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How to play Pick 4

What is Pick 4?

Pick 4 is a four-digit game from the South Carolina Education Lottery with four 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 4, 6, 12, or 24 straight playsPick 4 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.

1. A Pick 4 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 4 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 four-digit number from 0000 to 9999.  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 to the right of the play area.

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  • Mark the "DAY" (12:59 p.m.), "EVE" (6:59 p.m.), or "BOTH" box to select the drawing(s). 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."
  • Mark the "ADVANCE PLAY" box to play on a future day other than today.
  • Select a four-digit number (0000-9999) from the play area (PLAY A - PLAY E).
  • Choose a "TYPE" from the list of four Play Types.
  • Choose QUICK PICK to have the terminal generate random numbers.
  • Select the play amount of either 50¢ or $1.
If you make an error, mark the "VOID" box. DO NOT ERASE UNDER THE SELECTED PLAY.

4.  Select the play amount of either 50¢ or $1. Combo tickets range in price:  a 4-way combo is $2 or $4; 6-way combo is $3 or $6; 12-way combo is $6 or $12; and 24-way combo is $12 or $24.

5.  Mark the play TYPE

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

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

STR/BX = Straight/Box:  Combines a 50¢ Straight AND a 50¢ Box for a 4-digit number on a single play.  The Straight/Box play type may only be played for $1 per play.

COMBO = Combination:  Equal to 4, 6, 12, or 24 Straight plays for 50¢ or $1. Win $2,500 or $5,000 if you match winning numbers drawn in any order in a single play.

Straight 1 in 10,000 $0.50
4-Way Box 1 in 2,500 $0.50
6-Way Box 1 in 1,667 $0.50
12-Way Box 1 in 833 $0.50
24-Way Box 1 in 417 $0.50
Straight/Box 4-Way 1 in 2,500 $1.00 exact order $3,100
if match box 4-way only in any order, win $600
Straight/Box 6-Way 1 in 1,667 $1.00 exact order $2,900
if match box 6-way only in any order, win $400
Straight/Box 12-Way 1 in 833 $1.00 exact order $2,700
if match box 12-way only in any order, win $200
Straight/Box 24-Way 1 in 417 $1.00 exact order $2,600
if match box 24-way only in any order, win $100
4-Way Combo Play 1 in 2,500 $2.00
6-Way Combo Play 1 in 1,667 $3.00
12-Way Combo Play 1 in 833 $6.00
24-Way Combo Play 1 in 417 $12.00

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 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 completed play slip and total play amount to any online retailer, and you will receive your printed ticket selection(s).  Always CHECK your ticket(s) immediately to ensure that the:  (1) numbers selected, (2) draw date(s), (3) play type, and (4) dollar amount are printed EXACTLY as requested.

YOU are responsible for the accuracy of your ticket(s). 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 4 sales will be temporarily suspended to allow for the drawing.  Pick 4 sales are suspended at 12:45 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 6:45 p.m. every night.  After making a Pick 4 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 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. Lottery retailers can award up to $500 in cash, store check, money order or a combination thereof.

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 Lottery's website. (Prizes Remaining Report)


SCEL has been careful to ensure that this website posts only the official winning numbers. However, SCEL is aware of the possibility of human error in posting the winning numbers to this site. In the case of any discrepancy between the numbers posted on this site and the official winning numbers, the prevailing numbers will be those that have been certified by the SCEL Lottery draw manager and a representative from the independent certified public accounting firm who witnessed the drawings. The winning numbers are then entered into the central gaming system.


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