BC/49 Review

British Columbia is not just a province on the west coast of Canada that is famous for its mountainous terrains and beautiful coasts and rivers, but also home to one of the most lucrative lotteries known as BC/49. Offered by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), this lottery game has guaranteed jackpots of $2 million and an additional opportunity to win another $500,000 if you say yes to the Extra.

The availability of BC/49 and Extra makes it one of the most preferred lottery games. Anywhere lottery products are sold, including bars, pubs, lottery retailers, and online, you will find BC/49 sold as well. The draw for this game is held each Wednesday and Saturday.

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How to Play BC/49?

Playing this game is quite easy because all you need is to choose your 6 favorite numbers from a range of 1 to 49 to stand a chance of winning the jackpot. In the event you don’t want to go the manual selection way, you can decide to use the Quick Pick method where a computer system generates random numbers for you. Every play costs $1 and a single ticket can allow you up to 10 selections.

When you decide to play Double Play, your selections will make you eligible both for Lotto 6/49 and BC/49. Each Double Play will cost you $4. There is an Advance Buy option where you purchase tickets beforehand for more than a single draw. Here, you have to specify the number of consecutive draws you want to play and the maximum is 26 draws.

The Extra which gives you an opportunity to win $500,000 is available at $1 per play for a maximum of 10 selections of plays per ticket. After every draw, you should check the results to see if you are a winner.

Package Play

Depending on the combination of BC/49, Lotto 49, and Extra that you want to play in one quick and easy transaction, you may prefer to go for package play. There are various packages available, including the $5 Mini Dip Pack that gives you a play each for BC/49, Lotto 6/49, and Extra; the $10 Double Dip Pack that gives you two games each for BC/49, Lotto 6/49 and Extra; the $15 Triple Dip Pack which gives you three games each for BC/49, Lotto 6/49 and Extra; and the $20 Mega Pack that gives you 2 games each for BC/49, Lotto 6/49, Extra and Lotto Max. These packages are available online at Playnow.com.

Combo Play

This is an easy way to allow you to play multiple selections of BC/49 or Lotto 6/49 and BC/49. You can choose from a 5, 7, 8, or 9 number combo or ask for Quick Pick for the system to randomly select the numbers for you. Combo play also allows you to say yes to the Extra so that you can stand a chance of winning $500,000. Your Combo play ticket can allow you to play up to 10 Extra. For instance, Combo 5 allows you to select 5 numbers and the other number is added from the range of 1 to 49 to complete your 6-number selection. Other Combos include Combo 7, 8, and 9. Combo 8 and 9 operate in the same way as Combo 7, but the Combo play ticket will only show your numbers, although your ticket will be eligible for all the possible 6-number selections.

Group Play

If you want to play with friends, family, or co-workers, you can pull your money together to enhance your chances of winning. The manner in which you manage your lottery purchases and your potential winnings are all up to you.

The Odds of Winning BC/49

BC/49 just like any other lottery game is a chance play and you can win the jackpot, other prizes or nothing at all based on the outcome of the draw and your number selection. Therefore, it is important you go through the prize schedule and odds per dollar of play before putting in your money.

For BC/49, the following is the prize schedule and odds:

  • If you match all the  numbers drawn, you win the jackpot of $2 and the odds for this are 1:13,983,816.
  • If you match 5 out of the 6 drawn numbers, plus the bonus number, you win $75,000 and the odds for this win are 1:2,330,636.
  • Matching 5 out of the 6 numbers gives you $750 in prize at odds of 1:55,492.
  • Matching 4 out of the 6 numbers wins you $75 at 1:1,033.
  • The second last prize of $10 goes to the player or players who match 3 out of the 6 drawn numbers and the odds for this prize are 1:56.7.
  • The last prize is $5 and to win this, you have to match 2 of the 6 drawn numbers, plus the bonus number and the odds are 1:81.2.

The overall odds for winning a cash prize per dollar of play in BC/49 are 1:32.3. The jackpot is normally shared in the event there is more than one winner. If the winners for the second prize of $75,000 exceed 6, every winner will share equally from a pool of $450,000.

For the Extra, the prizes and odds are as follows:

  • If you match 4 out of the 4 numbers drawn, you win $500,000 and the odds for this are 1:3,764,376.
  • If you match 3 out of the 4 numbers drawn, you win $1,000 at odds of 1:9,906.
  • The second last prize of $10 goes to the player or players who match 2 out of the 4 numbers drawn and the odds for this win are 1:141.
  • The last prize, which is $1 comes at odds of 1:6.8 and is won by matching 1 out of the 4 drawn numbers.

The overall odds for winning a prize per dollar of Extra play are 1:6.5.

Match Odds
6 of 6 1 in 13,983,816
5 of 6 + Bonus 1 in 2,330,636
5 of 6 1 in 55,492
4 of 6 1 in 1,033
3 of 6 1 in 56.7
2 of 6 1 in 81.2

BC/49 Prize Breakdown

When you win a prize in BC/49, you need to bring with you two pieces of valid government issued identification documents for you to make a claim. The documents must bear a recent photo of you, your date of birth as well as signature. Prizes of up to $200 can be paid directly from the lottery retailers, although based on their cash float this can also up this to $999.99. For prizes from $1,000 to $9,999.99, you can claim at designated regional prize payout points. Any amount from $10,000 is payable at the BCLC Corporate Office. Claims which are greater than $25 million will be paid via wire transfer while those above $10,000 but not including $25 million are paid via check. The two corporate offices operated by BCLC include the BCLC head office in Kamloops and the BCLC Marketing & Sales office in Vancouver. All can pay prizes of any amount.

Match Prize
6 of 6 $2,000,000
5 of 6 + Bonus $75,000
5 of 6 $750
4 of 6 $75
3 of 6 $10
2 of 6 $5

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