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How to play Pick 3

What is Pick 3?

Pick 3
is a three-digit number game from the South Carolina Education Lottery.  Pick 3 drawings are held every evening at 6:59 and aired live on local television stations.  Midday drawings are not televised and are held Monday through Saturday afternoons at 12:59.  No midday drawings are held on Sundays or on Christmas Day.  Pick 3 has six different play types providing numerous ways to win.  Players have the option of choosing to play a straight ticket to match numbers in the exact order drawn or to play a box ticket to match numbers drawn in any order.  There is a straight/box choice to cover both possibilities.  Players have the option of purchasing a combo ticket equal to 3 or 6 straight plays. Starting in January 2011, Front Pair and Back Pair play types become available.

1.  A Pick 3 play slip may be obtained at any South Carolina Education Lottery online retailer.  ONLY use a pencil or a pen with blue or black ink to fill out a play slip.  Red ink will NOT be accepted.  Do NOT make stray marks on the play slip as the lottery terminal may read the marks as numbers or play options.  DO NOT ERASE a mistake in your number selections.  Instead, mark the "VOID" box at the bottom of the play area and move on to the next play area.

2.  There are five different play areas on a single play slip, marked "PLAY A" through "PLAY E."  Each play area represents a DIFFERENT Pick 3 play.  All selected numbers for a single play should be in the same play area.  Players may purchase up to five plays per play slip.

3.  Mark a two digit number from *00 to 99* or a three-digit number from 000 to 999.  Make a heavy vertical mark in the appropriate boxes in each play area.  Or, to have any or all of your plays selected at random by the lottery terminal, mark the “QUICK PICK” box at the bottom of the play area.

pick 3 playslip
4.  Select the play amount of either 50¢ or $1.  This option is available for straight, box or pairs play ONLY and will default to $1 if not marked otherwise.  Combo tickets range in price:  a 3-way combo is $1.50 or $3 and a 6‑way combo is $3 or $6.

5.  Mark the play TYPEIF NO TYPE IS SPECIFIED, THE TYPE WILL DEFAULT TO A STRAIGHT PLAY.

STR = Straight Play:  Match winning numbers in exact order drawn.

STRAIGHT PLAY:
To win, the number you pick has to match the number we draw in exactly the same order.

Example Straight Play: (Numbers you pick must be exact match)
YOU PICK: 426 YOU WIN IF WE DRAW: 426

BOX = Box Play:  Match winning numbers drawn in any order.

BOXED PLAY:
To win, your number has to match the number we draw, but the three digits can be in any order. There are two kinds of box plays:

*3-WAY BOX:
Pick a number with two digits that are the same and one that's different.  It's called a 3-way box because there are three possible winning combinations.


Example 3-Way Box Play: (Numbers you pick may be drawn in any order)
YOU PICK: 122 YOU WIN IF WE DRAW:
122, 212, 221
*6-WAY BOX:
Pick a number with three different digits and you'll have six possible winning combinations.

Example 6-Way Box Play: (Numbers you pick may be drawn in any order)
YOU PICK: 123 YOU WIN IF WE DRAW:
123, 132, 213, 231, 312, 321

STR/BX = Straight/Box:  Combines a 50¢ Straight AND a 50¢ Box for a 3-digit number on a single play.  The Straight/Box play may only be played for $1 per play.

COMBO = Combination:  Equal to 3 or 6 Straight plays for 50¢ or $1. Win $250 or $500 if you match winning numbers drawn in any order in a single play.

PAIRS: Pick two numbers and specify their location, either the front two numbers or the back two numbers. A player with a pair selection ticket cannot use the pair ticket to collect on any other type.

FRONT PAIR: Player wins when the front two numbers on the ticket match in exact order the first two numbers drawn.

BACK PAIR: Player wins when the back two numbers on the ticket match in exact order the last two numbers drawn.

Ways to play Examples You win if any of these
combinations are drawn.
Payout for
50¢ Play
Payout for
$1.00 Play
STRAIGHT:
Play 3 digits in exact order. 1 way to win.
123 123 $250
(Odds:1 in 1,000)
$500
(1 in 1,000)
3-WAY BOX:
Play 3 digits, 2 which are identical, in any order. 3 ways to win.
122 122 / 212 / 221 $80
(Odds:1 in 333)
$160
(Odds:1 in 333)
6-WAY BOX
Play 3 unique digits, in any order. 6 ways to win.
123 123 / 132 / 213 / 231 / 312 / 321 $40
(Odds:1 in 167)
$80
(Odds:1 in 167)
3-WAY STRAIGHT/BOX
Play straight and box with 3 digits, 2 which are identical. 3 ways to win.
122 122 / 212 / 221 No 50¢ Play If match in exact order, win $330
(Odds:1 in 1,000)
If match 3-WAY BOX only in any order, win $80 (Odds:1 in 500)
6-WAY STRAIGHT/BOX
Play straight and box with unique digits. 6 ways to win.
123 123 / 132 / 213 / 231 / 312 / 321 No 50¢ Play If match in exact order, win $290
(Odds:1 in 1,000)
If match 6-WAY BOX only in any order, win $40 (Odds:1 in 200)
3-WAY COMBO PLAY
3 straight plays with 3 digits, 2 which are identical. 3 ways to win.
122 122 / 212 / 221 $250
(Odds:1 in 333)
$500
(Odds:1 in 333)
6-WAY COMBO PLAY
6 straight plays with 3 unique digits. 6 ways to win.
123 123 / 132 / 213 / 231 / 312 / 321 $250
(Odds:1 in 167)
$500
(Odds:1 in 167)
FRONT PAIR
Play first two digits. One way to win.
12* 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129 $25
(Odds:1 in 100)
$50
(Odds:1 in 100)
BACK PAIR
Play last two digits. One way to win.
*23 023, 123, 223, 323, 423, 523, 623, 723, 823, 923 $25
(Odds:1 in 100)
$50
(Odds:1 in 100)

