how pick 3 works

How to Play Pick 3

Pick 3 is the daily online game where you have to match just three numbers to win up to €500. You can pick from five different bet types, each of which gives you a different way to win, and you can also choose how much you want to bet each time. Pick 3 draws take place twice a day; there’s one draw at 15:00 and another at 20:00.

Pick 3 is only available online and cannot be played in betting shops. Follow the steps below to get your entries for the next draw:

  • Pick three numbers between 0 and 9. You can select the same number more than once
  • Select your bet type: Straight, Box, Straight/Box, Front Pair, Back Pair, or Combo
  • Confirm the size of your bet – for most bet types this will be €0.50 or €1.00
  • Choose how many draws you want to enter
  • Register an online account or sign in to an existing one
  • Deposit funds into your online account and complete the purchase

Once you have completed the purchase of your bets you just need to look out for the winning numbers. The Pick 3 Results page is updated with the latest numbers straight after every twice-daily draw.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

As you get to choose your bet type you also get to pick which prizes to play for. Prize amounts and odds differ between each of the different bet types, so you can play a Straight to try and win the top €500 prize, or you can play one of the other types to get better odds of winning.

Your bet amount also affects how much prize money you can win. Most bets allow you to pay either €0.50 or €1.00 – the higher bet amount means that the prizes you play for are also higher.

The following table shows all the prizes you can win for each bet type, as well a brief explanation of each type, the odds of winning, and how much each bet costs.

Pick 3 Prizes and Odds
Bet Type Odds of Winning Prize Payout
Straight – Match in exact order €0.50 Bet €1 Bet
Straight 1 in 1,000 €250 €500
Box – Match in any order €0.50 Bet €1 Bet
3-way (2 like numbers) 1 in 333 €80 €160
6-way (3 different numbers) 1 in 167 €40 €80
Straight/Box – Match in exact order or any order (costs €1)* Box Straight
3-way 1 in 333/1 in 1,000 €80 €330
6-way 1 in 167/1 in 1,000 €40 €290
Combo – Covers all Straight combinations of a three-digit number (costs between €1.50 and €6)** €250 €500
3-way 1 in 333 €1.50 Bet €3 Bet
6-way 1 in 167 €3 Bet €6 Bet
Pair – Match the first or last two in exact order €0.50 Bet €1 Bet
Front Pair 1 in 100 €25 €50
Back Pair 1 in 100 €25 €50

3-way and 6-way bets

The numbers you pick can directly affect how much you can win. For example, if your three-digit combination includes two identical numbers, you can only play ‘3-way’ bets, because those numbers can be ordered in three different ways. If you choose three different numbers, you would play a ‘6-way’ bet, as there are six ways of ordering those numbers. Here are some examples:

Bet Type Your Numbers Winning Combinations
3-way 122 122, 212, 221
6-way 123 123, 132, 213, 231, 312, 321

All Box, Straight/Box, and Combo bets you place will be either 3-way or 6-way bets. The cost of a Combo bet also changes depending on whether it’s a 3-way or 6-way bet, because with that type you place separate Straight bets on every combination of your three numbers. If you play a 3-way Combo you play three Straight bets and you pay for all three, and for a 6-way Combo you pay for six Straight bets.

These rules do not apply to Straight or Pair bets, as in both cases you have to match the winning numbers in the same order they’re drawn. The odds of doing so are the same whether you pick identical numbers or not.

Take a look the answers to these frequently asked questions if you need any more information about how Pick 3 works.

Each bet type has its own cost of playing – you can find the cost of each type in the table below:

Bet Type Cost
Straight €0.50 or €1
Box €0.50 or €1
Straight/Box €1 – The cost is split equally between both parts of the bet
Pair €0.50 or €1
Combo From €0.50 to €6

You have until 12:50 UK time to enter the lunchtime draw and 16:50 to purchase entries for the teatime draw. Due to Daylight Saving, the cut-time local to South Africa will change through the year – please see the table below:

Start Date End Date Cut-off Time in UK Cut-off time in South Africa
Last Sunday in March Last Sunday in October 12:50 BST 13:50
Last Sunday in October Last Sunday in March 12:50 GMT 14:50
Start Date End Date Cut-off Time in UK Cut-off time in South Africa
Last Sunday in March Last Sunday in October 17:50 BST 18:50
Last Sunday in October Last Sunday in March 17:50 GMT 19:50

You must specify one type for each bet you place. You can, however, place multiple bets at the same time and select a different bet type for each. For example, you cannot pay €0.50 and play a Straight, Box, and Pair bet with that one wager, but you could place three different €0.50 bets and select a different bet type for each.

