Drawings are held daily, seven days a week, at 12:29pm and 7:29pm, except Saturday evening. Pools close at 12:25 pm and 7:25pm, except Saturday. Saturday evening pools close at 7:45pm with the Saturday evening drawing occurring during the Cash Explosion Doubleplay television show, which airs from 7:30pm to 8:00pm and they are broadcast statewide.
PICK 4 drawings are held daily, seven days a week, at 12:29 p.m. and 7:29 p.m., and broadcast statewide. Saturday evening drawings occur during the Cash Explosion® Double Play television show, which airs from 7:30pm to 8:00pm.
When playing PICK 4, there three types of bets which can be placed:
STRAIGHT BET: If the numbers you have chosen are drawn in exact order, you win. Wager amounts are $0.50 and $1.
BOXED BET: If the numbers you have chosen are drawn in any combination, you win.
PICK 4 offers four types of boxed bets:
BACK-UP BET: Back-Up bets combine a Straight bet and a Boxed bet on one ticket, and must be placed in $1 increments.
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.
A boxed bet is a winner if any combination of your numbers come out as winning numbers. The 3-way and 6-way box bets only pertain to the Pick 3 game. 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 3 possible combinations rather than 6.
The same principle applies to the Pick 4 box bets which are the 24-way, 12-way, 6-way and 4-way boxes. Again, the “24-way” refers to how many possible combinations of a number there are. A Pick 4 boxed bet with 4 unique digits, such as 1-2-3-4, has 24 different possible winning combinations. With 24 ways to win, this is the easiest Pick 4 box, therefore it has the lowest payout. The 12-way box applies to a number that has 2 like numbers within it, such as 1-1-2-3. The 6-way box has 2 pair, example 1-1-2-2; and a 4 way box has 3 like numbers, for example 1-1-1-2. The 4-way box has the highest payout because with only 4 possible combinations, it is the least probable box bet to win.
You can play both Pick 3 and Pick 4 numbers in a “back-up” bet. This simply means that you are backing up one 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 come up, you win only the boxed amount.