North Carolina Lottery Pick 4 General Information and Links
How to Play North Carolina Pick 4 Lottery
From a North Carolina Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays NC Lottery) get
a Pick 4 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas, marked Play A through Play E. Each play area represents
a different Pick 4 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only the first panel, Play 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 columns 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 - Exact, Any, 50/50, or Combo.
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 Pick 4 playslip here.
Play Types and How You Win the North Carolina Pick 4 Lottery
There are four ways you can play and win the North Carolina Pick 4 game - two basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types.
These types together with how much is paid for a winning North Carolina Pick 4 game type are listed below.
The basic Pick 4 play types are:
Exact Order: You win by matching the winning Pick 4 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the
8142 as in Exact Order, 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 North Carolina Pick 4 Exact Order game is $5,000 for a $1 game and $2,500 for a 50¢ game.
Any Order: You win by matching the numbers in any order. For example, if you play 8142 as Any Order, 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 like 8144.
The prize of North Carolina Pick 4 Any Order 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 and pays $200 for a $1 game and $100 for a 50¢ game. If one of the digits is
double, like 8182, then it is called a 12-way and pays $400 for a $1 game and $200 for a 50¢ game. If two digits
are doubled, like 8118, then it is called a 6-way and pays $800 for a $1 game and $400 for a 50¢ game. If one of
the digits is tripled, like 8188, then it is called a 4-way and pays $1200 for a $1 game and $600 for a 50¢
game. There is no Any Order play for numbers with all four identical digits such as 8888. These Pick 4 numbers can only be played in Exact Order.
And the shortcut play types are:
50/50 (Exact/Any): is simply a combination of a 50¢ Exact Order play and a 50¢ Any Order play. This play type is designed
to save you time; it is a shortcut of playing one game of Exact Order and another game of Any Order of the same number. That is, instead of
filling one panel for 50¢ Exact Order and another panel for 50¢ Any Order, of the same number, you might as well fill out just one
panel and mark it as 50/50. Note that the minimum amount for a 50/50 game is $1.
The prize of a 50/50 play is the sum of a 50¢ Exact Order game and a 50¢ Any Order game. For example, if you play 8142
as 50/50, and if the winning number is 8142, then you'll win $2600 ($2500 for the Exact part + $100 for the Any Order part).
If the winning number is 8124, you'll win only $100 for the Any Order part since you did not match it exactly. How much do you win with
50/50 of the number
Combo: This is the same as playing in Exact Order all possible combination of the selected number. For example, if you want to win
$5000 on the number 8188 in any way it is drawn, then you have to play in Exact Order 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.).
Prizes and Odds of North Carolina Lottery Pick 4
How much does North Carolina Pick 4 pay for Exact or Any Order? The following is a summary of winner prize payouts and the odds of winning.
|Play Type||Odds||Prize (for $1 bet)|
|Exact Order||1 in 10,000||$5,000|
|4-way Any Order||1 in 2,500||$1,198|
|6-way Any Order||1 in 1,667||$800|
|12-way Any Order||1 in 833||$400|
|24-way Any Order||1 in 417||$200|
Note that a 24-way Any Order is a number with four non-identical digits; a 12-way has one of the digits repeated; a 6-way
has two of the digits doubled; a 4-way has one digits and three identical digits.
For North Carolina Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see North Carolina Lottery general info page.
Links to some Pick 4 pages of the North Carolina Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the North Carolina Pick 4, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the North Carolina Lottery official web site.
North Carolina 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 North Carolina Pick 4 pages of this
web site are listed below.