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.
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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