Lotto649 Changes - September 15th 2013

"Lotto649 revamped with CAN$ 1M Guaranteed Prize Draw & Bigger Jackpots"

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The premier Canadian Lottery - Lotto 649 - has just undergone a significant makeover creating an even bigger and better game in the Canadian Lotteries portfolio.

With effect from Sunday 15th September 2013 - Canada Lottery players will notice vast improvements to the already highly popular Lotto 649 - the first Canada 649 draw to take place with the new and improved structure taking place on Wednesday 18th September 2013.

Since its inception on June 12th 1982 - the Canadian Lotto 649 has not seen many changes - the last major alteration being in June 2004 when the starting jackpot was increased from CAN$ 2 MILLION to CAN$ 3 MILLION and Lotto 649 ticket prices were upped from CAN$ 1 to CAN$ 2.

Here is a quick look at the improvements and changes made to the Lotto 649 in September 2013...

  • BIGGER Starting jackpots of CAN$ 5 MILLION for every draw
  • NEW Guaranteed Prize Draw of CAN$ 1 MILLION in every draw
  • NEW Prize Category called 'Free Play' for matching 2 numbers
  • Overall lottery Winning Odds now just 1 in 6
  • Lotto 649 tickets price increase to CAN$ 3

Taking each one of these important Lotto 649 changes in turn, let's have a closer look at what it means to you as a player...

BIGGER Starting Jackpots

All players love to see bigger jackpots in their favourite game and the Lotto649 organizers have listened to player demand and delivered this by increasing the starting jackpot for every game from CAN$ 3 MILLION to a much more attractive CAN$ 5 MILLION.

Every time the 649 jackpot is won it will automatically revert to its new starting jackpot of CAN$ 5 MILLION. That is almost a 67% increase over the previous starting jackpot of CAN$ 3 MILLION.

The last time the starting jackpot for the Lotto 649 was increased was back in June 2004 when it was raised from CAN$ 2 MILLION to CAN$ 3 MILLION.

NEW Lotto 649 CAN$ 1 MILLION Raffle

A great addition to the Canada Lotto 649 is the new CAN$ 1 MILLION Raffle game that is called the Guaranteed Prize Draw.

This is the same as the Millionaire Raffle in the EuroMillions UK game and the UK Lotto Raffle and offers players a separate chance of winning CAN$ 1 MILLION in every draw on both Wednesdays and Saturdays meaning that there will be an extra 104 Lotto 649 Millionaires throughout the year!

Every entry into the Lotto649 will be allocated a unique Guaranteed Prize Draw number of 10 digits which will be split between 8 and 2 digits like this: 65984213-01.

The last 2 digits denote how many game plays have been purchased on the same ticket - ie. a ticket with 4 game plays purchased (using the 8 digits above) would have the number 65984213-04 - the 04 indicating that 4 entries have been purchased.

The player who correctly matches all 10 digits of the Guaranteed Prize Draw number drawn wins the CAN$ 1 MILLION.

NEW Prize Category for Matching 2 Numbers

A brand new prize category has been introduced giving players even more opportunities to win Lotto 649 prizes.

For the first time in its history - the Lotto 649 now has a 7th prize level known as 'Free Play' where you can win Lotto 649 prizes for matching only 2 of the winning lotto numbers drawn.

If you successfully select just 2 of the winning numbers you will win a 'Free Play' ticket worth CAN$ 3 entitling you to yet another entry into the Lotto649. The odds of winning a 'Free Play' ticket are 1 in 8.3.

Better Overall Odds of Winning

With the inclusion of the new, 7th prize division called 'Free Play' - the overall odds of wiing the Lotto 649 have just got even better! Prior to the Lotto 649 changes in September 2013 the overall odds of winning any Lotto 649 prize were 1 in 32 - now, however, those odds have come right down to just 1 in 6.6.

All players like to play lotto games that offer great odds of winning - and with these great odds this is even further proof that the Canada Lotto 649 has got bigger and better.

Lotto 649 Ticket Price Increase to CAN$ 3

The last time the cost of Lotto 649 tickets increased was in June 2004 when they doubled in price from CAN$ 1 to CAN$ 2.

This time around - in September 2013 - the price of a Lotto 649 ticket has been raised by only 50% from CAN$2 to CAN$ 3 whilst at the same time offering players a much bigger starting jackpot, extra chances to win CAN$ 1 MILLION each draw, an extra prize level and a 5 times better chance of winning a prize.

It has to be said that the revamped Lotto649 and the improvements made as a results of the Lotto 649 changes more than compensate for the relatively minor increase in ticket costs.





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