LOTTARIO FAQ - O L G

LOTTARIO FAQ

1. WHAT IS LOTTARIO AND HOW DO YOU PLAY?

LOTTARIO is an Ontario lottery draw game with a Jackpot that starts at $250,000 and grows until won plus many other prizes. Players choose six numbers from 1 to 45 and match their numbers with the numbers drawn. LOTTARIO costs $1 per play and each play consists of two sets of six numbers. Two draws are held weekly on Saturday nights; the Main Draw and the Early Bird Draw. To be eligible for the Early Bird Draw, you must purchase your ticket by 11:59:59pm (ET) on Friday.

2. I HEARD LOTTARIO CHANGED. WHAT IS DIFFERENT?

A new LOTTARIO starts/started with the November 14, 2015 draw. It offers Jackpots that grow more quickly, three new prize categories, larger prize payout and better overall odds of winning. And players now have the convenience of purchasing LOTTARIO up to 26 weeks in advance at lottery retailers (instead of 10 weeks).

3. WHAT IS THE EARLY BIRD DRAW AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Tickets purchased before 11:59:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) Friday are eligible for the Early Bird draw on draw night. Tickets matching all four Early Bird numbers share in the $50,000 Early Bird prize.

4. WHEN ARE THE DRAWS? WHAT IS THE CUTOFF TIME TO BUY A TICKET FOR THE DRAW?

LOTTARIO draws are every Saturday night. You can purchase a LOTTARIO ticket for the draw the same night until 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

The Early Bird draw is held after the main draw every Saturday night. To qualify for the Early Bird draw you must purchase your LOTTARIO ticket before 11:59:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday.

5. DO I HAVE TO PICK MY OWN LOTTARIO NUMBERS?

Each $1 LOTTARIO play provides two sets of numbers. Players may select their first set of numbers using a selection slip or ask for a Quick Pick and the lottery terminal will randomly select your numbers for you. Whether you select your first set of numbers or not, the second set is always randomly generated.

6. IS ENCORE AVAILABLE WITH LOTTARIO?

Yes. ENCORE can be played with LOTTARIO for an additional $1 per play. You can play ENCORE up to 10 times per ticket.

7. IS ADVANCE PLAY AVAILABLE WITH LOTTARIO?

Yes. Players now have the added convenience of purchasing LOTTARIO up to 26 weeks in advance at lottery retailers (instead of 10 weeks).

8. WHAT IS COMBINATION PLAY?

Players can choose to play 5, 7, 8 and 9 number combinations. Combination Play allows you to play a set of numbers in various combinations. Each combination is a separate play. For details please visit the LOTTARIO page on olg.ca and click on Combination Play.

9. IS THERE ANY CHANGE TO THE PRICE?

LOTTARIO is still $1 per play. Each play consists of two lines.

10. WHAT NEW PRIZES ARE AVAILABLE?

Starting with the draw of November 14, 2015, three new categories were added. These categories are:

Fourth prize: 4 of 6 plus Bonus Number (match 4 numbers plus the bonus number)

Sixth prize: 3 of 6 plus Bonus Number (match 3 numbers plus the bonus number)

Eighth prize: 0 of 6 plus Bonus Number (match the bonus number)

11. DO YOU STILL PLAY THE GAME THE SAME WAY?

Yes. LOTTARIO still plays the same way by matching your six numbers from 1 to 45 against the numbers drawn. Tickets matching all four Early Bird numbers share in the $50,000 Early Bird prize.

12. WHY ARE THE SECONDARY PRIZES NOW ALL FOR SET AMOUNTS?

With set prize amounts customers will know how much they will win. Each of the prize categories is comparable to the prize values of the old version of the game.

13. WHEN DID SALES BEGIN FOR THE NEW LOTTARIO?

Ticket sales for the new LOTTARIO begin Sunday, November 8, 2015.

14. HOW DOES THE NEW LOTTARIO PRIZE STRUCTURE COMPARE TO THE OLD GAME?

(see following charts:)

CURRENT PRIZE STRUCTURE:

Prize Categories Number of Winning Numbers Matched Prize Odds of Winning per $1 play
(approximate)
First prize 6 of 6* 44% of the total prize pool** 1 in 4,072,530
Second prize 5 of 6 plus
the Bonus Number
5.4% of the total prize pool 1 in 678,755
Third prize 5 of 6 19% of the total prize pool 1 in 17,862
Fourth prize 4 of 6 31.6% of the total prize pool 1 in 366.4
Fifth prize 3 of 6 $5 1 in 22.28
Early Bird 4 of 4*** $50,000 (share equally) 1 in 4,967
    Any prize 1 in 20.89

*If there is more than one winner in the 6/6, 5/6 + Bonus, 5/6 or 4/6 prize categories, the prize in that category will be shared among the winners in that category. Any amount not won in the 6/6, 5/6 + Bonus, 5/6 or 4/6 prize categories is added to the 6/6 Jackpot prize pool for the next draw.

**The “total prize pool” for any draw means one-half of the dollar value for all tickets issued for that draw and not cancelled, less (i) the aggregate amounts of all the $5 fifth prizes (ii) less $50,000, the amount of the Early Bird prize pool for that draw.

***Matching of the Early Bird Number

NEW PRIZE STRUCTURE:

Prize Categories Number of Winning Numbers Matched Prize Odds of Winning per $1 play
(approximate)
First prize 6 of 6* First Prize Pool** 1 in 4,072,530
Second prize 5 of 6 plus
the Bonus Number
$10,000 1 in 678,755
Third prize 5 of 6 $500 1 in 17,862
Fourth prize 4 of 6 plus Bonus Number $30 1 in 7,145
Fifth prize 4 of 6 $10 1 in 386
sixth prize 3 of 6 plus Bonus Number $5 1 in 290
seventh prize 3 of 6 $4 1 in 24.1
eighth prize 0 of 6 plus the bonus number 1 (one) Free Play 1 in 8.1
Early Bird 4 of 4*** $50,000 (share equally) 1 in 4,967
    Any prize 1 in 5.8

*If there is more than one winner in the 6/6 prize category, the prize in that category will be shared among the winners in that category. Any amount not won in the 6/6 prize category is added to the First Prize Pool for the next draw.

**The “First Prize Pool” for any LOTTARIO draw is 51% of the dollar value of all tickets issued for that draw and not cancelled, plus (i) the amount of any rollover from the immediately preceding draw, less (ii) the aggregate amounts of the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth seventh and eighth prizes (iii) less $50,000, the amount of the Early Bird prize pool.

***Matching of the Early Bird Number

15. WHY HAVE THE ODDS INCREASED FOR MATCHING 3 OF 6 NUMBERS AND FOR MATCHING 4 OF 6 NUMBERS?

The odds of winning the 3/6 and 4/6 prize categories have increased slightly because the new LOTTARIO offers new prize categories for matching 3/6 and 4/6 plus the Bonus number. Some selections matching 3/6 or 4/6 will also match the Bonus number and win the higher prize, which will result in slightly fewer tickets matching only 3/6 or 4/6 and therefore creating slightly higher odds. The new LOTTARIO offers new prizes increasing the overall odds of winning..

16. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO CLAIM MY PRIZE?

LOTTARIO prizes must be claimed within one year of the draw date.

17. WHAT HAPPENS TO LOTTARIO PRIZES THAT GO UNCLAIMED?

Unclaimed prizes on all the games we operate exclusively in Ontario are directed to profits paid to the provincial government to benefit the people of Ontario.

18. WHEN IS/WAS THE FIRST DRAW FOR THE NEW LOTTARIO?

The first draw for the new LOTTARIO is on Saturday, November 14, 2015.