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The secret to winning in the pick 3 lottery game is to study the previous winners of the past. You also have to know the facts about the pick 3 game. One of the most important facts you must know for the pick 3 lotto is that certain style of numbers appear more often than other styles. And let me explain.

How do I know this? Because I own a convenience store and I have sold tens of thousands of dollars in lottery tickets on a monthly basis month after month. And what I have seen is that for the pick-3 game, there are certain styles of numbers that appear more frequently than other styles.

Let me explain in detail here?

For the pick 3 game, all you need is 3 numbers to win. For example, 552, 543, 252. About 70% of the time, it has been proven and tested that winning pick-3 numbers have been what I call ?single combos?. ?Single combos? are pick 3 lotto combinations where each of the digits is different from one another.

For example, 567 is a single combo because all the numbers in the combination 567 is different from one another. Another example of a single combo is 392. That’s because 3 and 9 and 2 are all different from each other. There is a single digit in the combination. And from my years of research in the pick 3 games, over 70% of the time, the winning pick-3 numbers happen to be single combos.

You can use this fact for your own advantage to win more in the pick 3 game. That means you want to start playing the single combos for your pick 3 numbers. Do not play the less-occurring ?double combos? (such as 662, 227, 339 where two of the digits are equal to each other). And do not play ?triple combos? (such as 777, 333, 555 where three of the digits are equal to each other).

You do not want to play the double or triple combos because it occurs less than 30% of the time. That’s why you want to play the single combos for your pick 3 numbers. When you do pick single combos, you are playing the right type of combination because that type of combination will occur more than 70% in the winning drawings.

So stay away from the double combos and stay away from the triple combos. I understand that double combos do pay you more in your winnings. However, the chances of the winners being a double combo or a triple combo are very slim. That’s why you want to avoid playing the double combos and the triple combos.

Instead, start to focus and play the ?single combos?. When you do that, you will have much more success in the pick-3 game on a consistent basis. Applying the ?single combos? can greatly improve your chances of winning more in the pick-3 game.

When you do that, you will have much more success in the pick-3 game on a consistent basis. Applying the ?single combos? can greatly improve your chances of winning more in the pick-3 game

How to Play

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Playing PICK 3™ is easy. It’s the game where you can play today and get paid today. You can win a top prize of $500 with a $1 Straight play, or increase your chances of winning with a Box, Straight/Box, Combo, Pairs or 1-OFF ® play. So many options to try! Simply select your lucky numbers and play it your way any day – twice a day. Midday and evening drawings offer two chances to play – and win!

To play, pick up a PICK 3 playslip at an authorized Florida Lottery retailer. Each playslip contains five panels (A-E). In each panel played:

1. Select one number (from 0 through 9) from each column for a total of three digits, or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box and let the terminal randomly pick some or all of your numbers. For a Front Pair play, select numbers from the first two columns only; and, for a Back Pair play, select numbers from the last two columns only.

2. Select the play type: Straight, Box, Straight/Box, 1-OFF, Combo, Front Pair, or Back Pair.

3. Select the amount you want to play: 50 cents or $1 (all Straight/Box and 1-OFF plays cost $1; Combo plays cost $1.50 to $6.00).

4. Select the draw time. Select MID for the midday drawing (1:30 p.m. ET), EVE for the evening drawing (9:45 p.m. ET) draw, or BOTH for both the midday and evening drawings. If no draw time is marked, the terminal will automatically print a ticket for the next available draw. If BOTH is selected, two separate tickets will print – one for the midday drawing and one for the evening drawing.

5. To Advance Play the same numbers and play types up to 14 consecutive days for the selected draw time(s), simply mark the number in the “Days” section on your playslip.

6. Give your completed playslip and payment to the retailer. You will receive a ticket for each set of selected numbers and draw date(s). Please check your ticket(s) before you leave the store. You are responsible for the accuracy of your ticket(s).

7. Check the official drawing results to see if you’re a winner! Draw results are available on this website, at authorized Florida Lottery retailers and by calling (850) 921-PLAY (7529). You may also watch the drawings online.

PICK 3 drawings are held twice daily, seven days per week, at 1:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. ET. Tickets for each drawing may be purchased up to 11 minutes prior to the applicable drawing – 1:19 p.m. ET for the midday drawings and 9:34 p.m. ET for the evening drawings.

Please remember: All prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the applicable draw date.
Prizes of less than $600 may be claimed at any authorized Florida Lottery retailer.

