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New $1-million Lotto 6/49 prize to have guaranteed winner each draw

Lotto 649 tickets are shown in Toronto in a recent photo. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. says it will make more people millionaires each week starting this fall.The lottery agency is creating a new $1-million prize for Lotto 6/49 and guarantees there will be a winner at each draw.

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The odds of becoming a millionaire will improve this fall for Canadians who play Lotto 6/49, the national lottery organization said Wednesday.

A new $1 million prize is being introduced for Lotto 6/49, with a guaranteed winner at each draw, the Interprovincial Lottery Corp. said in a statement issued by Ontario's lottery agency.

It's one of a handful of changes the organization said will take effect Sept. 15, with the first draw planned for Sept. 18.

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Others include jackpots that start at $5 million and new free play prizes that can be won by matching just two numbers out of six.

To offset the cost of the guaranteed $1 million prize, the corporation is raising the price of each play by $1 to $3.

But it said the changes are worth the extra cost because the odds of winning any prize will jump from one in 32.3 to one in 6.6 — nearly five times more.

"These changes will make Lotto 6/49 better than ever while still being the game that Canadians have been playing since 1982," ILC president and OLG senior vice-president Greg McKenzie said in a statement.

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