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Changes to Canada Lotto 6/49 now in effect

Jun 1, 2004, 12:52 pm

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Changes to Canada's most popular lottery game since 1982 are now in effect.

Lotto 6/49 buyers are now paying $2 per ticket, an increase of $1, first announced last November by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. The price hadn't increased since its inception 22 years ago, Don Pister, spokesman for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

The $2 tickets were first sold Sunday morning and the first draw will be held Wednesday night.

The game is unchanged, except for an additional $5 prize for matching two out of six numbers, plus the bonus.

The decision was reached by Canada's five regional lottery corporations following interviews with 4,500 Canadians across the country who told researchers they wanted bigger jackpots, Mr. Pister said.

The jackpot was rarely exceeding $10-million in the last couple of years, Mr. Pister said, adding that he expects the jackpot will regularly start at $4-million and may even reach $25-million thanks to pricier tickets.

While it's too early to tell if people are buying into the promise of larger windfalls, the Wednesday jackpot will start at $4-million to show buyers that the game is delivering bigger jackpots, Mr. Pister said.

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