Missouri Lottery Pick 4 General Information and Links
How to Play Missouri Pick 4 Lottery
From a Missouri Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays MO Lottery) get
a Pick 4 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas, marked Board A through Board E. Each play area
represents a different Pick 4 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only Board A; 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¢ or $1), then select the type of play - Straight, Box, Straight/Box, or Combo.
The other four play types need only partial selection of numbers. For "Front Three", you need to mark only the first three columns
of the digits, for "Back Three", you need to mark only the last three columns, for "Front Pair", you need to mark only the first
two columns of the digits, 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 'Midday', 'Evening' 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 Pick 4 playslip here.
Play Types and How You Win the Missouri Pick 4 Lottery
There are eight ways you can play the Missouri Pick 4 game - six basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These types
together with how much is paid for a winning Missouri Pick 4 number are listed below. We have to mention here that Missouri
Pick 4 has one of the highest prizes in the US.
Straight: You win by matching the winning Pick 4 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the Pick 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 Missouri Pick 4 Straight game is $6,000 for a $1 game and $3,000 for a 50¢ game.
Box: You win by matching the numbers in any order. For example, if you play 8142 as box, you'll win if the
Pick 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
The prize of Missouri Pick 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 $250 for a $1 game and $125 for a 50¢ game. If one of the digits is
double, like 8182, then it is called a 12-way box and pays $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50¢ game. If two digits
are doubled, like 8118, then it is called a 6-way box and pays $1000 for a $1 game and $500 for a 50¢ game. If one of
the digits is tripled, like 8188, then it is called a 4-way box and pays $1500 for a $1 game and $750 for a 50¢ game.
There is no box play for numbers with all four identical digits such as 8888. These Pick 4 numbers can only be played straight.
Front Three: Select only the first three digits to win $600 for a $1 game and $300 for a 50¢ 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 $600 for a $1 game and $300 for a 50¢ 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.
Front Pair: Select only 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 81 (i.e., 81XX), you'll win as long as the first two digits of the winning number are 81 in exact order.
So, you'll win with 8100, 8192, etc., but not with 0810 or 1818.
Back Pair: Select only 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 81 (i.e., XX81), you'll win as long as the last two digits of the winning number are 81 in exact order.
So, you'll win with 0081, 9881, etc., but not with 0018 or 8100.
And the shortcut play types are:
Straight/Box: is simply a combination of a 50¢ Straight play and a 50¢ 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¢ 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.
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 8142
as Straight/Box, and if the winning number is 8142, then you'll win $3125 ($3000 for the Straight part + $125 for the Box part).
If the winning number is 8124, you'll win only $125 for the Box part since you did not match it Straight. How much do you win with
Straight/Box of the number
Combo: This is the same as playing Straight all possible combinations of the selected number. For example, if you
want to win $6,000 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.).
Odds and Prizes of Missouri Pick 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||$6,000|
|4-way Box||1 in 2,500||$1,500|
|6-way Box||1 in 1,667||$1000|
|12-way Box||1 in 833||$500|
|24-way Box||1 in 417||$250|
|Front or Back Three||1 in 1,000||$600|
|Front or Back Pair||1 in 100||$60|
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 MO Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see MO Lottery general info page.
Links to some Pick 4 pages of the Missouri Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Missouri Pick 4, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the Missouri Lottery official web site.
Missouri Pick 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 Missouri Pick 4 pages of this
web site are listed below.