Minnesota Lottery Daily 3 General Information and Links
How to Play Minnesota Daily 3 Lottery
First off, walk into any retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays Minnesota Lottery) and
grab a Daily 3 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 Daily 3 lottery
ticket. Keep your ticket at a safe place.
Play Types and How You Win the Minnesota Daily 3 Lottery
There are six ways you can play the Minnesota Daily 3 game - five basic types and one shortcut of the basic. These types
together with how much is paid for a winning Minnesota Daily 3 number are listed below.
The basic Daily 3 play types are:
Straight: You win by matching numbers in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the Daily 3 number 287 as
straight, you'll win only if the winning number is 287; you don't win anything if the winning number is 278 or 286.
The prize of Minnesota Daily 3 Straight game is $500 for a $1 1-game and $250 each for a 50¢ game.
Box: You win by matching numbers in any order. For example, if you play the number 287 as Box, you'll win if the
Daily 3 winning number contains the three digits 2, 7, and 8 in any order, such as 872 or 728; but not if any one is missing like 286.
The prize of Minnesota Daily 3 Box play depends on whether one of the digits is repeated or not. A number such as 287, where
none of the digits repeats is called a 6-way box and pays $80 for a $1 game and $40 for a 50¢ game. If one of the
digits is double, like 282, then it is called a 3-way box and pays $160 for a $1 game and $80 for a 50¢ game. There is
no Box play for numbers with all three identical digits such as 666. These Daily 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 28 (i.e., 28X), you'll win as long as the first two digits of the winning number are 28 in exact order.
So, you'll win with 280, 281, etc., but not with 820 or 028.
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 87 (i.e., X87), you'll win as long as the last two digits of the winning number are 87 in exact order.
So, you'll win with 087, 187, etc., but not with 078 or 870.
First Digit: Just select only the first digits to win $5 for a $1 game and $2.50 for a 50-cents game. For example,
if you play the digit 2, you'll win as long as the first digit of the winning number is 2.
So, you'll win with 200, 299, etc., but not with 020 or 002.
And the shortcut play type is:
Straight/Box: is simply a combination of a 50¢ Straight play and a 50¢ Box play.
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 287
as Straight/Box, and if the winning number is 287, then you'll win $290 ($250 for the Straight part + $40 for the Box part). If
the winning number is 278, 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 282? (Answer)
Unlike other states, there is no Combo play type in Minnesota. If you want to win $500 on the number 287 in any arrangement of the digits,
then you have to play all the possible combinations, namely, 278, 872, 287, 728, 827, and 782, for $1 each. If Minnesota had a Combo play, it
have been sufficient to play just one panel and mark it as Combo (still paying $6).
Odds and Prizes of Minnesota Daily 3
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||$160|
|6-way Box||1 in 167||$80|
|Pair (Front or Back)||1 in 100||$50|
|First Digit||1 in 10||$5|
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 Minnesota Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see Minnesota Lottery general info page.
Links to some Daily 3 pages of the Minnesota Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Minnesota Daily 3, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the Minnesota Lottery official web site.
Minnesota Daily 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 Minnesota Daily 3 pages of this
web site are listed below.