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How to Play National and Regional Canada Lottery Games

Canada is a good place to live if you like playing lottery games, as there are many national and regional games available. National games include Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49, while regional games available exclusively in the Prairie Provinces and the Territories include Western 649, Payday and Pick 3. National Canada lottery games are conducted by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, while regional games are managed by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation (or WCLC), a non-profit organization that is duly authorized to conduct game-related activities as the agent for the members thereof, the governments of Manitoba, Saskatechewan and Alberta.

Lotto Max is Canada's newest lottery game, having just recently celebrated its first anniversary. The minimum jackpot is $ 10 million with draws being held weekly every Friday. A ticket costs $ 5 for three sets of seven numbers ranging from 1 to 49; the bettor will pick the first combination with the remaining two selected by the machine, or the bettor can opt to have all three combinations machine-picked through the Quick Pick option. Once the jackpot exceeds $ 50 million, a special draw known as Max Millions will be held with the excess divided into prizes of $ 1 million for each winner. The other national lottery game is Lotto 6/49, with draws held twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Each ticket costs $ 2 and to play, the bettor has to pick six numbers ranging from 1 to 49 on the play area of ​​the play slip.

The Western 649 game lets you play two six number combinations (ranging from 1 to 49) for just $ 1 a ticket with a guaranteed jackpot prize of $ 1,000,000; You pick one combination and the machine picks the other or you can choose Quick Pick and let the machine select both combinations. There is also a Play Both option that allows you to get a joint ticket for Western 649 and Lotto 6/49; You'll receive the same numbers for both games. The Payday game costs $ 2 per ticket and will give you an annuity of $ 1,000 a week for life or a lump-sum prize of $ 675,000. Each ticket gives you fourteen combinations: one for the main prize which you can pick yourself or ask the computer to pick for you; 2 for the $ 50,000 prize; 4 for the $ 20,000 prize and 8 for the $ 1,000 prize. Combinations are selected from a field ranging from 1 to 77. In the Pick 3 game, you will select three digits from 0 to 9 and decide if you want to wager $ 1, $ 2, $ 5 or $ 10, with the size of the prize determined by how much you bet.

Along with these Canada lottery games you can also play a special Extra draw for additional prizes ranging from $ 250,000 to $ 500,000, depending on which province you're playing in. Extra numbers are automatically generated on your ticket but will not be eligible for the draw unless you opt-in. If you want to play Extra, simply mark yes under each play area or tell the clerk that want to play; each number costs $ 1 and you can play one Extra number for every regular lottery combination you bet. But make sure that the Extra number is activated before you leave the counter.

Source by Sean A Moronse

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