Connecticut Lottery Play3 General Information and Links
How to Play Connecticut Play3
First off, walk into any retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays Connecticut Lottery) and grab
a Play3 playslip. Mark the 3 digits of your number on the appropriate positions where the first, second, and third digits should be.
Choose and mark the play type and the amount you want to wager.
Next present your completed playslip to the retailer with the total amount due. The retailer will print out the the Play3 lottery
ticket. Keep your ticket at a safe place.
Play Types and How You Win the Connecticut Play3 Lottery
There are seven ways you can play the Connecticut Play3 game - five basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These types
together with how much is paid for a winning Connecticut Play3 number are listed below.
The basic Play3 play types are:
Straight: You win by matching numbers in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the Play3 number 427 as
straight, you'll win only if the winning number is 427; you don't win anything if the winning number is 247 or 426.
The prize of Connecticut Play3 Straight game is $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50 cents game.
Box: You win by matching numbers in any order. For example, if you play the number 427 as box, you'll win if the
Play3 winning number contains the three digits 4, 2, and 7 in any order, such as 247 or 742; but not if any one is missing like 426.
The prize of Connecticut Play3 box play depends on whether one of the digits is repeated or not.
- A number such as 427, where none of the digits repeats is called a 6-way box and pays $83 for a $1 game and $41.50 for a 50 cents game.
- If one of the digits is double, like 118, then it is called a 3-way box and pays $167 for a $1 game and $83.50 for a 50-cents game.
- There is no box play for numbers with all three identical digits such as 777. These Play3 numbers can only be played straight.
Front Pair: Just select the first two digits to win $50 for a $1 game and $25 for a 50-cents game. For example, if
you play the front pair 42 (i.e., 42X), you'll win as long as the first two digits of the winning number are 42 in exact order. So, you'll
win with 420, 421, etc., but not with 240 or 042.
Back Pair: Just select the last two digits to win $50 for a $1 game and $25 for a 50-cents game. For example, if
you play the back pair 27 (i.e., X27), you'll win as long as the last two digits of the winning number are 27 in exact order. So, you'll
win with 027, 127, etc., but not with 270 or 072.
Split Pair: Just select the first and the last digits to win $50 for a $1 game and $25 for a 50-cents game.
For example, if you play the spli pair 47 (i.e., 4X7), you'll win as long as the last first digit of the winning number is 4 and the last digit
7. So, you'll win with 407, 417, etc., but not with 472 or 247.
And the shortcut play types are:
Straight/Box: is simply a combination of a 50-cent Straight play and a 50-cent Box play. This play type is designed
simply to save you time; it is a shortcut of playing one game of straight and another game of box of the same number. That is, instead of
filling one panel for 50-cents Straight and another panel for 50-cents box, of the same number, you might as well fill out just one
panel and mark it as Straight/Box. Note that the minimum amount for a Straight/Box game is $1.
The prize of a Straight/Box play is the sum of a 50 cents Straight game and a 50-cents Box game. For example, if you play 427
as Straight/Box, and if the winning number is 427, then you'll win $291.50 ($250 for the Straight part + $41.50 for the Box part). If
the winning number is 247, you'll win only $41.50 for the box part since you did not match it Straight. How much do you win with
Straight/Box of the number 118? (Answer)
Combo: This is the same as playing Straight all possible combination of the selected number. For example, if you want to win
$500 on the number 427 in any order, then you have to play all the possible combinations, namely, 427, 247, 742, 724, 274, and 472,
at a price of $6 ($1 for each). The shortcut is simply to fill out 427 and mark Combo for $1; you'll still pay $6. A $1 combo play
of double numbers such as 118 costs $3 since there are only 3 possible combinations(118, 181, 811).
Odds and Prizes of Connecticut Play3
A summary of the odds of winning and winner prizes for the basic play types and for $1 bet:
|Play Type||Odds||Prize (for $1 bet)|
|Straight||1 in 1,000||$500|
|3-way Box||1 in 333||$167|
|6-way Box||1 in 167||$83|
|Pair (Front, Back, or Split)||1 in 100||$50|
Note that a 6-way Box is a number with three non-identical digits, a 3-way Box has one of the digits doubled. Pairs are
printed on your ticket with X representing "any", e.g. front pair 40X and back pair X09, which means that X can be any digit.
For Connecticut Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see Connecticut Lottery general info page.
Links to some Play3 pages of the Connecticut Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Connecticut Play3, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the Connecticut Lottery official web site.
Connecticut Play3 at US-Lotteries.com
The main purpose of this web site (US-Lotteries.com) is to present a well formatted latest and past results; analysis and statistics
of past winning numbers, digits, pairs, triads; search to see if your favorite numbers have ever won or have come close to winning
the jackpot; mathematical tools such as combinations generators and wheels. The complete list of all Connecticut Play3 pages of this
web site are listed below.