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How Gambling Works

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Skill & Knowledge

Learn how skill and knowledge factor into games of chance

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Finding Help

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Finding Help

If you find yourself gambling too much, or if it no longer feels like a game, there’s help if you need it.

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How are Lottery Numbers Drawn?

Lotto 6/49

Main Draw

  • As of February 2015, a Smartplay Halogen II™ model lottery machine manufactured by Smartplay International Inc. is used to draw Lotto 6/49 winning numbers.
  • The 49 balls are made of solid rubber, manufactured to exact tolerances.
  • The numbers on the balls are printed on the rubber, after the rubber has been protected to preserve the ball colouring.
  • All the balls are regularly tested to ensure they meet required weight and diameter specifications.
  • Representatives from an independent firm, audit every aspect of the Lotto 6/49 draw and verify draw results to ensure its integrity.
  • Lotto 6/49 draws are conducted in Toronto by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation

Guaranteed Prize Draw

  • The Guaranteed Prize Draw winner is determined by a Random Number Generator (RNG) which selects the winning ticket from all the Guaranteed Prize Draw entries.
  • The software has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers.
  • All Guaranteed Prize results are verified by an independent auditing firm to ensure the draw’s integrity.

DAILY GRAND

  • A Random Number Generator (RNG) is used to generate the winning numbers for all DAILY GRAND draws which simulates a draw ball machine.
  • The software has been tested and certi­fied by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers.
  • DAILY GRAND draws are conducted in Toronto by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.
  • Representatives from an independent auditing firm audit every aspect of the DAILY GRAND draw and verify draw results to ensure its integrity.

Pacific Hold’Em Poker (PHEP)

  • The PHEP drawing system draws only PHEP numbers
  • A primary draw computer and a secondary backup computer generate winning sets of numbers for PHEP
  • PHEP draws are conducted and audited at BCLC’s Kamloops office
  • Computers are housed in a locked cabinet in a secured room
  • Access is restricted and monitored by security cameras
  • Neither the central computer system nor the PHEP drawing system can be accessed from an external source
  • Both draw computers continuously draw sets of unbiased and unpredictable numbers
  • At six-minute intervals, the central computer system obtains a set of winning numbers from the primary draw computer
  • Continuous draws provide an added measure of security, do not require human intervention, are cost-efficient and energy-smart
  • PHEP software has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers
  • Physical and procedural security surrounding PHEP draws has been reviewed by a certified accounting firm

Poker Lotto

  • The Poker Lotto drawing system draws only Poker Lotto numbers
  • A primary draw computer and a secondary backup computer generate winning sets of numbers for Poker Lotto
  • Poker Lotto draws are conducted and audited at BCLC’s Kamloops office
  • Computers are housed in a locked cabinet in a secured room
  • Access is restricted and monitored by security cameras
  • Neither the central computer system nor the Poker Lotto drawing system can be accessed from an external source
  • Both draw computers continuously draw sets of unbiased and unpredictable numbers
  • Each night for the lottery draw, the central computer system obtains a set of winning numbers from the primary draw computer
  • The same software is used to generate the numbers for the instant portion of the Poker Lotto ticket
  • Poker Lotto software has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers

LOTTO MAX

  • The LOTTO MAX main draw takes place in the same way as the Lotto 6/49 draw, with the same type of balls.
  • As of February 2015, a Smartplay Halogen II™ model lottery machine manufactured by Smartplay International Inc. is used to draw LOTTO MAX winning numbers.
  • A Random Number Generator (RNG) is used to generate the winning numbers for the LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS™ draws which simulates a draw ball machine.
  • The software has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers.
  • LOTTO MAX main and MAXMILLIONS™ draws are conducted in Toronto by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.
  • Representatives from an independent auditing firm audit every aspect of the LOTTO MAX draw and verify draw results to ensure its integrity.

Keno

  • The Keno drawing system draws only Keno numbers
  • A primary draw computer and a secondary backup computer generate winning sets of numbers for Keno
  • Keno draws are conducted and audited at BCLC’s Kamloops head office
  • Computers are housed in a locked cabinet in a secured room
  • Neither the central computer system nor the Keno drawing system can be accessed from an external source
  • Both draw computers continuously draw sets of 20 unbiased and unpredictable numbers
  • At three and a half-minute intervals, the central computer system obtains a set of winning numbers from the primary draw computer
  • Continuous draws provide an added measure of security, do not require human intervention, are cost-efficient and energy-smart
  • This is the standard draw technology for Keno used throughout the world
  • Keno software has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers

BC 50/50, BC/49, Keno Bonus, Keno Pattern Play and all Extra games

  • A primary draw computer and a secondary backup computer generate winning sets of numbers for these games
  • These draws are conducted and audited at BCLC’s Kamloops office
  • Both computers are housed in a secured room
  • Access is restricted and monitored by security cameras
  • Neither the central computer system nor the drawing systems can be accessed from an external source
  • This standard draw technology is used worldwide
  • The software has been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to ensure it will generate unbiased and unpredictable numbers
  • Physical and procedural security surrounding draws has been reviewed by a certified accounting firm