OLG to Raise Price of Lotto 649
Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) has announced that it will increase the price of a Lotto 6/49 ticket from $2 to $3 from the beginning of September this year.
In addition, one of Canada's favorite lotteries will under other changes, including the addition of a brand new $1 million weekly jackpot prize, as well as increasing jackpots that start from $5 million.
The OLG has also planned the introduction of new free play prizes that players can win by matching two numbers on their Lotto 6/49 tickets.
The lottery firm has confirmed that the dollar price increase is designed to cover the additional and increased jackpots.
New Lottery Millionaires Every Week
In a press release put out by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp this week, the group's Senior Vice President, Greg McKenzie said: "With the new $1 million prize that's guaranteed to be won with every draw, Lotto 6/49 will be creating more millionaires every week."
"These changes will make Lotto 6/49 better than ever while still being the game that Canadians have been playing since 1982," he added.
The game will essentially be played in exactly the same way, except for the improvements that have been made.
Players will still need to match six numbers from 1 to 49 in order to win big jackpots or cash prizes, while new free plays will be awarded for matching 2 out of 6 numbers.
With each ticket, players receive a new unique number for the new $1 million prize which OLG promises will be won with every draw.
The odds to win any prize in the upgraded Lotto 6/49 ticket have also improved drastically, with 1 in 6.6 chances of winning, instead of the current 1 in 32.3. OLG says that this improves the chances of winning any prize by nearly five times.
Higher Lotto 6/49 Ticket Prices
For an extra dollar, Lotto 6/49 players can enjoy more ways to win and, according to the OLG press release, which stated "better value overall than the current game structure offers."
Explained McKenzie: "These changes will make Lotto 6/49 better than ever while still being the game that Canadians have been playing since 1982."
The first draw of the new Lotto 6/49 makeover ticket is scheduled for September 18th, 2013, while tickets can be purchased from September 15th.