If you claim a prize on a winning Advance Play ticket before all of the drawings on the ticket have occurred, you will be issued a continuation ticket for the remaining draws with the same play numbers and play types as the original ticket.

How to Play 1-Off ®

Ever feel like you’re close, but you’ve somehow missed the mark? With 1-OFF ® you can miss by one and still win a cash prize. That’s 26 more chances to win!

To play, simply pick up a PICK 3 playslip at an authorized Florida Lottery retailer.

Select your three numbers, or QP to let the terminal randomly pick some or all of your numbers.

Mark the 1-OFF ® box on the PICK 3 playslip.

Select the draw time: MID, EVE, or BOTH.

Once you give your completed playslip and payment to the retailer, you will receive a ticket printed with your 3-digit number and the 1-OFF numbers higher or lower than your 3-digit number.

During the PICK 3 drawing, 3 numbers will be drawn at random. If your 3-digit number is a Straight match to the numbers, you win $250. Or, if any of your 1-OFF numbers match the PICK 3 numbers drawn, you can win up to $10.

PICK 3 ™ 1-OFF ® ODDS PAYOUT
Straight 1:1,000 $250
1-OFF on one digit 1:166.67 $20
1-OFF on three digits 1:125 $10
1-OFF on two digits 1:83.33 $5

Now you know how to play PICK 3 1-OFF!

Players who match all three of the winning numbers drawn in the official PICK 3™ drawing for the date played can win up to $500, depending on the play type purchased and the amount played. Front Pair or Back Pair players who match two numbers in exact order can win up to $50.

Pick 3
Odds of Winning and Estimated Prize Payouts
Play Types Example Odds Prize Payouts
STRAIGHT Match in exact order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
123 1:1,000 $250 $500
BOX Match in any order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
3-WAY 112 1:333.33 $80 $160
6-WAY 123 1:166.67 $40 $80
STRAIGHT/BOX Match in exact order or any order. Costs $1. BOX STRAIGHT*
3-WAY 112 1:1,000 & 1:333.33 $80 $330
6-WAY 123 1:1,000 & 1:166.67 $40 $290
1-OFF™ Match in exact order or off by one on any or all of your 3 digits in exact order. $1.00 Play
STRAIGHT 123 1:1,000 $250
1-OFF on one digit 124 1:166.67 $20
1-OFF on three digits 214 1:125 $10
1-OFF on two digits 134 1:83.33 $5
PAIRS Match two in exact order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
FRONT PAIR 12x 1:100 $25 $50
BACK PAIR x23 1:100 $25 $50
COMBO Covers all Straight combinations of a 3-digit number. Costs $1.50 to $6 depending on the numbers you select. $250 $500
3-WAY 112 1:333.33 $1.50 Play $3 Play
6-WAY 123 1:166.67 $3 Play $6 Play
*Combined straight and box payouts
Numbers Selected Determine Ways to Win Example Example Winning Combinations
3-WAY: Select a 3-digit number with two like digits and get 3 ways to win. 112 112,121,211
6-WAY: Select a 3-digit number with all different digits and get 6 ways to win. 123 123,132,213,231,312,321
1-OFF: All possible combinations in which each of the three (3) digits either matches or is one (1) number higher or lower than each of the player’s three (3) digits in exact order. 26 ways to win. 123 012, 013, 014, 022, 023, 024, 032, 033, 034, 112, 113, 114, 122, 124, 132, 133, 134, 212, 213, 214, 222, 223, 224, 232, 233, 234

Unlike the Lottery’s other Draw games, which are pari-mutuel in design (that is, players are vying for a portion of what is in the prize pool), PICK 2, PICK 3, PICK 4, and PICK 5 offer set prize payouts. Therefore, the Lottery has established a $8 million liability limit for PICK 3 for any particular three-digit number for each drawing. Should any three digit combination (for example 777) be purchased often enough in a single drawing that would result in the liability limit being exceeded, the Lottery will “cut off” further sales of that specific number combination. In addition, no Front Pair or Back Pair that involves the first two or last two digits, respectively, of the three-digit number will be allowed for that drawing. Players that have already played those numbers will still win the full amount of the set prize even if the liability limit has been met. For more details on this issue, please refer to the Pick 3 game rule, section (1)(i).

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How to Play It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Playing PICK 3™ is easy. It’s the game where you can play today and get paid today. You can win a top prize of $500 with a $1 Straight play, or increase