Canada is country with a large number of lottery games some of which are exclusive to particular geographical locations. These lottery games all serve one purpose – ameliorate the standards of living of their residents. Not only do they make better the standards of living of their players but they also improve the standards of the general public through their generous contributions to good causes. These contributions go to support health, social welfare, education, sports, and art among others. From the above, there is no reason for citizens and residents of Canada to not participate in these lotteries as in trying to win life-changing sums, they are indirectly contributing to the socio-economic development of their country.
The Quebec 49, created and managed by Loto-Quebec is one of those lotteries reserved for residents of a particular geographical location, in this case, lottery players in the province of Quebec. Loto-Quebec provides both direct and online access to a variety of lotteries including but not limited to the Lotto 6/49, the Lotto Max and the Quebec 49 in the province of Quebec.
Playing the Quebec 49
The Quebec 49 follows the same matrix as the Lotto 6/49 which requires that players pick 6 numbers from a 49-number field. They can choose to play via a Loto-Quebec retailer, mobile app or online. When using a Loto-Quebec retailer, players can pick their own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick. To use a Quick Pick, simply ask the retailer for a Quick Pick or check the Quick Pick box on the lottery selection slip. Once that has been done, give the slip to the Quebec lottery retailer who will then issue a receipt which also doubles as your ticket. When the ticket is printed out, make sure you crosscheck the information and numbers on your ticket with those on your selection slip before signing the back of the ticket. Signing the back of the ticket makes it impossible for someone else to claim winnings on your ticket. There are a number of other options which players can use to play the Quebec 49.
The Advance Draw option allows players to play their selected numbers for a consecutive number of future draws. To play this option, players must first select their six numbers or opt for a Quick Pick. Once the numbers have been selected, the player can then request the Advance Draw for the number of future draws he/she wishes to participate in. Each line costs $1 with the possibility of playing more than one line per ticket. Ticket prices are based on the number of lines played.
Playing the Quebec 49 Online
Players can also choose to play online. Playing online is very easy, safe and comfortable. One of the major advantages of playing online is the fact that it eliminates the risk of missing out on lottery winnings due to the loss of the winning ticket. Also, online play has more options than playing through a retailer.
- Group Play
The Group play option allows players to combine their selections with those of other group members so as to increase their chances of winnings. Group Play can be played for a single draw or multiple draws and can be made up of family, friends, co-workers or even strangers. Players can use the mobile app or online website to play as a group. With Group Play, one player known as the Creator creates the group and determines the number of shares in the group (between 2 and 100). Once the number of shares have been determined, players can then purchase these shares while pooling their funds. One share of a group is equal to the number of plays for the Quebec 49 in addition to the one or more extra numbers which can be added for a single or for multiple draws.
By the wager deadline, the final number of group shares is confirmed which should equal the actual number of shares sold regardless of whether the maximum number of shares has been met. Because of this combining of plays (shares), the odds of the entire group as well as group members are increased. In the event that the group wins a prize, the winnings of each group member are calculated based on the number of shares held. Each lottery play costs $1.
The Extra game is a complimentary game linked to a number of Canadian lotteries including the Quebec 49. This lottery game with a first prize of $1 million is played using a 7-digit number from 0 to 9 which is generated by the lottery system. Players are allowed to play up to 10 Extra numbers on a single ticket. (except when players choose to use Scratch tickets or Quick Picks). During the EXTRA draw, seven random draws are conducted by Loto-Quebec to draw seven random numbers between 0 and 9. Together, this numbers form the EXTRA number. Prizes are won for matching the number from left to right or right to left with the jackpot of $1 million won when a player matching all 7 numbers.
- Combination Play
Players can also choose to play using the combination play option. The combination play option allows a player to quickly and easily play several selections at the same time. With this option, the terminal uses the selected numbers to create different combinations of the selected numbers. These different combinations increase players’ chances of winning several prizes at the same time. Playing via a combination slip is easy. The player simply needs to go to the retailer and purchase the Quebec 49 combination slip.
Winnings and Prizes
Draws for the Quebec 49 take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week. Wagers close on draw nights at 10:30. 7 balls – 6 main balls and a Bonus ball – are drawn. The jackpot prize is won by matching all the 6 main balls. The Quebec 49 has a guaranteed jackpot amount of $2 million. The jackpot can be shared if it is won by more than a single player. The second prize is won by matching the Bonus ball and any 5 of the 6 main balls.
Prizes exist also for players who match 3, 4 or 5 of the main balls excluding the jackpot amount. The last prize is won by matching the Bonus ball and any 2 of the main balls. The odds of winning a prize in the Quebec 49 are 1 in 32.3 while the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 13.98 million. With the Extra game, these odds are further enhanced making the Quebec 49 a game worth trying.