • For $1 each, players can add TAG and Atlantic 49 to their ticket. These add-on games give you additional chances to win and are only available in Atlantic Canada.


About Lotto 6/49

This summer, Lotto 6/49 celebrated its 40th year of play. Launched in June 1982, Lotto 6/49 was the first Canada-wide “pick your own numbers” lottery game. That first draw was for a Jackpot of $500,000. Since then, Lotto 6/49 has grown into a Canadian institution, generating more than $66 billion in sales, and delivering more than $33 billion in prizes. From small prizes to the biggest jackpots, there have been more than 1.6 billion winners across all of Canada over the game’s four decades.

Greg Weston
Atlantic Lottery Communications Strategist
(506) 867-5800 ext. 5569

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