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Alberta ranked second luckiest region

Report based on Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, and Daily Grand
Nunavut is the luckiest region in the last 12 months, followed by Alberta, according to Datslots. (File Photo)

Alberta is the second luckiest region in Canada, according to a new lottery study.

Nunavut has the most luck, and Manitoba came in third.

To rank the 10 regions, online casino expert Datslots analyzed lottery winnings of $10,000 or more over the last 12 months in Canada’s three national draws — Lotto Max, Lotto 6/49, and Daily Grand. The amounts were totalled and divided per 1,000 residents to reveal the luckiest lottery region.

“Interestingly, Canada’s three most populated regions fail to rank among the three luckiest areas for lottery players. Two of the smallest regions in Canada also performed poorly in the study, with mid-size regions like Alberta and Manitoba seemingly having some of the best luck,” said a Datslots spokesperson, in a statement.


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The luckiest region Nunavut (population 40,586) had average winnings of $172,473 per 1,000 residents. The region hit the top spot after one local claimed a Daily Grand jackpot of $7 million back in October 2022.

Alberta (population 4,601,314) had average winnings of $67,566 per 1,000 residents to come in second. Over the last 12 months, a total of $310,892,575 has been won in the region, with a $70-million Lotto Max jackpot going to one person in Calgary in October 2022.

Manitoba (population 1,420,228) came in third with average winnings of $53,959 per 1,000 residents. Over the last 12 months, the largest jackpot win in the region went to someone in Winnipeg who won a $60-million Lotto Max prize in March 2023.

The Atlantic provinces (population 2,553,264) placed fourth with average lottery winnings of $45,688 per 1,000 residents. The largest jackpot win of $64 million went to a Lotto 6/49 player in April 2023.


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Despite having the largest sum of total lottery winnings in the past year — $646,485,815 — Ontario (population 15,262,660) placed fifth with average winnings of $42,357 per 1,000 people. Two residents won a jackpot prize of $60 million each in Lotto Max in November 2022.

British Columbia (population 5,368,266), Quebec (population 8,751,352), and the Yukon (43,964), took sixth, seventh, and eighth place, with average winnings of $38,547, $24,276, and $22,746.

Saskatchewan (population 1,205,119) came in ninth with average winnings of $17,360 per 1,000 residents. The biggest lottery win was $5 million, claimed by an individual in Saskatoon playing Lotto 6/49 in May 2023.

Northwest Territories (population 45,602) finished last to be the unluckiest place to play the lottery in Canada, with average winnings of $11,438 per 1,000 people. A Yellowknife resident who won $250,000 in July 2023 on a Lotto 6/49 ticket had the biggest win.

Canada’s national lotteries handed out over $1.6 billion in big wins over the last 12 months.

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