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Lotto 6/49 introduces 'guaranteed prize draw'

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If your retirement plans aren't quite panning out the way you'd like, maybe Lotto 6/49 has the answer.

The 31-year-old lottery has announced the first major changes since its inception, including a guaranteed prize draw. For every set of Lotto 6/49 numbers entered in the jackpot draw, a special number will be automatically entered into a separate draw for a $1-million prize.

"Unlike the main Jackpot draw, which randomly draws from the range of possible numbers, the guaranteed prize draw will be made from entered numbers only, so a winner is guaranteed every time," said Andrea Marantz, spokesperson for Western Canada Lottery Corporation.

That means there will be a pair of new millionaires in Canada every week, or 104 every year.

Other changes include jackpots starting at $5 million and a free ticket for matching just two of six numbers. That increases a player's chances of winning something from one in 32 to one in six.

The changes will be effective for tickets sold starting on Sunday with the first draw on Wednesday.

Lotto 6/49 awarded its first jackpot of $500,000 on June 5, 1982. Since then, it has awarded more than $24.4 billion, including a record $63.4 million jackpot in April.

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