Florida Lottery  Play 4 general info - how to play, how to win, odds and prizes, links to Play 4 resources.

# Florida Lottery Play 4 General Information and Links

 The Florida Play 4 lottery is a 4-digit game with seven ways to play, which makes it one of the 4-dgit lottery games in th US with the highest number of choices of playing methods. You can play the Play 4 game for as low as 50-cents. Florida Play 4 drawing schedule: Play 4 drawings are held twice a day, day draw and evening draw. Day drawings are held at approximately 1:30 p.m. everyday, and evening drawings are held at approximately 8 p.m daily. Florida Play 4 drawing method: Drawings for Play 4 are held at the Florida Lottery draw studio, located at 250 Marriott Drive in Tallahassee. These drawings are open to the public. On this page...

## How to Play Florida Play 4 Lottery

From a Florida Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays DC Lottery) get a Play 4 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas, marked Panel A through Panel E. Each play area represents a different Play 4 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only the Panel A 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, Box, Straight/Box, or Combo.

The other three play types need only partial selection of numbers. For "Front Pair", you need to mark only the first two columns, for "Mid Pair", you need to mark only the middle two columns, and for "Back Pair", you need to mark only the last two 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', 'EVE' 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 Play 4 playslip here.

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## Play Types and How You Win the Florida Play 4 Lottery

There are seven ways you can play and win the Florida Play 4 game - five basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These types together with how much is paid for a winning Florida Play 4 game type are listed below.

The basic Play 4 play types are:

1. Straight: You win by matching the winning Play 4 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the 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 Florida Play 4 Straight game is \$5,000 for a \$1 game and \$2,500 for a 50 cents game.

2. Box: You win by matching the numbers in any order. For example, if you play 8142 as Box, you'll win if the Play 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 Florida Play 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 \$1198 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 Play 4 numbers can only be played Straight.

3. Front Pair: Select only 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 13 (i.e., 13XX), you'll win as long as the first two digits of the winning number are 13 in exact order. So, you'll win with 1300, 1392, etc., but not with 0130 or 3113.

4. Mid Pair: Select only the middle two digits to win \$50 for a \$1 game and \$25 for a 50-cents game. For example, if you play the Mid Pair 13 (i.e., X13X), you'll win as long as the middle two digits of the winning number are 13 in exact order. So, you'll win with 0130, 1132, etc., but not with 1310 or 9913.

5. Back Pair: Select only 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 13 (i.e., XX13), you'll win as long as the last two digits of the winning number are 13 in exact order. So, you'll win with 0013, 9813, etc., but not with 0031 or 3131.

And the shortcut play types are:

1. Straight/Box: is simply a combination of a 50-cent Straight play and a 50-cent Box play. This play type is designed 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.

2. 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 8142 as Straight/Box, and if the winning number is 8142, then you'll win \$2600 (\$2500 for the Straight part + \$100 for the Box part). If the winning number is 8124, you'll win only \$100 for the Box part since you did not match it Straight. How much do you win with Straight/Box of the number 8182? (Answer), 8118? (Answer), 8188? (Answer).

3. Combo: This is the same as playing Straight all possible combination of the selected number. For example, if you want to win \$5000 on the number 8188 in any order, then you have to play Straight all the possible combinations, namely, 8188, 1888, 8818, and 8881, at a price of \$4 (\$1 for each). The shortcut is simply to fill out any one of the combinations (say, 1888) and mark Combo for \$1; you'll still pay \$4. Note that a \$1 combo play of a non-repeating-digit numbers such as 8142 costs \$24 since there are 24 possible combinations (1248, 2148, 1284, 1482, etc.).

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## Prizes and Odds of Florida Lottery Play 4

How much does Florida Play 4 pay for Straight or Box? The following is a summary winner prize payouts and the odds of winning.

Play TypeOddsPrize (for \$1 bet)
Straight1 in 10,000\$5,000
4-way Box1 in 2,500\$1,200
6-way Box1 in 1,667\$800
12-way Box1 in 833\$400
24-way Box1 in 417\$200
Pair(Front, Mid, or Back)1 in 100\$50

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 Florida Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see Florida Lottery general info page.

## Links to some Play 4 pages of the Florida Lottery Official Web Site

Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Florida Play 4, we recommend that you also look at the following pages at the Florida Lottery official web site.

## Florida Play 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 Florida Play 4 pages of this web site are listed below.

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