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Drawings: Twice Daily

Ways To Win

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.

Amount Bet Straight 24-Way Box 12-Way Box 6-Way Box 4-Way Box
.50 $2,500 $100 $200 $400 $599
$1 $5,000 $200 $400 $800 $1,198
$2 $10,000 $400 $800 $1,600 $2,396
$3 $15,000 $600 $1,200 $2,400 $3,594
$4 $20,000 $800 $1,600 $3,200 $4,792
$5 $25,000 $1,000 $2,000 $4,000 $5,990
$6 $30,000 $1,200 $2,400 $4,800 $7,188
Odds 1 in 10,000 1 in 417 1 in 833 1 in 1,667 1 in 2,500

 

Pick 4, Straight Winners on a Back-Up Bet

Amount Bet Total Cost 24-Way Box 12-Way Box 6-Way Box 4-Way Box
.50 $1 $2,600 $2,700 $2,900 $3,099
$1 $2 $5,200 $5,400 $5,800 $6,198
$1.50 $3 $7,800 $8,100 $8,700 $9,297
$2 $4 $10,400 $10,800 $11,600 $12,396
$2.50 $5 $13,000 $13,500 $14,500 $15,495
$3 $6 $15,600 $16,200 $17,400 $18,594
Odds   1 in 10,000 1 in 10,000 1 in 10,000 1 in 10,000

How To Play

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:

  • A 24-WAY boxed bet consists of four different numbers (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • A 12-WAY boxed bet has two numbers the same (1, 2, 3, 3)
  • A 6-WAY boxed bet has two sets of the same number (1, 2, 2, 1)
  • A 4-WAY boxed bet has three numbers the same (1, 1, 1, 2)

BACK-UP BET: Back-Up bets combine a Straight bet and a Boxed bet on one ticket, and must be placed in $1 increments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What are the differences between all of the box bets such as 3-way box, 6-way box, 24-way box, 12-way box, 6-way box and 4-way box? Why is there a varied payout?

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.

What is a back-up bet?

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.

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.

Pick 4 Rules & Regulations

3770:1-7-25 Ohio Lottery Commission game rule number twenty-five.

(A) Title and term. Ohio lottery commission game number twenty-five, “Pick 4,” shall be conducted at such times and for such periods as the commission may determine. For the purpose of this rule, “sales cycle” shall mean any such period beginning on the date when ticket sales are commenced, and continuing through the date on which sales are terminated by the commission.(2) Names and definitions of elements of game number twenty-five used in this rule are to be considered generic terms used solely for the purpose of this rule. In actual operation, game number twenty-five and these elements may be given names or titles chosen by the commission.

(B) General design.

(1) Game number twenty-five will be a number-match lottery game.

(2) Each ticket in game number twenty-five shall be imprinted with a four-digit number which shall be determined by the choice of the ticket purchaser or the auto pick feature of the computer system, and recorded on the ticket at the time of purchase.

(3) At such times as determined by the director, drawings will be conducted at which four one-digit numbers shall be selected at random from the four sets of all one-digit numbers. Holders of valid winning tickets for a given drawing bearing the numbers drawn in that drawing in specified combinations of positions, as determined by the purchaser or the auto pick feature, and recorded on the ticket at the time of purchase, shall be entitled to a prize award in accordance with this rule.

(4) Purchasers of tickets in game number twenty-five may purchase, at their option, tickets offering the following winning possibilities for any drawing:
 
(a) A four-digit number specified by the purchaser to match, in exact order, the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing, hereinafter referred to as “straight bet.”

(b) A four-digit number with three digits the same, specified by the purchaser, to match in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing, hereinafter referred to as “four-way box bet.”

(c) A four-digit number with two sets of matching digits, specified by the purchaser, to match in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing, hereinafter referred to as “six-way box bet.”

(d) A four-digit number with two digits the same, specified by the purchaser, to match in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing, hereinafter referred to as “twelve-way box bet.”

(e) A four-digit number, with no digits repeated, specified by the purchaser, to match in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing, hereinafter referred to as “twenty-four-way box bet.”