All Pick 3 prizes will be paid into your online player account after the draw. Just log in to your account and the prize money will be reflected in your balance. You can then use the winnings to pay for further Pick 3 entries or withdraw the money to your bank account.

The terms ‘3-way’ and ‘6-way’ describe how many different combinations you can make out of the three numbers you pick. For example, the numbers 223 can be arranged three different ways (223, 232, and 322) so that’s a 3-way combination.

The odds of winning certain bets with a 3-way combination are longer than if you play the same bet with a 6-way combination. For that reason, the prizes you win for 3-way bets are higher than those for 6-way bets. If you win a 3-way Box bet, you get up to €160, while for a 6-way Box bet you can win up to €80.

Yes, you can, but by doing so you limit your bet type to a Straight, as the only way to match three identical numbers is to match them exactly – it’s impossible to match them in a different order. There is only one possible combination of the numbers 111, for example, so there is no way to generate the 3-way or 6-way combinations required by Box bets and similar.

Pick 3 is the newest online daily game giving you the chance to win up to €500 for matching just three numbers from 0 to 9. Find out how to play here.

How to Play

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Playing PICK 3™ is easy. It’s the game where you can play today and get paid today. You can win a top prize of $500 with a $1 Straight play, or increase your chances of winning with a Box, Straight/Box, Combo, Pairs or 1-OFF ® play. So many options to try! Simply select your lucky numbers and play it your way any day – twice a day. Midday and evening drawings offer two chances to play – and win!

To play, pick up a PICK 3 playslip at an authorized Florida Lottery retailer. Each playslip contains five panels (A-E). In each panel played:

1. Select one number (from 0 through 9) from each column for a total of three digits, or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box and let the terminal randomly pick some or all of your numbers. For a Front Pair play, select numbers from the first two columns only; and, for a Back Pair play, select numbers from the last two columns only.

2. Select the play type: Straight, Box, Straight/Box, 1-OFF, Combo, Front Pair, or Back Pair.

3. Select the amount you want to play: 50 cents or $1 (all Straight/Box and 1-OFF plays cost $1; Combo plays cost $1.50 to $6.00).

4. Select the draw time. Select MID for the midday drawing (1:30 p.m. ET), EVE for the evening drawing (9:45 p.m. ET) draw, or BOTH for both the midday and evening drawings. If no draw time is marked, the terminal will automatically print a ticket for the next available draw. If BOTH is selected, two separate tickets will print – one for the midday drawing and one for the evening drawing.

5. To Advance Play the same numbers and play types up to 14 consecutive days for the selected draw time(s), simply mark the number in the “Days” section on your playslip.

6. Give your completed playslip and payment to the retailer. You will receive a ticket for each set of selected numbers and draw date(s). Please check your ticket(s) before you leave the store. You are responsible for the accuracy of your ticket(s).

7. Check the official drawing results to see if you’re a winner! Draw results are available on this website, at authorized Florida Lottery retailers and by calling (850) 921-PLAY (7529). You may also watch the drawings online.

PICK 3 drawings are held twice daily, seven days per week, at 1:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. ET. Tickets for each drawing may be purchased up to 11 minutes prior to the applicable drawing – 1:19 p.m. ET for the midday drawings and 9:34 p.m. ET for the evening drawings.

Please remember: All prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable draw date.
Prizes of less than $600 may be claimed at any authorized Florida Lottery retailer.

If you claim a prize on a winning Advance Play ticket before all of the drawings on the ticket have occurred, you will be issued a continuation ticket for the remaining draws with the same play numbers and play types as the original ticket.

