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How are Lottery Numbers Drawn?

National Lotteries:

BCLC and four other Canadian provincial lottery jurisdictions comprise the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation   (ILC), which operates the major national draw games Lotto 6/49, Lotto Max and Daily Grand.

The ILC conducts all national game draws in Toronto.

Currently, a Smartplay Halogen II™ model lottery machine manufactured by Smartplay International Inc. draws Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max winning numbers (main draws). Representatives from an independent auditing firm audit every aspect of the draws to verify results and ensure their integrity.

Effective May 14 and 15, 2019, respectively, ILC draws for Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49 (main draws) will occur using Random Number Generator (RNG) software, which already draws winning numbers for Daily Grand, the Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize Draw and Lotto Max Maxmillions. The transition to RNG software improves ease of auditability to support the future evolution of these national games, while maintaining their security, speed and integrity.

Integrity and security are at the core of every game we offer and fundamental to the success of our business.  As such, third-party experts have tested and certified the RNG software for randomness – including two draw auditors located in two separate geographical locations.

BCLC Regional Lotteries:

BCLC operates a number of regional lottery games, including BC/49, BC 50/50, Keno, Keno Pattern Play, Pacific Hold’Em Poker, Poker Lotto and all Extra games.

BCLC conducts all regional game draws in Kamloops, using RNG software.

To ensure the ongoing integrity of games, third-party experts have tested and certified the randomness of the RNG software. In addition, regular external and internal audits check the physical security of the solution, which also runs self-tests to ensure integrity.