PICK 4 Frequently Asked Questions - O L G

PICK 4 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is PICK-4?
  2. How much does a ticket cost and how do you play?
  3. What is Straight Play and Box Play?
  4. How does Box Play work?
  5. What is the top prize and what are the odds of winning?
  6. How many sets of four numbers can I play at once?
  7. What percent of PICK-4 sales are awarded as prizes?
  8. Is there any limit on the numbers I can play?
  9. How are the numbers drawn?
  10. When did PICK-4 first go on sale in Ontario?
  11. Do I have the option of purchasing PICK-4 tickets in advance?
  12. Can I purchase ENCORE on my PICK-4 ticket?

1. What is PICK-4?

PICK-4 is a daily draw lottery game that gives players a chance to play four of their favourite numbers, ranging from 0 to 9, either by Straight Play or Box Play.

2. How much does a ticket cost and how do you play?

PICK-4 tickets cost $1 for each four number combination. Players can select any four-digit number from 0000 to 9999 by selection slip or by asking for a QUICK PICK.

3. What is Straight Play and Box Play?

Straight Play is matching all four digits in the exact order (e.g. 1234). A number with the same 4 digits (e.g. 2222) can be played only as a Straight Play. For Box Play, the digits you select determine which Box Play prize category you are eligible for (4-Way, 6-Way, 12-Way or 24-Way Box Play) Only one Box Play type will apply per draw. Box Play can be won four different ways:
4 Way Box - Match all 4 digits in any order, where 3 of the digits are the same (e.g. 1112)
6 Way Box - Match all 4 digits in any order, where two sets of digits are the same (e.g. 1122)
12 Way Box - Match all 4 digits in any order, where 2 of the digits are the same (e.g. 1123)
24 Way Box - Match all 4 digits in any order, where all 4 digits are different (eg.1234)

4. How does Box Play work?

Box Play gives players the chance to match their four favourite numbers, or QUICK PICK selections, in many ways. For example, if three of the four digits played are the same (eg.1112), the numbers can be combined in four unique ways (eg.1112, 1121, 1211, 2111) This creates a 4-Way Box Play. Similarly, a 6-Way Box Play (2 sets of digits the same e.g. 1122), combines the numbers in six unique ways, a 12-Way Box Play (2 digits the same e.g. 1123) combines the numbers in twelve unique ways and a 24 Way Box Play (4 different digits e.g. 1234) combines the numbers in 24 unique ways. The fewer the possible number of combinations, the greater the prize. Only one Box Play type applies per draw (Refer to PICK-4 Fact Sheet prize structure for more information.)

5. What is the top prize and what are the odds of winning?





Prize Structure
How To Win
Category
Prize Categories
Odds of Winning
Straight Play - match all 4 digits in the exact order
1234
$5,000
1 in 10,000
4-Way Box Play - match all 4 digits in any order, where 3 of the digits are the same. (i.e.: 1112)
1112, 1121, 1211,2111
$1,250
1 in 2,500
6-Way Box Play - match all 4 digits in any order, where two sets of digits are the same. (i.e.: 1122)
1122, 1212, 1221, 2211, 2121, 2112
$800
1 in 1,667
12-Way Box Play - match all 4 digits in any order, where 2 of the digits are the same (i.e.: 1123)
1123,1132,1213, 1231,1321,1312, 2311,2113,2131, 3211,3112,3121
$400
1 in 833
24-Way Box Play - match all 4 digits in any order, where all 4 digits are different (i.e.: 1234)
1234,1324,1423, 1243, 1342,1432, 2134,2314,2413, 2143,2341,2431, 3124,3214,3412, 3142,3241,3421, 4123,4321,4213, 4132,4231,4312
$200
1 in 417

6. How many sets of four numbers can I play at once?

You can play up to five sets of four numbers on each ticket, whether by QUICK PICK or selection slip, and can play up to 10 draws in advance.

7. What percent of PICK-4 sales are awarded as prizes?

PICK-4 is expected to pay approximately 50% of sales to players.

8. Is there any limit on the numbers I can play?

For liability purposes, there are limits to how many unique number selections can be purchased for each draw. OLG will suspend Straight Play and Box Play PICK-4 wagering for any 4-digit number that has exceeded a total potential prize liability of $1 million for any given draw. Wagering will continue to be available for all other Box Play combinations of the suspended number, provided said numbers have not individually exceeded the $1 million total liability limit for Box Play and Straight Play.

9. How are the numbers drawn?

The PICK-4 numbers are drawn by ball drop using the same Ryo Catteau ball machines that we use for PICK-3 and ENCORE. One ball machine will be loaded with one set of balls numbered from 0 to 9. After a ball is dropped and the digit recorded the ball is reloaded and another drop takes place to create the next digit of the winning number. For PICK-3 there are three ball drops. Therefore for PICK-4 there will be four separate ball drops.

10. When did PICK-4 first go on sale in Ontario?

PICK-4 tickets went on sale February 4, 2006.

11. Do I have the option of purchasing PICK-4 tickets in advance?

Yes, players can purchase up to 10 draws in a row.

12. Can I purchase ENCORE on my PICK-4 ticket?

Yes, ENCORE is available to be played with PICK- 4.