District of Columbia Lottery DC-3 General Information and Links
How to Play District of Columbia DC-3 Lottery
From a District of Columbia Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays DC Lottery) get
a DC-3 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas, marked Board A through Board E. Each play area represents
a different DC-3 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only the Board A panel; if you want to play 15 numbers,
then get three playslips and fill all the Boards, A to E of all of them.
Each DC-3 play panel (Board) contains three colums of the digits 0 to 9. Mark the first digit of your number on the first column,
the second digit on the second column, and the third digit on the third column. So, if you want to play the number 427, then
4 will be marked in the first column, 2 in the second column, and 7 in the third column. Next select and mark the amount (50 cents
or $1), then select the type of play - Straight, Box, Straight/Box, or Combo.
If you are playing Front Pair, mark only the first two coluns of the digits and leave the last one blank, then mark "Front Pair".
If you are playing Back Pair, mark only the last two coluns of the digits and leave the first one blank, then mark "Back Pair".
The numbers you are playing are valid only for the next draw. If you want to specify either the day or evining draw, or both, you
can do so by marking the 'DAY', 'NIGHT' or 'BOTH' boxes. In fact, playing for both draws doubles the price.
Next, present the completed playslip to the lottery retailer to receive your printed ticket. Check your ticket immediately to
ensure that the numbers, dates, and play type match your request.
You may also look at a DC-3 playslip here.
Play Types and How You Win the District of Columbia DC-3 Lottery
There are six ways you can play and win the District of Columbia DC-3 game - four basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These types
together with how much is paid for a winning District of Columbia DC-3 number are listed below.
The basic DC-3 play types are:
Straight: You win by matching the winning DC-3 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the DC-3 number 427 as
straight, you'll win only if the winning number is exactly 427; you don't win anything if the winning number is 247 or 426.
The prize of District of Columbia DC-3 Straight game is $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50 cents game.
Box: You win by matching the winning DC-3 number in any order. For example, if you play 427 as box, you'll win if the
DC-3 winning number contains the three digits 2, 4, and 7 in any order, such as 247 or 742; but not if any one is missing like 426.
The prize of District of Columbia DC-3 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 $80 for a $1 game and $40 for a 50 cents game. If one of the digits is double, like 118, then
it is called a 3-way box and pays $160 for a $1 game and $80 for a 50-cents game. There is no box play for numbers with all three
identical digits such as 777. These DC-3 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.
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 $290 ($250 for the Straight part + $40 for the Box part). If
the winning number is 247, you'll win only $40 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 District of Columbia Lottery
How much does DC-3 pay for Straight or Box? The following is a summary of winner prize payouts and the odds of winning.
|Play Type||Odds||Prize (for $1 bet)|
|Straight||1 in 1,000||$500|
|3-way Box||1 in 333||$160|
|6-way Box||1 in 167||$80|
|Pair (Front or Back)||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 42X and back pair X27, which means that X can be any digit.
For District of Columbia Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see District of Columbia Lottery general info page.
Links to some DC-3 pages of the District of Columbia Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the District of Columbia DC-3, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the District of Columbia Lottery official web site.
District of Columbia DC-3 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 District of Columbia DC-3 pages of this
web site are listed below.