A Canadian Conspiracy Theory

Canada is home to one of the largest groups of conspiracy theorists in the world. No membership is required to be part of this group. They have existed for a long time and usually appear in the comment sections of news stories at a specific time.

This group is comprised of disgruntled players of Canada’s two national lottery games. Lotto Max and Lotto 649. When any jackpot draws are won in Ontario or Quebec, it seems to draw out a majority of these conspiracy theorists from Atlantic Canada and Western Canada. These conspiracy theorists really believe that the two national lottery games are often rigged to be won in Ontario or Quebec. They fail completely to understand that the odds are exactly the same no matter where you purchase the tickets. Many of these same people will make arrangements for tickets to be bought in Ontario or Quebec, thinking that their odds of winning are better. A few store merchants have taken advantage of that mentality by offering lottery tickets to purchasers from outside the jurisdiction.

There is a reason that more jackpot lottery wins may come out of these provinces.

Have a look at the estimated populations of each of the jurisdictions.

Atlantic Lotto – NL, PEI, NS and NB. Estimated population of  2.373 million.

Loto-Québec – Quebec. Estimated population of 8.294 million.

OLG – Ontario. Estimated population of 13.982 million.

WCLC – MB, AB, SK and the 3 Territories. Estimated population of  6.83 million.

BCLC – British Columbia. Estimated population of 4.77 million.

The jurisdictions with the largest populations also have the largest numbers of lottery ticket purchasers. So even though the odds of winning any prize are exactly the same, many winning tickets go to Ontario or Quebec simply because more tickets are purchased there.

lotto 649 May 17

Screen shot from Atlantic Lottery Corporation’s iPhone app. Payout table shows a secondary price from the May 17, 2017 draw went to a ticket purchased in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The band of idiot conspiracy theorists go very quiet for a few days after draws like this one.

They always return because that kind of bitterness lingers on for life among the group. They never learn and never accept. A large jackpot will be won in either Ontario or Quebec, and will prompt the majority of these conspiracy theorists to flood comment pages in droves. They will accuse the system of being rigged and in favour of the two most populated lottery jurisdictions.

May 20, 2017 Lotto 649 drawing

FACT: Canada’s two national lotteries are drawn at the heavily secured headquarters of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation in Toronto. The ILC oversees the two main national lottery games and a third called the Daily Grand, which is set to expand to the remaining jurisdictions this year (2017). The ILC is owned jointly by each of the jurisdictions. Any regional games are the responsibility of the respective jurisdictions. They do their own drawings via machine (as demonstrated in the YouTube video above) and random computer generated numbers. Random number generation also is drawn for the guaranteed prizes in any of the national lottery games.

Because stupidity often appears more plentiful than oxygen, the bitter conspiracy theorists will be around for some time.

It is unfortunate that this mentality has also contributed to problems involved with gambling addictions. Addicts may feel a sense out of being cheated the chance to win anything because they do not live in a jurisdiction that sells many winning tickets. I’ve seen this first hand.

If you know someone who may have a problem with gambling, please contact your local addictions resource centre for information.





One thought on “A Canadian Conspiracy Theory

  1. The lopsided winning in Ontario has actually backed off in recent years, perhaps due to the relentless complaints from people who see it. Ontario still wins a large portion of the jackpots, but they are going more outside now to Quebec, out west and BC.
    Too bad you call conspiracy theorists idiots, because they are seeing something you are not. Yes, the odds are exactly the same which goes against the non-theorists. Yes, Ontario has the largest population in Canada, approximately 60 percent. But with 60 percent of Canada’s population, they were winning about 80 to 90 percent of the time. The numbers weren’t adding up. Why is that? This went on for years. As you mentioned above, the numbers were chosen out of random number generator machines. Random number generators are basically computers. Computers can be programmed or reprogrammed. A computer can easily know every number purchased in Canada and where. The computer can then be programmed to choose a number purchased in Ontario 80 to 90 percent of the time. In ordinary circumstances, 60 percent of the population should not be able to win 80 or 90 percent of the time, at least not consistently, yet Ontario was pulling it off on a consistent basis for years. Why is a mystery.
    Then, as you mentioned, the odds should be exactly the same regardless of where you purchase the ticket. In the nature of numbers, random drawing does not have to follow the largest numbers. The drawing can land anywhere, including the Maritimes. It could even theoretically land in the Maritimes several times in a row. And yet this NEVER happens. Not in all the history of the Canadian lottery has this ever happened, not even twice in a row, EVER. Yet, theoretically at least, it should be possible.

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