TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The very first winning ticket for the new Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw offered by The New LOTTO 6/49 was sold in the Orillia region. The draw took place on September 18, 2013. The New LOTTO 6/49 includes a new Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw along with each and every regular draw.
"We're thrilled that the winning ticket for the first Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw was sold in Ontario," said Greg McKenzie, Senior Vice President, Lottery, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and current President of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. "Our new Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw offers players 104 more chances to become a millionaire each year - one draw at a time. Somebody is going to win. It could be you!"
The next LOTTO 6/49 draw is on Saturday, September 21 for an estimated $9 million jackpot and the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw.
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Now with every LOTTO 6/49 play, customers will also receive a unique selection exclusively for the new Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw. The additional $1 million prize is drawn only from tickets issued - and that means up to two guaranteed $1 million wins every week across Canada. That's 104 more million-dollar draws each year than with the previous format.
A Whole New Ball Game
In addition to the new Guaranteed $1 Million Prize Draw to be won every draw, The New LOTTO 6/49 offers other great enhancements!
- Higher Jackpots: Jackpots starting at $5 million instead of $3 million.
- New Free Play: There's a new Free Play prize for matching 2 of 6 numbers.
- Better Odds: The overall odds of winning any prize improve from 1 in 32.3 to just 1 in 6.6 which means nearly five times more winning overall.
With The New LOTTO 6/49 players have more ways to win for each $3 play.
"For over 30 years, the iconic LOTTO 6/49 lottery game has been making dreams come true for winners, paying out more than $25 billion in prizes in its lifetime," said McKenzie. "The New LOTTO 6/49 is the same game that Canadians love to play, but better - with new million dollar prizes, bigger jackpots and more ways to win!
Ontario lottery players won $1.7 billion in prizes in the 2011/12 fiscal year.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG's operations help support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.
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