A Few Fireball Details
About the new add on feature called Fireball for Pick3 and Daily 4 .
The base game play of Pick3 and Daily 4 remains exactly the same as you know it today. Same costs, prize amounts, bets, same everything.
The new add on feature, Fireball, is totally optional and it doubles the cost of your play . Example : If you play Pick 3 Exact for 50 cents, to play Fireball, will cost you an additional 50 cents for a total cost of $1. If you bet $1, then to add Fireball to your play, you will pay a total of $2.
Here’s how it works (for both Pick3 and Daily4) .
After the Pick3 and Daily 4 drawings, they’ll draw one more number – called Fireball – between zero through
nine. IF needed . you use the Fireball number to replace ONE of the numbers drawn virtually making new winning combinations.
Example: Winning Numbers Drawn 5-6-7 Fireball 8. The Fireball number replaces ONE of the winning numbers: 8-6-7 or 5-8-7 or 5-6-8.
Like Sum it Up, you can win “just” the base game of Pick3/Daily4 or “just” the add-on game, Fireball, or you could win “both.”
Example – Win Fireball Only – (You lose your Pick3/Daily4 base bet):
Let’s say you play 3-6-8, EXACT, and bought the Fireball option. The numbers drawn were 2-6-8 and the Fireball number was 3. You can replace the number “2” – that was actually drawn – with the Fireball #3 to create new winning combination that you just happen to have in exact order.
Your selected numbers 3-6-8 did not match the winning numbers drawn, however, by using the Fireball number to replace the first number drawn, you created a new winning combination of 3-6-8 that you did have. So you won your Fireball bet but you lost your Pick3/Daily4 base bet because you had to use the Fireball number to win.
Example 1 – Win Both Pick3/Daily4 & Fireball Bets:
You bet $1 Exact Order play and the your select numbers are 1-2-3. You also purchase FIREBALL for an additional $1.
The winning numbers drawn are 1-2-3 Fireball 1 . so you win the base game prize of $500 because you played 1-2-3 plus you win the Fireball prize of $180 because the Fireball number was one of your number selected. Your total win – $680. (On an exact bet, using the Fireball number, there are 3 winning combinations – 1-2-3, 1-1-3, 1-2-1 – Remember, you use the Fireball number to replace ONE of the numbers drawn .)
Example 2 – Win Both Pick3/Daily4 base game & Fireball Bet:
You bet $1 Exact Order play and the your select numbers are 4-4-4. You also purchase FIREBALL for an additional $1.
The winning numbers drawn are 4-4-4 Fireball 4 . so you win the base game prize of $500 plus you win the Fireball prize of $540 making your total win $1040.
Beware: For those of you who plays “Combo” – playing Fireball can be very costly. If you spend $6 dollars on your one Pick3 ticket, then the cost for Fireball is also $6 making that one ticket cost $12.
The Payouts Are Extremely Complicated
Due to my lack of understanding the rule, which for me is unusual, I asked the TLC the following questions.
Their answers are included.
I play 623 – 50 cent Exact – and buy Fireball. The numbers drawn – 523 Fireball 6. How much did I win? $90
I play 623 – 50 cent Exact/ANY – and buy Fireball. The numbers drawn – 523 Fireball 6. How much did I win? $105
I play 623 – $1.00 ANY – and buy Fireball. The numbers drawn – 523 Fireball 6. How much did I win? $30
In each of the above 3 examples, I lost the base game because the number I played was not drawn.
I play 623 – $1.00 ANY – and buy Fireball. The numbers drawn – 623 Fireball 6. How much did I win? $110
In this example, I won both the base game and the Fireball game.
Double digit and triple digit plays and payouts are unique and low.
Let’s pretend we played 1-1-1 and we played Fireball – $1 Exact and $1 Fireball. Now let’s pretend 1-1-1 Fireball 1 was drawn. As you can see, the “1” fits in all three positions. We won the base game prize of $500 then we won the Fireball game which ONLY pays $540 making our total win $1040.
The Fireball prize amounts are shown in the game rule. They are considerably lower than the base game prizes.
Pick3 & Daily 4 Rule, Click here
( This was the draft rule but they
adopted it as it was written )
The first 6 days of play, sales and payouts were less than desirable.