(f) A four-digit number specified by the purchaser in accordance with paragraphs (B)(4)(a) and (B)(4)(b); paragraphs (B)(4)(a) and (B)(4)(c); paragraphs (B)(4)(a) and (B)(4)(d); or paragraphs (B)(4)(a) and (B)(4)(e) of this rule, hereinafter referred to as “backup bet.”

(5) A drawing of numbers in another commission game may serve as the drawing in this game.

(C) Price of tickets. The price paid in game number twenty-five for each winning possibility for any given drawing by the purchaser shall be fifty cents, or multiples thereof to a maximum of six dollars at the choice of the purchaser. This amount shall constitute the wager. The price paid for a back up bet shall be equal to the wager amount. The total of all wagers, including back up bet amounts, with respect to each ticket sold shall constitute that ticket’s purchase price; said price to be imprinted on the ticket at the time of purchase.

(D) Structure, nature and value of prize awards, based upon the numbers drawn in each drawing. Prizes shall be awarded to the holders of valid one dollar tickets for that drawing as follows:

(1) A prize of five thousand dollars if the ticket includes a straight bet matching the four one-digit numbers exactly as selected in the applicable drawing.

(2) A prize of one thousand one hundred ninety-eight dollars if the ticket includes a four-way box bet matching in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing.

(3) A prize of eight hundred dollars if the ticket includes a six-way box bet matching in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing.

(4) A prize of four hundred dollars if the ticket includes a twelve-way box bet matching in any order the four one-digit numbers selected in the applicable drawing.

(5) A prize of two hundred dollars if the ticket includes a twenty-four way box bet matching in any order the four one-digit numbers.

(6) Winning tickets made in fifty-cent increments shall be awarded prizes at one-half the levels stated in paragraphs (D)(1) to (D)(5) of this rule.

(E) Limitations of prize liability. If the total prize liabilities for any number in combination of all types of bets, exceeds a limit as determined by the commission, then no further wagers on that number shall be accepted for that drawing.

(F) Frequency of prize drawings. Drawings shall be held at times determined by the director.

(G) Manner of prize drawings.

(1) Prize drawings shall be open to the public and may be held at such places in the state that the director shall determine. The director shall inform the public as to the time and place of each prize drawing.

(2) All holders of valid tickets for a given drawing are eligible to win in that drawing. If the holder of a winning ticket does not have the ticket validated within the requisite validation period from the date of the drawing, in accordance with the procedures set forth in these rules, such unclaimed prize shall be paid into the state lottery fund and distributed in accordance with section 3770.06 of the Revised Code.

(3) All drawings in game number twenty-five will be conducted in accordance with random procedures approved by the director. For every drawing in game number twenty-five, the director will approve procedures and mechanisms for the selection of winners and the awarding of prizes in order that random selection will be achieved.

(H) Validity of tickets.

(1) Each purchaser of tickets in game number twenty-five shall be responsible for verifying that the numbers imprinted on such ticket are those requested, that the purchase price paid is the price recorded on such ticket, and that such ticket has recorded thereon the type of bet or bets, and the drawing date or dates therefore, that the purchaser desired to make.

(2) Each ticket issued in game number twenty-five shall have imprinted thereon at the time of purchase, a control number or bar code data supplied by the commission. No prize shall be paid by the commission with respect to any tickets without such control number or bar code data.

(3) All tickets in game number twenty-five are subject to validation under procedures to be established by the director before the payment of any prize thereon.

(4) In addition to, but not in limitation of, all other power and authority conferred on the director by the commission’s rules, the director may declare a ticket in game number twenty-five to be void if it is stolen, not sold or deemed not sold in accordance with commission rules; if it is illegible, altered, or counterfeit; or if the ticket fails any of the validation tests or procedures established by the director pursuant hereto. The commission’s liability and responsibility for a ticket declared void, if any, is limited to the refund of the retail sales price of the ticket.

(I) Director’s conduct of game number twenty-five.

(1) The director shall conduct game number twenty-five in a manner consistent with the Lottery Act, the rules of the commission, including without limitation this rule, and the regulations of the director. As deemed necessary, or advisable, the director shall adopt management regulations, orders or directives to implement and operate this lottery game.

(2) Names and definitions of elements of game number twenty-five used in this rule are to be considered generic terms used solely for the purpose of this rule. In actual operation, game number twenty-five and these elements may be given names or titles chosen by the commission.

Effective: 11/14/2008