50¢ bets may be combined to make other plays.
Combinable plays are:
3-WAY STR/BOX, 50¢ STR + 50¢ BOX = $1
6-WAY STR/BOX, 50¢ STR + 50¢ BOX = $1
3-WAY COMBO, 50¢ for each STR bet = $1.50; $1 for each STR bet = $3
6-WAY COMBO, 50¢ for each STR bet = $3; $1 for each STR bet = $6

6.  Under the “MULTI DRAW” heading, don't forget to mark the "DAY," "EVE," or “BOTH” box to select the drawing(s) you want to play.  The midday drawing (or "DAY") is at 12:59 p.m., and the evening drawing (or "EVE") is at 6:59 p.m.  If no box is selected, then the ticket will be valid for the next drawing that occurs.  Play up to 14 draws for "DAY" or "EVE" or 28 draws for “BOTH.”  Multi draw selections will be consecutive from the draw date selected.  NOTE:  There are NO midday drawings on Sundays or on Christmas Day.

7.  ADVANCE PLAY:  indicates a draw day other than the present day (not today).  Draw Selection:  indicates the daily draw that all plays and play options (multi draw and advance play) apply.

8. Present your completed Pick 3 play slip and total play amount to the retailer, and you will receive your printed ticket selection(s). Be sure to verify that the selections on the ticket for the:  (1) numbers selected, (2) draw date(s), (3) play type, and (4) dollar amount are printed EXACTLY as the selections requested on the play slip BEFORE you leave the retail location.

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure the ticket purchased represents the numbers you selected and the drawing(s) you want to enter.  The play slip is neither a valid receipt nor proof of purchase.  The printed ticket is the ONLY valid receipt for claiming a prize.

If there is an error, have the retailer CANCEL the ticket and print another.  REFUSE to pay for a ticket that is not printed clearly or is not exactly as you want.  There are rules as to how long a player has to cancel a ticket.  In some cases the player may not be able to have a ticket canceled.

Prior to each drawing, Pick 3 sales will be temporarily suspended to allow for the drawing.  Pick 3 sales are suspended at 12:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 6:45 p.m. every night.  After making a Pick 3 purchase, a player has up to 20 minutes to cancel the sale; however, a retailer may NOT cancel a ticket sold for a given draw after sales have been suspended for that drawing.

A player must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket.

For more information on odds, drawings, winning numbers and remaining or unclaimed prizes, ask your lottery retailer, visit our website at www.sceducationlottery.com or call toll‑free 1-866-736-9819 during regular business hours.  (Except State Holidays)

Tickets, transactions, and winners are subject to SCEL rules and state law.  SCEL shall not be responsible for lost, stolen, or mutilated tickets.  For current or past winning numbers call (803) 734-IWON (4966) or check under the specific game on our website.

Gambling may be addictive.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call toll‑free 1‑877‑452‑5155.  Have Fun.  Play Smart.  Play Responsibly.

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Claiming Prizes

There are three ways to claim a prize:

1. At authorized Lottery Retailers - Any winning ticket up to and including $500.

2. By mail - Winning tickets up to and including $100,000 may be redeemed by mail. The back of the winning ticket must be signed and accompanied by an official South Carolina Education Lottery claim form. Claim forms are also available at any authorized South Carolina Education Lottery retailer. NOTE: A copy of a picture identification card (driver's license, state or military I.D., or passport) is required for all winnings over $500. Winnings over $100,000 must be claimed in person at the Columbia Claims Center.

Mailing address for winnings of $100,000 or less:
SC Education Lottery
P.O. Box 11039
Columbia, SC 29211-1039

3. At the Columbia Claims Center - Any winning ticket over $100,000 must be brought in person to the Columbia Claims Center for redemption.

  1. The risk of mailing tickets remains with the player. Registered mail is recommended.
  2. Prizes for online tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the draw date printed on the ticket.
  3. Prizes for instant tickets must be claimed within 90 days after the game ends. The official end of the different instant games will be posted at retail locations as well as on the Commission's website. (Prizes Remaining Report)

 


Disclaimer
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