Game & Draw Security
How secure are the WCLC’s Game System and Processes?
WCLC Game System procedures are carried out in strict accordance with established security standards to ensure the integrity of our system and processes.
- Each draw has a sales cut-off time, called "game break", after which no further tickets can be sold for inclusion in that particular draw. The game break is verified by WCLC Operations staff and confirmed by independent third-party Auditors before the drawing of winning numbers is allowed to proceed.
- Independent third-party Auditors play a significant role during every draw and act as the public's eyes and ears in the draw process.
- Once sales for the current draw are closed at game break, all tickets registered in the central Game System for that draw are copied to a file and that file is transferred to an Independent Control System - a system separate from the Game System and is under the exclusive control of the Auditors. As an additional control, the Auditors receive a separate disc containing the ticket information that was loaded onto the Independent Control System.
- Immediately after the draw has been completed, the winning numbers that were drawn are entered in both the Game System and Independent Control System in order to identify the winners in each prize category for that particular draw.
- The results from both systems are then compared to ensure that the results are identical. The Auditors verify that the results are identical.
- Several layers of security are in place to monitor Game System activity at all times - including during draw procedures.
How do the draws work for games like LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX?
DAILY GRAND, LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX are national games and the draws are conducted by Interprovincial Lottery Corporation (ILC) on behalf of the five lottery regions in Canada. LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX main draws are made using ball-draw machines, while DAILY GRAND, LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed Prize Draws and LOTTO MAX MAXMILLIONS draws (when offered) are made using an RNG (random number generator).
Effective May 14, 2019, ILC will also use an RNG to draw LOTTO MAX and LOTTO 6/49 main draw winning numbers.
For draws that are made using ball-draw machines:
- The balls are placed in numerical order in the ball rack of the draw machine before a draw begins.
- Once the draw is initiated, the balls are released into the mixing drum, which is spun for a minimum of 10 seconds, before balls are drawn one-by-one automatically by the machine.
- For LOTTO 6/49 draws, seven balls (six main numbers and one Bonus number) are drawn.
- For LOTTO MAX, eight balls (seven main numbers and one Bonus number) are drawn.
- One by one, each ball is raised by a piston until it drops into a chute at the top of the machine.
- Strict controls and security measures are in place for every draw.
- All draws are videotaped.
- An external auditor, and a draws manager are present at each draw to ensure draw integrity.
- The external auditor witnesses the draw and officially records the winning numbers.
- The draw manager is responsible for the security of the draw and ensuring that all draw procedures are followed.
- Draw machines are located in a secure location that is monitored by video surveillance 24 hours a day.
- Draw balls are kept in locked cases with security seals.
- Players can watch the most recent DAILY GRAND, LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX draws on our website. The link is located on the Winning Numbers page for these games.
How do the draws for regional games like WESTERN 649 work?
Draws for WCLC’s regional games – WESTERN 649, WESTERN MAX, EXTRA and the PICK games - are done on stand-alone computerized draw machines. As with all lottery draws, stringent controls and security measures are in place.
- Two computerized draw machines are available for each draw.
- They are individually sealed and are located in a secure location that is monitored by video surveillance 24 hours a day.
- An independent external Auditor, who oversees the draw, selects which draw machine is to be used for any given draw.
- Security personnel attend each draw, and all draws are videotaped using an automated time-date stamp.
- The computerized draw machines were initially tested by two independent laboratories to ensure the randomness of their number selection.
- Draw software was also tested independently and certified as accurate.
- Independent testing of randomness and software occurs from time to time, and when regional games are added or removed, or significant changes are made to existing games.
- KENO draws are conducted using a stand-alone computerized draw system. The system is under constant videotape surveillance and has been verified as random by an independent testing lab. KENO draws are monitored and recorded to ensure that nothing interferes with the draw and stringent controls and security measures are in place for each draw. KENO draws are subject to daily audits.