Christmas is only one day, and many Canadian lottery players are counting their lucky stars with winning massive jackpots over the past month. But the spirit of giving is still in swing across the country as Lotto 649 Extra intends to capitalize on a special Christmas incentive to play the game.
The draw on Christmas Night will include a potential $16 million in prizes as special gifts to wrap up the big day. The money will be divided between five guaranteed $1 million prizes, along with the massive $11 million jackpot for up to six lucky players.
According to the OLG, which is helping manage the special holiday draw, there have been 28 $1 million guaranteed prizes over the history of Lotto 649. Records indicate that half of those prizes were won somewhere in Ontario, and activity from earlier in the month favours lottery players in the Hamilton area.
Wendy Montgomery, Vice President of Lottery Sales for OLG, says the extra $1 million prizes are a special holiday gift to give back to loyal lottery players across Canada over the past year.
“What better way to thank our players than by offering extra prizes this holiday season. With not one but FIVE Guaranteed Prize Draws plus the jackpot, the LOTTO 6/49 Holiday SUPER DRAW offers six chances to be a millionaire this . With this many chances, someone is going to win. It could be you!”
Tickets are available for sale up until the draw on Christmas Night, an incentive for any last minute gift shoppers.