Where can I play Pick 3?
Pick 3 can be played at any Ohio Lottery retailer location or self-service terminal.
When can I play Pick 3?
You can play Pick 3 during normal gaming system hours. Pick 3 is drawn twice daily at 12:29 p.m. and 7:29 p.m., except for Saturday evenings when the drawing is held during the Cash Explosion Game Show which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Please explain a straight bet on Pick 3?
Straight bets consist of three (3) numbers. To win, players must match the three numbers they bet, exactly from left to right, to the numbers drawn by the Ohio Lottery in the Pick 3 drawing. There is only one way to win on a straight wager.
Example – if a player selects the numbers 1-2-3 for their wager and the numbers selected by the Ohio Lottery are 1-2-3, the player has a straight match and wins.
What is a back-up bet?
You can play Pick 3 numbers as a “back-up” bet. This simply means that you are backing up your straight bet combination with a box bet. Therefore, if your straight bet wins, you win both the straight amount and the boxed amount. If your numbers do not come up straight, but a combination of your numbers wagered are drawn, you win only the boxed amount.
What are the differences between the box bets such as 3-way box, and the 6-way box?
A boxed bet is a winner if any combination of the numbers you bet is selected during the drawing. The term “3-way” and “6-way” refer to the number of combinations that are possible for a certain bet. If your Pick 3 bet consists of 3 unique digits, such as 1-2-3, there are 6 different winning combinations possible (1-2-3; 1-3-2; 2-1-3; 2-3-1; 3-1-2; and 3-2-1). This is a 6-way box. A Pick 3 number that has 2 like numbers, such as 1-1-2, only has 3 possible winning combinations--1-1-2; 1-2-1; and 2-1-1. This is a 3-way box bet. You win more money for 3-way box bets because there is a lower probability of winning with only three possible combinations.
What is a wheel wager and why does it cost and pay more than a boxed bet?
To “wheel” a bet is to play every combination of a Pick 3 number in a straight bet. The player must then pay for a straight bet on all 6 combinations of the number. If any combination of that number comes up, the player wins the straight amount of $250 for a $.50 bet or $500 for a $1 bet. For example, to play the numbers 1-2-3 in a wheel means that you are placing 6 straight bets on the numbers: 1-2-3; 2-1-3; 3-1-2; 1-3-2; 3-2-1 and 2-3-1. At $.50 per bet, playing 1-2-3 “wheel” costs $3 ($.50 X 6 bets).
On the other hand, in a boxed bet the amount wagered is divided across all combinations of the number, reducing your wager per number and therefore the payout when you win.
Please explain pairs betting?
Pairs betting means you are wagering that the first two numbers or last two number drawn match exactly, left to right, the first two numbers or last two numbers selected by the Lottery in the drawing.
If a player bet 1-2-3 as a front pair and the numbers drawn are 1-2-6, the player wins. If a player wagered 1-2-3 and the numbers selected in the drawing were 5-2-3, the player wins on a Back Pair bet. Players can also wager the first and last number of a combination. If 1-2-3 is bet as a split pair, and the numbers selected are 1-9-3, the player still wins on a split pair wager.
Can I cancel a Pick 3 wager?
Yes. Pick 3 wagers can be cancelled prior to the drawing. For example, if you purchase an EVENING drawing ticket, it must be cancelled prior to the scheduled EVENING drawing for which it was purchased.
How do I claim my prize?
- You need the original winning ticket to claim your prize.
- Powerball tickets purchased in Ohio can only be cashed in Ohio.
- When you win the jackpot, you will be able to select either 30 annual payments or the Cash Option.
- Up to $599 – Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validation and immediate prize payment.
- $600 to $5,000 – Present your ticket to any Ohio Lottery Retailer for validation and receive a Pay-to-Bearer receipt and a Claim Form for check processing OR present the Pay-to-Bearer receipt and completed claim form to an authorized bank cashing location and receive payment the same day.
- Over $5,000 – Present your ticket to an Ohio Lottery office for validation and check processing.
- You must validate and cash your winning ticket within 180 days of the drawing date.