Ohio Lottery Pick 3 General Information and Links
How to Play Ohio Pick 3 Lottery
From a Ohio Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays OH 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 rows of the digits 0 to 9. Mark the first digit of your number on the first row,
the second digit on the second row, and the third digit on the third row. So, if you want to play the number 409, then
4 will be marked in the first row, 0 in the second row, and 9 in the third row. Next select and mark the amount (50 cents
or $1), then select the type of play - Straight, Box, Backup, or Wheel.
If you are playing Front Pair, mark only the first two rows of the digits and leave the last one blank.
If you are playing Back Pair, mark only the last two rows of the digits and leave the first one blank.
If you are playing Split Pair, mark only the first and the last rows of the digits and leave the middle one blank.
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.
Play Types and How You Win the Ohio Pick 3 Lottery
There are seven ways you can play and win the Ohio Pick 3 game - five basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These types
together with how much is paid for a winning Ohio Pick 3 game type are listed below.
The basic Pick 3 play types are:
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
The prize of Ohio Pick 3 Straight game is $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50¢ game.
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 Ohio 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 $83 for a $1 game and $41.50 for a 50¢ game. If one of the digits
is double, like 007, then it is called a 3-way box and pays $167 for a $1 game and $83.50 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.
Front Pair: Just select the first two digits to win $50 for a $1 game and $25 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.
Back Pair: Just select the last two digits to win $50 for a $1 game and $25 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.
Split Pair: Just select the first and the last digits to win $50 for a $1 game and $25 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:
Back-Up bet (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 Back-Up. Note that the minimum amount for a Back-Up game is $1.
The prize of a Back-Up play is the sum of a 50¢ Straight game and a 50¢ Box game. For example, if you play 409
as Back-Up, and if the winning number is 409, then you'll win $291.50 ($250 for the Straight part + $41.50 for the Box part). If
the winning number is 490, you'll win only $41.50 for the Box part since you did not match it Straight. How much do you win with
Straight/Box of the number 007? (Answer)
Wheel Bet (Combo): This is the same as playing Straight all possible combination of the selected number. For example,
if you want to win $500 on the number 409 in any way it is drawn, 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 Wheel Bet 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). Wheel Bet is refeed to as Combo or Combination Bet in many other states.
Prizes and Odds of Ohio Lottery Pick 3
How much does Ohio Pick 3 pay for Straight or Box? The following is a summary of winner prize payouts and the odds of winning.
|Play Type||Odds||Prize (for $1 bet)|
|Straight||1 in 1,000||$500|
|3-way Box||1 in 333||$167|
|6-way Box||1 in 167||$83|
|Pair (Front, Back, or Split)||1 in 100||$50|
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 Ohio Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see Ohio Lottery general info page.
Links to some Pick 3 pages of the Ohio Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Ohio Pick 3, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the Ohio Lottery official web site.
Ohio 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 Ohio Pick 3 pages of this
web site are listed below.