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 Pick-4 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?

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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.

Pick-4 Midday Draws

 

1. WHAT ARE PICK-4 MIDDAY DRAWS?

Now players can play their favourite daily lotto games twice each day. Starting June 5, 2012, there will be two draws per day for PICK-4. A second daily ENCORE draw will also be added for these games.

2. WHICH OLG GAMES WILL HAVE MIDDAY DRAWS?

A 2 p.m. MIDDAY draw will be added for PICK-2, PICK-3, PICK-4, DAILY KENO and ENCORE only. There is no change to the schedule of draws for any of our other lotto games.

3. WHEN WILL THE NEW DRAWS BE HELD?

The MIDDAY draws will be held shortly after 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) each day. The EVENING draws will be held shortly after 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Tickets sold before 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be valid for the MIDDAY draw, tickets sold after 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) and until 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be valid for the EVENING draw. Tickets purchased after 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be valid for the next draw.

4. HOW WILL I KNOW WHETHER MY PICK-4 TICKET IS VALID FOR A MIDDAY DRAW OR FOR AN EVENING DRAW?

The draw date and "MIDDAY" or "EVENING" will be printed on the ticket. When checking to see if they have won prizes, players should always be sure that their tickets were valid for the MIDDAY and/or the EVENING draw. Tickets sold before 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be valid for the MIDDAY draw, tickets sold after 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) and until 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be valid for the EVENING draw. Tickets purchased after 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) will be valid for the next draw.

5. HOW WILL I KNOW WHETHER MY ENCORE SELECTION IS FOR A MIDDAY OR EVENING DRAW?

The draw date and "MIDDAY" or "EVENING" will be printed on the ticket. When checking to see if they have won prizes, players should always be sure that their tickets were valid for the MIDDAY and/or the EVENING draw. ENCORE sales with a PICK-4 purchase made before 2 p.m. are valid for the MIDDAY ENCORE draw, and ENCORE sales after 2 p.m. are valid for the EVENING ENCORE draw. Check your ticket to be sure.

6. CAN I BUY A PICK-4 TICKET FOR AN EVENING DRAW BEFORE 2 p.m.?

Tickets for PICK-4 that are sold before 2 p.m. are valid for the MIDDAY draw. Advance Play is available for up to 10 consecutive draws. You can only enter the EVENING draw before 2 p.m. by purchasing an Advance Play ticket for a minimum of two draws.

7. IS ADVANCE PLAY AVAILABLE ON THE PICK-4 MIDDAY DRAW GAMES?

Yes, Advance Play is available for up to 10 consecutive draws, not days. The advance option will factor in MIDDAY and EVENING draws. (i.e., a ticket purchased for two draws will include one MIDDAY draw and one EVENING draw - or in reverse order - dependent upon what time of day the ticket was purchased).

8. IS THERE ANY CHANGE TO THE ODDS FOR PICK-4 GAMES?

There is no effect on the odds or rules for Pick-4 aside from the fact that there are now two daily draws for this game.

9. WHAT IS PICK-4 SLIPLESS PLAY?

Slipless Play is a more convenient way to play your PICK-4 selection. Slipless Play allows players to choose their numbers for PICK-4 without having to fill out a selection slip. Customers will now be able to tell their lottery retailer which numbers they want to play and the retailer can enter the numbers into the lottery terminal for them.

10. I BOUGHT A PICK-4 SLIPLESS PLAY TICKET AND THE RETAILER ENTERED THE WRONG NUMBER. CAN I CANCEL THE TICKET?

Please verify your ticket after purchase. If there is an error with your Slipless Play selection, let your retailer know right away. As with all draw lottery tickets, Slipless Play selections may be cancelled up to 30 minutes after they have been printed. Please notify your retailer immediately if you wish to cancel your ticket.

11. WHY DOES MY PICK-4 TICKET SAY MIDDAY (OR EVENING)?

There are two daily draws for PICK-4. Your ticket will always state which draw date the ticket is valid for, as well as whether it is valid for the MIDDAY (2 p.m.) or EVENING (10:30 p.m.) draw (Eastern Time).