Virginia Lottery Pick 3 General Information and Links
How to Play Virginia Pick 3 Lottery
From a Virginia Lottery retailer (a gas station, a convenience store, a food store, etc. which plays VA Lottery) get
a Pick 3 playslip. A playslip contains five different play areas, marked Play A through Play E. Each play area
represents a different Pick 3 play. If you want to play only one number, fill out only the Play A; if you want to play 15
numbers, then get three playslips and fill all the Plays, A to E of all of them.
Each Pick 3 play panel contains three 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, and the third digit on the third column. So, if you want to play the number 409, then
4 will be marked in the first column, 0 in the second column, and 9 in the third column. Next select and mark the amount
(50¢ or $1), then select the type of play - Exact Order, Any Order, 50/50, or Combo.
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', 'Night' 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. If there is an error, have the retailer CANCEL the ticket and print another.
You may also look at a Pick 3 playslip here.
Play Types and How You Win the Virginia Pick 3 Lottery
There are seven ways you can play and win the Virginia Pick 3 game - five basic types and two shortcuts of the basic types. These
types together with how much is paid for a winning Virginia Pick 3 game type are listed below.
The basic Pick 3 play types are:
Exact Order: 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 Exact Order, you'll win only if the winning number is exactly 409; you don't win anything if the
winning number is 049 or 408.
The prize of Virginia Pick 3 Exact Order game is $500 for a $1 game and $250 for a 50¢ game.
Any Order: You win by matching the winning Pick 3 number in any order drawn. For example, if you play 409 as
Any Order, 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 Virginia Pick 3 Any Order 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 Any Order and pays $80 for a $1 game and $40
for a 50¢ game.
- If one of the digits is double, like 007, then it is called a 3-way Any Order and pays $160 for a $1 game and $80 for a
- There is no Any Order play for numbers with all three identical digits such as 777. These Pick 3 numbers can only be played as Exact Order.
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:
50/50 (Exact/Any): is simply a combination of a 50-cent Exact Order play and a 50-cent Any Order play. This play type is
designed simply 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 you can play 50/50 game for $1 only.
The prize of an 50/50 play is the sum of a 50¢ Exact Order game and a 50¢ Any Order game. For example, if you
play 409 as 50/50, and if the winning number is 409, then you'll win $290 ($250 for the Exact part + $40 for the Any Order
part). If the winning number is 490, you'll win only $40 for the Any Order part since you did not match it in exact order. How
much do you win with 50/50 of the number 007? (Answer)
Combo: This is the same as playing in Exact Order 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 Combo for $1;
you'll still pay $6. A $1 combo play of double numbers such as 007 costs $3 since there are only 3 possible combinations
(007, 070, 700).
Prizes and Odds of Virginia Lottery Pick 3
How much does Virginia 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)|
|Exact Order||1 in 1,000||$500|
|3-way Any Order||1 in 333||$160|
|6-way Any Order||1 in 167||$80|
|Pair (Front, Back, or Split)||1 in 100||$50|
Note that a 6-way Any Order is a number with three non-identical digits, a 3-way Any Order 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 Virginia Lottery general rules and how to claim prizes, please see Virginia Lottery general info page.
Links to some Pick 3 pages of the Virginia Lottery Official Web Site
Although we have tried to cover all the pertinent information of the Virginia Pick 3, we recommend that you also look at the
following pages at the Virginia Lottery official web site.
Virginia 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 Virginia Pick 3 pages of this
web site are listed below.