Pick3 Fireball Sales and Payouts, Click here
Daily 4 Fireball Sales and Payouts, Click here
A word to the wise . Don’t pay $5 for one exact number on one single ticket .
buy separate $1 Pick3 tickets .
I want to take this opportunity to tell ya’ll AGAIN what you should NEVER buy when playing Pick3. NEVER pick $5 on your Pick 3 playslip – buy separate $1 tickets. The reason is simple – if you win and spend $5 on one ticket – then you would have to go to a Claim Center to collect and you’ll receive a W2-G.
But if you buy separate $1 tickets, then you can collect your winnings at the retail level and won’t have to pay taxes on your winnings.
Because MANY store clerks don’t know how to do separate Pick 3 and Daily 4 tickets for players, here are the instructions for using the lottery terminals to produce separate tickets with the same numbers on them: Tell the clerk .
1) “Select Pick3”
2) Type in your Pick 3 number
3) The machine defaults to EXACT so if you want
ANY, then select ANY or EXACT/ANY
4) Chose the bet amount you want – $1 or 50 cents;
5) Select how many tickets you want to buy
6) Answer YES or NO to Sum it Up or Fireball
7) Confirm the cost of your purchase
8) Press send and you tickets should start printing
IF the clerk can’t or won’t do it, go somewhere else. Then call the TLC to complain. Tell them that “so & so” couldn’t sell you separate tickets due to lack of training on the lottery terminal. I had a problem last week and still need to get my letter to the TLC about lack of training though it was not about separate Pick3 tickets.
It is really sad that so many clerks don’t care about the lottery and don’t care to learn the capabilities of their terminals. Many don’t even know how to check their mail! Anyway, this is not my story for today.
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Play Pick 3 four times a day! Pick 3 is a daily game offering a 50-cent play, six days a week (four times a day) and a top prize of $500 (on a $1 play).
It’s easy to play. Just pick three single-digit numbers from “0” to “9”, choose how you want to play them, the number of drawings you want to play and the time of day you want to play.
Get more chances to win with FIREBALL! When you play FIREBALL, you can replace any one of the three drawn Pick 3 winning numbers with the Pick 3 FIREBALL number to create FIREBALL prize winning combinations. If your selected numbers match any of the FIREBALL prize winning combinations, win a prize!
Pick 3 drawings are held four times a day (Monday-Saturday) at 10:00 a.m., 12:27 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:12 p.m. CT. Ticket sales are not available during Draw Break, from 9:50 вЂ“ 10:03 a.m., 12:17 вЂ“ 12:30 p.m., 5:50 вЂ“ 6:03 p.m. and 10:02 – 10:15 p.m. CT.
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How to Play
First, pick three single-digit numbers from “0” to “9” or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box and your numbers will be selected for you.
Second, select how you want to play your three single-digit numbers (Exact Order, Any Order, Exact/Any Order, Combo).
- Exact Order – You win if your numbers match the winning numbers in the exact order they are drawn.
- Any Order – You win if your numbers match the winning numbers in any order.
- Exact/Any – For a little extra money you can play both Exact Order and Any Order. You win if you match the winning numbers in Exact Order or in Any Order.
- Combo – Simply a convenient way to play all possible Exact Order combinations on one ticket.
Third, choose your play amount.
Fourth, choose the number of drawings you want to play with Multi-Draw. You can play your Pick 3 numbers for up to 24 consecutive drawings. To play consecutive morning, day, evening and night drawings, just select the desired number of drawings. You can also play your Pick 3 numbers for up to 24 consecutive drawings for a particular draw time. To play only morning, only day, only evening or only night drawings, mark the desired draw time (MORNING, DAY, EVENING or NIGHT) and select the desired number of drawings.
Fifth, FIREBALL! The Texas Lottery will draw one Pick 3 FIREBALL number from 0 to 9 after every Pick 3 drawing. When you play FIREBALL, you can replace any one of the three drawn Pick 3 winning numbers with the Pick 3 FIREBALL number to create FIREBALL prize winning combinations. If your selected numbers match any of the FIREBALL prize winning combinations, win a prize! To add the FIREBALL feature to your play, mark the “YES” box. Adding FIREBALL doubles the cost of each Pick 3 board played.
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