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Kentucky Lottery Pick 3 General Information and Links

The Kentucky Pick 3 lottery is a 3-digit game with seven ways to play, which makes it one of the 3-dgit lottery games in th US with highest number of choices of playing methods. You can play Pick 3 for as low as 50¢.

Kentucky Pick 3 drawing schedule: Pick 3 drawings are held twice a day, day draw and evening draw. Day drawings are held at approximately 1:25 p.m. everyday except Sunday, and evening drawings are held at approximately 11 p.m daily.

Kentucky Pick 3 drawing method: Click here for Live stream of Kentucky Lottery draws.

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How to Play Kentucky Pick 3 Lottery

From a Kentucky Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays KY Lottery) get a Pick 3 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas. Each play area represents a different Pick 3 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only the first play area; if you want to play 15 numbers, then get three playslips and fill all the play areas of all of them.

Each Pick 3 play area 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 409, then 4 will be marked in the first column, 0 in the second column, and 9 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 Super Straight.

If you are playing Front Pair, mark only the first two columns of the digits and leave the last one blank, then mark "Front Pair". If you are playing Back Pair, mark only the last two columns of the digits and leave the first one blank, then mark "Back Pair". If you are playing Split Pair, mark only the first and the last columns of the digits and leave the middle one blank, then mark "Split 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', '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. The retailer can cancel the ticket within a few minutes after it prints. However, a retailer cannot cancel a ticket sold for a given draw after sales have been suspended for that drawing.

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Play Types and How You Win the Kentucky Pick 3 Lottery

There are seven ways you can play and win the Kentucky Pick 3 game - five basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These types together with how much is paid for a winning Kentucky Pick 3 game type are listed below. We have to mention here that Kentucky Pick 3 has the highest prizes in the US.

The basic Pick 3 play types are:

  1. Straight: You win by matching the winning Pick 3 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the Pick 3 number 409 as Straight, you'll win only if the winning number is exactly 409; you don't win anything if the winning number is 049 or 408.

    The prize of Kentucky Pick 3 Straight game is $600 for a $1 game and $300 for a 50 cents game.

  2. Box: You win by matching the winning Pick 3 number in any order. For example, if you play 409 as Box, you'll win if the Pick 3 winning number contains the three digits 0, 4, and 9 in any order, such as 049 or 940; but not if any one is missing like 408.

    The prize of Kentucky Pick 3 Box play depends on whether one of the digits is repeated or not. A number such as 409, where none of the digits repeats is called a 6-way box and pays $100 for a $1 game and $50 for a 50¢ game. If one of the digits is double, like 007, then it is called a 3-way box and pays $200 for a $1 game and $100 for a 50¢ game. There is no Box play for numbers with all three identical digits such as 777. These Pick 3 numbers can only be played straight.

  3. Front Pair: Just select the first two digits to win $60 for a $1 game and $30 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the front pair 40 (i.e., 40X), you'll win as long as the first two digits of the winning number are 40 in exact order. So, you'll win with 400, 401, etc., but not with 940 or 049.

  4. Back Pair: Just select the last two digits to win $60 for a $1 game and $30 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the back pair 09 (i.e., X09), you'll win as long as the last two digits of the winning number are 09 in exact order. So, you'll win with 009, 109, etc., but not with 490 or 094.

  5. Split Pair: Just select the first and the last digits to win $60 for a $1 game and $30 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the split pair 49 (i.e., 4X9), you'll win as long as the first and last digits of the winning number are 4 and 9 in exact order. So, you'll win with 409, 499, etc., but not with 490 or 049.

And the shortcut play types are:

  1. Straight/Box: is simply a combination of a 50¢ Straight play and a 50¢ 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¢ Straight and another panel for 50¢ 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¢ Straight game and a 50¢ Box game. For example, if you play 409 as Straight/Box, and if the winning number is 409, then you'll win $350 ($300 for the Straight part + $50 for the Box part). If the winning number is 490, you'll win only $50 for the Box part since you did not match it Straight. How much do you win with Straight/Box of the number 007? (Answer)

  3. Super Straight: This is the same as playing Straight all possible combination of the selected number. For example, if you want to win $600 on the number 409 in any order, then you have to play all the possible combinations, namely, 049, 940, 094, 409, 490, and 904, at a price of $6 ($1 for each). The shortcut is simply to fill out 409 and mark Super Straight for $1; you'll still pay $6. A $1 Super Straight play of double numbers such as 007 costs $3 since there are only 3 possible combinations(007, 070, 700). Super Straight is refeed to as Combo in many other states.

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Prizes and Odds of Kentucky Lottery Pick 3

How much does Kentucky Pick 3 pay for Straight or Box? The following is a summary of winner prize payouts and the odds of winning.

Play TypeOddsPrize (for $1 bet)
Straight1 in 1,000$600
3-way Box1 in 333$200
6-way Box1 in 167$100
Pair (Front, Back, or Split)1 in 100$60

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

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Links to some Pick 3 pages of the Kentucky Lottery Official Web Site

Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Kentucky Pick 3, we recommend that you also look at the following pages at the Kentucky Lottery official web site.



Kentucky Pick 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 Kentucky Pick 3 pages of this web site are listed below.

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Kentucky lottery Games Data and Analysis Menu
Pick 3
- Pick 3 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Triples
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Pick 4
- Pick 4 Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Boxes(Combos)
- Quadruplets
- Digits Analysis
- Straights Analysis
- Boxes Analysis
- Pairs
- Sums
- Combinations Generator
- Game Info
Cash Ball
- Cash Ball Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Kicker
- Kicker Game
- Winning Numbers
- Yearly Calendar
Mega Millions
- Mega Millions Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Decades of Dollars
- Decades of Dollars Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info
Powerball
- Powerball Game
- Winning Numbers
- Number Search
- Yearly Calendar
- Numbers Analysis
- Pairs Analysis
- Number-Ball Pair Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
- Abbreviated Wheel
- Game Info

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