District of Columbia Lottery DC-4 General Information and Links
How to Play District of Columbia DC-4 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-4 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas, marked Board A through Board E. Each play area represents
a different DC-4 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only the Board A panel; if you want to play 10 numbers,
then get two playslips and fill all the panels, A to E of both of them.
Each play panel contains four 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, the third digit on the third column, and the fourth digit on the fourth column. So, if you want to play
8142, then 8 will be marked in the first column, 1 in the second column, 4 in the third column, and 2 in the fourth column. Next
select and mark the amount (50 cents or $1), then select the type of play - Straight or Box.
The other 2 play types need only partial selection of numbers. For "Front Three", you need to mark only the first three columns, and for
"Back Three", you need to mark only the last three columns.
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-4 playslip here.
Play Types and How You Win the District of Columbia DC-4 Lottery
There are four ways you can play the District of Columbia DC-4 game. These types together with how much is paid for a winning
District of Columbia DC-4 number are listed below.
Straight: You win by matching the winning DC-4 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the DC-4 number 8142 as
straight, you'll win only if the winning number is exactly 8142; you don't win anything if the winning number is 8412 or 8144.
The prize of District of Columbia DC-4 Straight game is $5,000 for a $1 game and $2,500 for a 50 cents game.
Box: You win by matching the numbers in any order. For example, if you play 8142 as box, you'll win if the
DC-4 winning number contains the four digits 1, 2, 4, and 8 in any order, such as 2148 or 4218; but not if any one is missing like 8144.
The prize of District of Columbia DC-4 box play depends on whether the digits are repeated or not. A number such as 8142, where none of the digits repeats
is called a 24-way box and pays $200 for a $1 game and $100 for a 50 cents game. If one of the digits is double, like 8182, then
it is called a 12-way box and pays $400 for a $1 game and $200 for a 50-cents game. If two digits are doubled, like 8118, then
it is called a 6-way box and pays $800 for a $1 game and $400 for a 50-cents game. If one of the digits is tripled, like 8188, then
it is called a 4-way box and pays $1200 for a $1 game and $599.50 for a 50-cents game. There is no box play for numbers with all four
identical digits such as 8888. These DC-4 numbers can only be played straight.
Front Three: Select only the first three digits to win $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50-cents game. For example, if
you play the front three 814 (i.e., 814X), you'll win as long as the first three digits of the winning number are 814 in exact order.
So, you'll win with 8140, 8141, etc., but not with 0814 or 8410.
Back Three: Select only the last three digits to win $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50-cents game. For example, if
you play the back three 142 (i.e., X142), you'll win as long as the last three digits of the winning number are 142 in exact order.
So, you'll win with 0142, 1142, etc., but not with 1420 or 0124.
Odds and Prizes of District of Columbia DC-4
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 10,000||$5,000|
|4-way Box||1 in 2,500||$1,200|
|6-way Box||1 in 1,667||$800|
|12-way Box||1 in 833||$400|
|24-way Box||1 in 417||$200|
|Front or Back Three||1 in 1,000||$500|
Note that a 24-way Box is a number with four non-identical digits; a 12-way Box has one of the digits repeated; a 6-way Box
has two of the digits doubled; a 4-way Box has one digits and three identical digits.
For DC Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see DC Lottery general info page.
Links to some DC-4 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-4, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the District of Columbia Lottery official web site.
District of Columbia DC-4 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-4 pages of this
web site are listed below.