German Lotto 6aus49 vs. Canada Lotto 6/49

The German lottery called ‘Lotto 6aus49’ and the Canadian lottery called ‘Canada Lotto 6/49’ are two of the world’s very popular and similar lotteries (both use the 6 from 49 game format) and in this article we will compare the two of them in an attempt to see which is possibly the better lotto to play. Both have great life-changing jackpots and have improved the lives of many winners over the years.

German Lotto vs Canada Lotto

Playing the lottery has been and still is amazingly popular all around the world as it can give players incredibly huge returns for very little outlay. The thrill of possibly winning millions in prize money and changing their lives for all time is what keeps people interested in this fun game and has done for hundreds of years.

How and when they began:

Canada Lotto 6/49

There are three different lottery games in Canada that began in June of 1982 and Canada Lotto 6/49 is one of them. It quickly became popular as it was one of the first lotto games in Canada to let players choose their own numbers.

It is managed by the Inter-provincial Lottery Corporation which is a conglomeration of five different regional lottery corporations from all over Canada and has maintained the same game format since its conception. It was updated in 2004 when they added a new prize tier where you match at least two numbers and you get a free ticket for the next upcoming draw.

Lotto 6aus49

The German Lotto6aus49 was conceived right back in October of 1955 and is one of the oldest and most popular lotteries in Europe. The Deutscher Lotto und Totoblock ‘DLTB’ was created in 1974 to run the community of sixteen independent German lottery societies and includes Lotto 6aus49 as a member.

Lotto 6aus49 originally used the 7/38 game format but was updated to the 6/49 format in June of 1986 with further updates added in May of 2013 where they added the Super ball (Superzahl) which is a bonus ball that enhanced the possibility of winning a prize.

Which of these two lotteries offers the best chance of winning?

To play the Canada Lotto 6/49 you need to choose six numbers out of a choice of forty-nine with the bonus number also drawn from the same pool of forty-nine balls. The bonus number is specifically used to increase the chances of a second tier win and has no bearing on whether you win the jackpot or not.

The German Lotto 6aus49 has the same number format where you choose six numbers from forty-nine but the bonus number (Superzahl) is chosen from a choice of nine numbers.

Even though the playing formats are similar, the Canada Lotto 6/49 has a much better chance to win the jackpot than the German Lotto 6aus49 as shown in the comparison table listed below:


Canada Lotto

Lotto 6Aus49

Minimum Jackpot Amount

CA $5 million

€1 million

Chances of winning Jackpot

1 in 13,983,816

1 in 139,838,160

2nd Prize Amount

6% of Pools Fund

10% of the prize pool

Chances of winning 2nd Prize

1 in 2,330,636

1 in 15,537,573

In the past these two lotteries could only be played in their own countries of origin until the internet arrived and allowed for them to be available to play online from anywhere in the world. All you need to do is to click onto our website at and you can play many different lotteries from all over the world.

hen are the Canada Lotto 6/49 and Lotto 6aus49 lottery draws?

The Canada Lotto 6/49 is drawn twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 21:30 CST.

The German Lotto 6aus49 is also drawn twice a week at 18:25 CET on Wednesdays and at 19:25 CET on Saturdays.

As soon as the draws have taken place, the results are published straight away and can be found on the PPlayUKLottery.comresults pages.

What is the jackpot rollover cap for the Canada Lotto 6/49?

The Canada Lotto 6/49 has no rollover cap and will keep rolling over until someone wins it.

What is the jackpot rollover cap for the German Lotto 6aus49?

The German Lotto 6aus49 does have a jackpot cap with a jackpot limit of €45 million. If nobody wins the jackpot once the jackpot limit is reached, it is shared equally amongst any lower tier winners.

How do the Canada Lotto and Lotto 6Aus49 lotteries pay out any winnings?

When you win the Canada Lotto 6/49 or Lotto 6aus49 jackpot, there is one (1) payout option available: the lump-sum payout. After tax deductions, the lump-sum payout option pays out your winnings immediately, and you will receive approximately 60% of the jackpot.

Under exceptional circumstances, reserves the right to pay the winning jackpot total in the form of an annuity payout.

The Statistics

The table below shows the comparison between the Canada Lotto 6/49 and the German Lotto 6aus49:

Game Features

Canada Lotto

Game Features

Lotto 6Aus49

Jackpot chances

1 in 13,983,816

Jackpot chances

1 in 139,838,160

Five (5) numbers + Bonus number

1 in 2,330,636

Six (6) numbers

1 in 15,537,573

Five (5) numbers

1 in 55,492

Five (5) numbers

1 in 60,223

Four (4) numbers

1 in 1,033

Four (4) numbers + Superball

1 in 10,234

Which of the two games has the best jackpots?

Both the Canada Lotto 6/49 and the German Lotto 6aus49 are quite similar with their biggest jackpot prizes.

The biggest Canada Lotto 6/49 jackpot so far was CA $64 million (roughly about €44 million) won in October 2015.

The biggest German Lotto 6aus49 jackpot to date happened in December 2017 with a prize of €45.3 million.

The biggest jackpots won so far in both lotteries:


Canada Lotto

Lotto 6Aus49


CA $64 million

October 17, 2015

€45.3 million

December 2007


CA $63.4 million

April 13, 2013

€42.6 million

October 2020


CA $54.3 million

October 26, 2005

€37.7 million

October 2006


CA $24,369,459.00

May 27, 2020

€17.7 million

March 2009


CA $16,472,123.30

April 15, 2020


Which of the two lotteries has the better prize tiers?

The Canada Lotto 6/49 has a total of seven prize tiers and the German Lotto 6aus49 has a total of nine prize tiers.

To be able to win the Canada Lotto 6/49 you will need to match all of the six numbers that are drawn.

To be able to win the German Lotto 6aus49 you will need to match all six numbers drawn plus the bonus number (Superzahl).

Listed below is a table that shows the values of the different prize tiers in each of the two lotteries:


Canada Lotto


Lotto 6Aus49

Six (6) numbers


Six (6) numbers + Super Number


12.80% of the prize pool

Five (5) numbers + Bonus ball

6% of the pool funds*

Six (6) numbers

10% of the prize pool

Five (5) numbers

5% of the pool funds*

Five (5) numbers + Super Number

5% of the prize pool

Four (4) numbers

9.5% of the pool funds*

Five (5) numbers

15% of the prize pool

Three (3) numbers

CA $10 (about US $7.60)

Four (4) numbers + Super Number

5% of the prize pool

Two (2) numbers + Bonus ball

CA $5 (about US $3.80)

Four (4) numbers

10% of the prize pool

Two numbers

Free ticket

Three (3) numbers + Super Number

10% of the prize pool

*The prize money is distributed evenly among all Canadian lottery players who qualify for it. Winners have one year from the date of the Canadian lottery draw to redeem their rewards.

Three (3) numbers

45% of the prize pool

Two (2) numbers + Super Number

Fixed amount*

*The percentage for prize tiers two (2) to eight (8) is calculated after the money for the jackpot is deducted, including the €6 for tier nine (9).

Now you have a lot more information about these two fabulous lotteries, good luck with the one or even both of them you choose to play. All you need to do is to log onto to play either of them and your future could be changed for the better forever.


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