The Lotto 649 draw on July 7, 2007, is referred to as the 7-7-7 draw. The following are some facts and figures from that draw.
The 7-7-7 date was considered lucky by many people.
Sales for Lotto 649 jumped 50% from the previous draw. Approximately 12 million tickets were sold. The winning numbers were 10, 19, 25, 31, 37 and 40 with a bonus of 1.
The match four prize was smaller than normal at $53.80 compared to the average payout of around $70. This was probably due to the fact that four of the winning numbers were offset by the same value - 6. Another reason to avoid patterns when selecting lottery numbers.
There were an unusually high number of winning jackpot tickets at 5. Each ticket won $3.2 million. This was the highest number of jackpot winning tickets since the launch of the $2 ticket in June of 2004. The previous record of 4 winning tickets was on April 8, 2006 where sales were slightly higher at 14.2 million tickets. The winning numbers on April 8, 2006, were "birthday numbers".
From 1995 to 2004, the largest number of winning tickets for a single draw was 8 for the September 9, 1995 draw where sales were 19.5 million tickets.