How to Play 1-Off ®

Ever feel like you’re close, but you’ve somehow missed the mark? With 1-OFF ® you can miss by one and still win a cash prize. That’s 26 more chances to win!

To play, simply pick up a PICK 3 playslip at an authorized Florida Lottery retailer.

Select your three numbers, or QP to let the terminal randomly pick some or all of your numbers.

Mark the 1-OFF ® box on the PICK 3 playslip.

Select the draw time: MID, EVE, or BOTH.

Once you give your completed playslip and payment to the retailer, you will receive a ticket printed with your 3-digit number and the 1-OFF numbers higher or lower than your 3-digit number.

During the PICK 3 drawing, 3 numbers will be drawn at random. If your 3-digit number is a Straight match to the numbers, you win $250. Or, if any of your 1-OFF numbers match the PICK 3 numbers drawn, you can win up to $10.

Straight 1:1,000 $250
1-OFF on one digit 1:166.67 $20
1-OFF on three digits 1:125 $10
1-OFF on two digits 1:83.33 $5

Now you know how to play PICK 3 1-OFF!

Players who match all three of the winning numbers drawn in the official PICK 3™ drawing for the date played can win up to $500, depending on the play type purchased and the amount played. Front Pair or Back Pair players who match two numbers in exact order can win up to $50.

Pick 3
Odds of Winning and Estimated Prize Payouts
Play Types Example Odds Prize Payouts
STRAIGHT Match in exact order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
123 1:1,000 $250 $500
BOX Match in any order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
3-WAY 112 1:333.33 $80 $160
6-WAY 123 1:166.67 $40 $80
STRAIGHT/BOX Match in exact order or any order. Costs $1. BOX STRAIGHT*
3-WAY 112 1:1,000 & 1:333.33 $80 $330
6-WAY 123 1:1,000 & 1:166.67 $40 $290
1-OFF™ Match in exact order or off by one on any or all of your 3 digits in exact order. $1.00 Play
STRAIGHT 123 1:1,000 $250
1-OFF on one digit 124 1:166.67 $20
1-OFF on three digits 214 1:125 $10
1-OFF on two digits 134 1:83.33 $5
PAIRS Match two in exact order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
FRONT PAIR 12x 1:100 $25 $50
BACK PAIR x23 1:100 $25 $50
COMBO Covers all Straight combinations of a 3-digit number. Costs $1.50 to $6 depending on the numbers you select. $250 $500
3-WAY 112 1:333.33 $1.50 Play $3 Play
6-WAY 123 1:166.67 $3 Play $6 Play
*Combined straight and box payouts
Numbers Selected Determine Ways to Win Example Example Winning Combinations
3-WAY: Select a 3-digit number with two like digits and get 3 ways to win. 112 112,121,211
6-WAY: Select a 3-digit number with all different digits and get 6 ways to win. 123 123,132,213,231,312,321
1-OFF: All possible combinations in which each of the three (3) digits either matches or is one (1) number higher or lower than each of the player’s three (3) digits in exact order. 26 ways to win. 123 012, 013, 014, 022, 023, 024, 032, 033, 034, 112, 113, 114, 122, 124, 132, 133, 134, 212, 213, 214, 222, 223, 224, 232, 233, 234

Unlike the Lottery’s other Draw games, which are pari-mutuel in design (that is, players are vying for a portion of what is in the prize pool), PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, and PICK 5 offer set prize payouts. Therefore, the Lottery has established a $8 million liability limit for PICK 3 for any particular three-digit number for each drawing. Should any three digit combination (for example 777) be purchased often enough in a single drawing that would result in the liability limit being exceeded, the Lottery will “cut off” further sales of that specific number combination. In addition, no Front Pair or Back Pair that involves the first two or last two digits, respectively, of the three-digit number will be allowed for that drawing. Players that have already played those numbers will still win the full amount of the set prize even if the liability limit has been met. For more details on this issue, please refer to the Pick 3 game rule, section (1)(i).

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