Pennsylvania Lottery  Big 4 general info - how to play, how to win, odds and prizes, links to Big 4 resources.

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Pennsylvania Lottery Big 4 General Information and Links

The Pennsylvania Big 4 lottery is a 4-digit game with two ways to play, which makes it one of the 4-dgit lottery games in th US with the lowest number of choices of playing methods. You can play the Big 4 game for as low as 50¢.

Pennsylvania Big 4 drawing schedule: Big 4 drawings are held twice a day, day draw and evening draw. Day drawings are held at approximately 1:35 p.m. everyday, and evening drawings are held at approximately 7 p.m daily.

Pennsylvania Big 4 drawing method: Mid-day drawings of Big 4 are held by a Random Number Generator (RNG), consisting of secure computerized system. Evening drawings are televised live on TV stations listed here.

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How to Play Pennsylvania Big 4 Lottery

From a Pennsylvania Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays PA Lottery) get a Big 4 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas. Each play area represents a different Big 4 play.

Each play area 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 - Straight or Box.

The numbers you are playing are valid only for the next draw. You may specify either the day or evining draw, or both. In fact, playing 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 Daily Number playslip here.

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Play Types and How You Win the Pennsylvania Big 4 Lottery

There are three ways you can play and win the Pennsylvania Big 4 game - two basic types and one shortcut of the basic types. These types together with how much is paid for a winning Pennsylvania Big 4 game type are listed below.

The basic Big 4 play types are:

  1. Straight: You win by matching the winning Big 4 number in the exact order drawn. For example, if you play the 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 Pennsylvania Big 4 Straight game is $5,000 for a $1 game and $2,500 for a 50¢ game.

  2. Box: You win by matching the numbers in any order. For example, if you play 8142 as Box, you'll win if the Big 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 Pennsylvania Big 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 $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 box 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 box 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 box and pays $1200 for a $1 game and $600 for a 50¢ game.
    • There is no Box play for numbers with all four identical digits such as 8888. These Big 4 numbers can only be played Straight.

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Prizes and Odds of Pennsylvania Lottery Big 4

How much does Pennsylvania Big 4 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 10,000$5,000
4-way Box1 in 2,500$1,200
6-way Box1 in 1,667$800
12-way Box1 in 833$400
24-way Box1 in 417$200

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 Pennsylvania Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see Pennsylvania Lottery general info page.



Links to some Big 4 pages of the Pennsylvania Lottery Official Web Site

Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Pennsylvania Big 4, we recommend that you also look at the following pages at the Pennsylvania Lottery official web site.



Pennsylvania Big 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 Pennsylvania Big 4 pages of this web site are listed below.

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