Canadian BC 49

Complete Odds
Return to Players


The purpose of this page is to provide BC 49 players with the supplemental information that is not readily available on the sponsored lottery site.

BC 49
Mid-size 3.10% 96.90% 32.31 C$0.50 - Fixed - C$16.14
Class Winners Losers Overall Odds Overall Return Return Sensitivity Payout per C$

We believe this is important because most lotteries only provide players with minimal amount of information: the odds of each winning combination occurring; the overall probability of having a winning ticket; the price of each ticket; the game format; the total number of combinations; and a few other items.

However, this page fills in the missing blanks. Included here are the complete odds and probabilities of every winning and losing occurring. It provides you with a comparison of winners to losers, the monies collected, the monies distributed back to players, and more.

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About The BC 49 is a Canadian Regional lottery. It is governed by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. It is available only in British Columbia.

Format BC 49 requires a player to make 1 choice: (1) Pick 6 numbers out of a set of 49 white balls. If the player picks the same numbers as those that are drawn in the next drawing, the player wins the Jackpot prize. Smaller prizes are awarded for other combinations. A bonus ball is also selected. This is used for awarding alternate prizes.

Class BC 49 is a Mid-size Lottery. We classify it as such because it has a format nearly identical to Lotto 649.

Prizes The BC 49 jackpot prize is fixed at C$2,000,000; and, all other cash prizes are predefined as well. These are summarized in the table below. Note that no portion of the proceeds are rolled forward in to the following drawings. This means that the jackpot never grows.

Combinations In the BC 49, there are a total of 13,983,816 combinations.

Winners Of these, there are 432,824 winning combinations. This represents 3.10% of the combinations. The overall odds of having a winning combination is 32.31 to 1 (the lower the better).

Losers There are 13,550,992 losing BC 49 combinations. This is 96.90% of the combinations. The overall odds of having a losing combination is 1.03 to 1 (the higher the better; because as this number gets closer to 1, nearly every ticket is a loser.

Price Each BC 49 ticket costs C$1.00

Money Raised Assuming all tickets are sold and there are no duplicates, a total of C$13,983,816 will be raised.

Table BC6-4: Canadian BC 49 Summary
Format 6/49+Bonus
Class Mid-size
Jackpot Fixed C$1M
Jackpot Type Cash
Combos 13,983,816
Total Winners 432,824
Total Losers 13,550,992
Overall Winners 32.31
Overall Losers 1.03
Pct Winners 3.10%
Pct Losers 96.90%
Price C$1.00
Amount Raised C$13,983,816
Tot Payout C$6,984,075
Avg Ticket Payout C$16.14
Normalized Payout/C$ C$16.14
ReturnOnC$ C$0.50
Jackpot/Odds C$61,903.56
Return Sensitivity - none -
Jackpot Parity - none -

Prize Pool Of this, C$6,984,075 will be allocated to the prize pool to be paid back to the players when the jackpot is set to C$2.0 million. This amount is always fixed since all prizes are predetermined, and the jackpot does not vary.

Average Winning Ticket Payout On the average, each winning ticket will pay C$16.14 to the players. Since a ticket costs C$1.00, the normalized payout per C$ spent is C$16.14

Income Returned to Players Based on this information, C$0.50 of each C$ raised will be returned to the players.

Return Sensitivity (dR) In BC 49, the return sensitivity is always 0.0, because the jackpot is fixed.

Jackpot Parity In order for BC 49 to return C$1.00 for each $C raised, the Jackpot must be equal to C$8,999,741. However, this will never be reached because the jackpot is fixed at C$2,000,000


The following Table summarizes the odds, occurances, probability, number of winning combinations,
percent of prize pool, prize payout per combination, and the total cash payout of the combination pool.
Table BC6-5: Canadian BC 49 Expanded Odds Calculations

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