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Ohio Lottery Pick 5 General Information and Links

The Ohio Pick 5 lottery is a 5-digit game with nine ways to play, which makes it one of the 5-dgit lottery games in th US with highest number of choices of playing methods. You can play Pick 5 for as low as 50¢.

Ohio Pick 5 drawing schedule: Pick 5 drawings are held twice a day, day draw and evening draw. Day drawings are held at approximately 12:29 p.m. everyday, and evening drawings are held at approximately 7:29 p.m daily.

Ohio Pick 5 drawing method: Pick 5 drawings are televised live on several TV stations listed here.

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How to Play Ohio Pick 5 Lottery

From a Ohio Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays OH Lottery) get a Pick 5 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas. Each play area represents a different Pick 5 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 5 play area contains three rows 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, the fourth digit on the fourth column, and the fifth digit on the fifth column. So, if you want to play the number 40973, then 4 will be marked in the first column, 0 in the second column, 9 in the third column, 7 in the fourth column, and 3 in the fifth column. Next select and mark the amount (50¢ or $1), then select the type of play - Straight, Box, Backup, Front 2 (F2), Back 2 (B2), Front 3 (F3), Back 3 (B3), Front 4 (F4), Back 4 (B4).

If you are playing Front or Back options, then mark only the necessary areas. For example, for Back 3, mark only the last three columns and leave the rest (first two columns) 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 '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. 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 Ohio Pick 5 Lottery

There are nine ways you can play and win the Ohio Pick 5 game - eight basic types and one shortcuts of the basic types. These types together with how much is paid for a winning Ohio Pick 5 game type are listed below.

The basic Pick 5 play types are:

  1. Straight: You win by matching the winning Pick 5 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the Pick 5 number 40973 as Straight, you'll win only if the winning number is exactly 40973; you don't win anything if the winning number is 04973 or 40873.

    The prize of Ohio Pick 5 Straight game is $50,000 for a $1 game and $25,000 for a 50¢ game.

  2. Box: You win by matching the winning Pick 5 number in any order. For example, if you play 40973 as Box, you'll win if the Pick 5 winning number contains the five digits 0, 3, 4, 7, and 9 in any order, such as 70439 or 39470; but not if any one is missing like 40873.

    The prize of Ohio Pick 5 Box play depends on whether one or more of the digits are repeated or not.

    • A number such as 40973, where none of the digits repeats is called a 120-way box and pays $417 for a $1 game and $208.50 for a 50¢ game.
    • If one of the digits is double, like 40073, then it is called a 60-way box and pays $834 for a $1 game and $417 for a 50¢ game.
    • If two digits are doubled, like 40077, then it is called a 30-way box and pays $1,668 for a $1 game and $834 for a 50¢ game.
    • If one of the digits is tripled, while the other two are non-identical, like 40070, then it is called a 20-way box and pays $2,500 for a $1 game and $1250 for a 50¢ game.
    • If digits consit of a triple and a double, like 40040, then it is called a 10-way box and pays $5,000 for a $1 game and $2,500 for a 50¢ game.
    • If one of the digits is quadrupled, like 00070, then it is called a 5-way box and pays $10,000 for a $1 game and $5,000 for a 50¢ game.
    • There is no Box play for numbers with all five identical digits such as 77777. These Pick 5 numbers can only be played as Straight.
  3. Front Pair (F2): 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., 40XXX), you'll win as long as the first two digits of the winning number are 40 in exact order. So, you'll win with 40000, 40123, etc., but not with 04000 or 10423.

  4. Back Pair (B2): 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 73 (i.e., XXX73), you'll win as long as the last two digits of the winning number are 73 in exact order. So, you'll win with 00073, 12373, etc., but not with 00037 or 73423.

  5. Front Three (F3): Select the first three digits to win $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the front three 400 (i.e., 400XX), you'll win as long as the first three digits of the winning number are 400 in exact order. So, you'll win with 40000, 40023, etc., but not with 04000 or 10400.

  6. Back Three (B3): Just select the last three digits to win $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the Back three 973 (i.e., XX973), you'll win as long as the last three digits of the winning number are 973 in exact order. So, you'll win with 00973, 12973, etc., but not with 00937 or 97323.

  7. Front Four (F4): Select the first four digits to win $5000 for a $1 game and $2500 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the front four 4000 (i.e., 4000X), you'll win as long as the first four digits of the winning number are 4000 in exact order. So, you'll win with 40000, 40003, etc., but not with 04000 or 10400.

  8. Back Four (B4): Just select the last four digits to win $5000 for a $1 game and $2500 for a 50¢ game. For example, if you play the Back three 0973 (i.e., X0973), you'll win as long as the last four digits of the winning number are 0973 in exact order. So, you'll win with 00973, 10973, etc., but not with 00937 or 30793.

And the shortcut play type is:

  1. Back-Up Play (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.

  2. 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 40973 as Back-Up, and if the winning number is 40973, then you'll win $25,208.50 ($25,000 for the Straight part + $208.50 for the Box part). If the winning number is 49037, you'll win only $208.50 for the Box part since you did not match it Straight.
    How much do you win with Back-Up of the number 40073? (Answer), 40077? (Answer), 40007? (Answer), 40004? (Answer), 40000? (Answer).

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Prizes and Odds of Ohio Lottery Pick 5

How much does Ohio Pick 5 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 100,000$50,000
5-way Box1 in 20,000$10,000
10-way Box1 in 10,000$5,000
20-way Box1 in 5,000$2,500
30-way Box1 in 3,333$1,668
60-way Box1 in 1,667$834
120-way Box1 in 833$417
Front or Back Four1 in 10,000$5,000
Front or Back Three1 in 1,000$500
Front or Back Pair1 in 100$50

Note that a 120-way Box is a number with five non-identical digits, a 60-way Box has one of the digits doubled, a 30-way Box has two of the digits doubled, a 20-way Box has one of the digits tripled (the other two non-identical), a 10-way Box has one of the digits tripled and the other doubled, a 5-way Box has one of the digits quadrupled. Front/Back Pairs, Front/Back Three and Front/Back Four are printed on your ticket with X representing "any", e.g. front pair 40XXX and back three XXX09, 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.

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Links to some Pick 5 pages of the Ohio Lottery Official Web Site

Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Ohio Pick 5, we recommend that you also look at the following pages at the Ohio Lottery official web site.



Ohio Pick 5 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 5 pages of this web site are listed below.

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- Boxes Analysis
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Pick 5
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- Yearly Calendar
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Rolling Cash 5
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- Triads Analysis
- Check Combinations
- Full Wheel
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- Abbreviated Wheel
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Mega Millions
- Mega Millions Game
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- Pairs Analysis
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- Full Wheel
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Powerball
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- Pairs Analysis
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