About Grand Lotto 6/55 and its Odds of Winning

What is Grand Lotto 6/55

Grand Lotto 6/55 is a system 6/55 lottery. It is a form of lottery wherein 6 winning numbers are drawn out of 55 numbers from 1 to 55. From the player's point of view, it is a lottery system wherein the player bets on 6 different numbers from number 1 to 55. In the Philippines, this type of lottery system is called Grand Lotto. In other countries, it may be called or labeled differently.  Whatever it is called, the system remains the same.

How Do You Play Grand Lotto 6/55?

To play the game, you pick 6 numbers from 1 to 55. Each number must be unique; you cannot pick a number twice. Your 6-number combination however does not require any order. Use the wage card specific for Grand Lotto.

To use the wage card, simply mark the numbers that you want to play. Pick only 6 numbers for each box. There are 4 boxes labeled A, B, C, D. If you made a mistake in marking numbers, mark the void tag. If you have no specific numbers to play, use LP, which stands for Lucky Pick. By marking LP, the system will generate the lotto numbers for you.

You can play your numbers up to 6 consecutive draws. Simply mark the number of draws found on the left side of the card.

What are System Plays?

There are 7 system plays: 5R or roll 5, system 7 up to system 12.
  • 5R. In 5R, you mark 5 numbers. The system will generate your 5 numbers and combine them with all the other numbers 1 to 55. For example, if your numbers are 12345, the system will generate 50 combinations such as 123456, 123457, 123458 up to 1,2,3,4,5,55. You may also mark LP if you do not have particular numbers in mind. If you marked LP, make sure that you also mark 5R. This will cost you ₱1200.
  • System 7. In S7, you mark 7 numbers. Based on your 7 numbers, the system will generate 7 6-number combinations. For example, if your numbers are 1234567, the system will generate 123456, 123457, 123467, 123567, 124567, 134567, 234567. If you do not have particular numbers in mind, mark LP instead and make sure that you mark S7 as well. This will cost you ₱168.
  • System 8. Mark 8 numbers or mark LP. The system will generate 28 combinations. This will cost you ₱672.
  • System 9. Mark 9 numbers or mark LP. The system will generate 84 combinations. This will cost you ₱2016.
  • System 10. Mark 10 numbers or mark LP. The system will generate 210 combinations. This will cost you ₱5040.
  • System 11. Mark 11 numbers or mark LP. The system will generate 462 combinations. This will cost you ₱11,088.
  • System 12. Mark 12 numbers or mark LP. The system will generate 924 combinations. This will cost you ₱22,176.

How Much Do You Wage To Play the Game?

For each number combination you play, you pay 24 PHP. ₱20 is the price of the ticket; ₱4 goes to documentary tax. Since the Philippine lottery started, a lotto ticket had not been taxed. Starting in January 2018, under the Train Law of President Duterte, each ticket has been taxed 20%.

How Do You Win and How Much if You Matched Your Numbers?

If your 6 numbers matched the 6 winning numbers that were drawn, you win the jackpot prize. You win a consolation prize if you matched only 3, 4 or 5 numbers. The winning numbers do not follow a particular order, which means, how the numbers were drawn is irrelevant.

Match Prize Tax
6 numbers ₱30 million* 20%
5 numbers ₱200,000** or less 20%
4 numbers ₱3,000** or less
3 numbers ₱20 fixed

* The minimum or starting jackpot prize is ₱30 million. This is divided equally among the winners should there be more than 1 winner. Deducted from the jackpot prize are:
  • 1% commission for the agent or lotto outlet that sold the ticket.
  • 20% tax on winnings
** For the second and third prizes, these are further lessened depending on the number of winners. For example, if only ₱10 million is allotted for the second prize, and there were 80 winners, the ₱10,000,000 will be divided by 80, reducing the second prize to only ₱125,000. 

All prizes above ₱10,000 are taxed 20%. This took effect also in January 2018 as part of the Train Law. TRAIN stands for Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion.

How Many Combinations Can Be Formed with 55 Numbers?

You can form 28,989,675 combinations from numbers 1 to 55 wherein each combination comprises 6 unique non-repeating numbers in no particular order. 

What's The Odds of Winning Lotto 6/55?

Based on 28,989,675 combinations, your odds of winning a lottery 6/55 is 0.0000034% or 1:28,989,675. You have to play 289,896 combinations to increase you odds of winning to 1%.

If you are going to play all the 28 million plus combinations, it will cost you  ₱695,752,200.  You will have to wait for the jackpot prize to reach ₱878,475,000 just to breakeven (that is after deducting the 1% agent's commission and the 20% tax on winnings).

On the other hand, playing 289,896 combinations will cost you ₱6,957,504.

When are the Scheduled Draws of Grand Lotto 6/55?

The draws for Grand Lotto are held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9:00 PM televised live on PTV 4 and via live streaming on YouTube channel PCSO Gov.

How Can Probability Help Me Win Lotto 6/55?

It cannot but it can help you narrow down your choices of numbers. Not all the 28 million plus combinations are probable. By eliminating the non-probable combinations, you limit your choices to a few; thus increasing your odds but to just a bit.

Read more about Grand Lotto 6/55 probability studies.