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Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is PICK 5 ™ ? PICK 5 is a twice-daily Draw game where players select five numbers, each from 0 through 9 to win a top prize of $50,000 for a Straight play, up to $10,000 for a Box play, or up to $30,000 for a Straight/Box play, or up to $25,000 for a 1-OFF ® play. 2. How do you play PICK 5? Select five numbers each from 0 through 9, or mark the Quick Pick box to have the terminal randomly pick any or all of your numbers. Select the play type: Straight, Box, or Straight/Box, 1-OFF ® . Select the amount you want to play: 50 cents or $1 (all Straight/Box and 1-OFF plays are $1). Select the draw time: midday, evening, or both. To play the same numbers for more than one draw, simply tell the retailer how many advance draws you wish to play or select the number of draws in the Advance Play section of your playslip. 3. How much do PICK 5 tickets cost? Tickets cost 50 cents or $1 per play. 4. Where can I purchase PICK 5 tickets? You can purchase PICK 5 tickets at any authorized Florida Lottery retailer. 5. When are PICK 5 drawings held? The Florida Lottery will hold PICK 5 drawings twice daily at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET and 9:45 p.m. ET. Tickets for each drawing may be purchased up to 12 minutes prior to the applicable drawing – 1:18 p.m. ET for the midday drawings, and 9:33 p.m. ET for the evening drawings. 6. How much can I win playing PICK 5? You can win a top prize of $50,000 for a $1 Straight play, a $10,000 prize for a $1 Box play, and a $30,000 prize for a $1 Straight/Box play, and a $25,000 prize for a $1 1-OFF play. Fifty cent play prizes are 1/2 of the $1 play prizes. 7. What is 1-OFF? 1-OFF is a new PICK 5 play type that offers players the chance to miss their lucky numbers by 1 and still win a cash prize! With 242 additional number combinations, the play type gives players the chance to win up to $25,000 for a Straight win, or up to $500 for matching the winning PICK 5 numbers with one of their 242 possible 1-OFF number combinations. 8. How do you play 1-OFF? Playing PICK 5 1-OFF is easy. On the PICK 5 playslip, players should mark the 1-OFF box; select the draw time: midday, evening or both; and choose one number, from 0 through 9, from each column for a total of five digits, or mark the “QP” (Quick Pick) box to let the terminal randomly pick some or all of their numbers. 9. Do the old PICK 5 playslips still work? Yes. The old PICK 5 playslips still work on the terminal for players who are not playing 1-OFF; however, new playslips are necessary to play the new play type. 10. Are the 242 additional number combinations printed on the PICK 5 1-OFF ticket? No, the PICK 5 1-OFF ticket will print with the five-digit number selected by the player and the 1-OFF numbers higher or lower than your 5-digit number. 11. How do you win 1-OFF? If the player’s five-digit number is a Straight match to the winning PICK 5 numbers, meaning the player’s numbers match the winning numbers in exact order, the player wins $25,000. Or, if one of the player’s 242 1-OFF number combinations matches the PICK 5 winning numbers, the player can win $75 to $500, depending on the odds of being off by one, two, three, four, or five digits. 12. How much does 1-OFF cost to play? The 1-OFF play type costs $1 to play, but the cost of the ticket will vary depending on the number of draws played (midday, evening or both) and the number of days selected. 13. Do players get 242 more chances to win the top prize? No. Players get 242 more chances to win the 1-OFF prize – up to $500. 14. If you select a PICK 5 number with like digits (e.g., 7-7-7-7-7 or 1-1-1-2-2) will there be fewer possible 1-OFF combinations? No. Regardless of the PICK 5 numbers selected, there are always 242 possible 1-OFF combinations. Unlike Box or Combo, when you play 1-OFF a PICK 5 number with like digits does not change the odds of winning or the prize amount. 15. Can you play 1-OFF with any PICK 5 play type? No. 1-OFF is not an add-on feature; it is a play type that plays similar to Straight/Box. 16. Does 1-OFF play like EZmatch ™ , do you match the 1-OFF numbers with your PICK 5 number to win instantly? No. 1-OFF is not an instant win. Players win a 1-OFF prize by matching one of their 242 number combinations with the winning PICK 5 numbers drawn for the applicable drawing. The 1-OFF numbers are all the 242 possible winning number combinations that are off by one, from any or all of the player’s number; therefore, the 1-OFF numbers and the player’s numbers will never match. 17. Why should I play 1-OFF if I can only win half the prize of a Straight play? With Straight play, players get one shot at winning $50,000 for a $1 play. With 1-OFF, they get a chance to win $25,000 and 242 more chances to win up to $500. The odds of winning 1-OFF are the best of any PICK 5 play type available! Players may continue to play Straight for a chance to win $50,000; but, for the same cost, 1-OFF offers players an additional 242 set of numbers increasing the players’ chances to win a cash prize. 18. Can I play the same play styles, as I always have for PICK 5? Yes. Players may continue to play all of their favorite play styles – Straight, Box, Straight/Box, and, now, 1-OFF for both the midday and evening draws. 19. What are the odds of winning PICK 5? The odds of winning PICK 5 vary depending on which play type is selected. See chart below:

Odds of Winning and Estimated Prize Payouts
Play Types Example Odds Prize Payouts
STRAIGHT Match in exact order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
12345 1:100,000 $25,000 $50,000
BOX Match in any order 50¢ Play $1.00 Play
5-WAY 11112 1:20,000 $5,000 $10,000
10-WAY 11122 1:10,000 $2,500 $5,000
20-WAY 11123 1:5,000 $1,250 $2,500
30-WAY 11223 1:3,333.33 $830 $1,660
60-WAY 11234 1:1,666.67 $415 $830
120-WAY 12345 1:833.33 $208 $416
STRAIGHT/BOX Match in exact order or any order. Costs $1. BOX STRAIGHT
5-WAY 11112 1:100,000 & 1:20,000 $5,000 $30,000
10-WAY 11122 1:100,000 & 1:10,000 $2,500 $27,500
20-WAY 11123 1:100,000 & 1:5,000 $1,250 $26,250
30-WAY 11223 1:100,000 & 1:3,333.33 $830 $25,830
60-WAY 11234 1:100,000 & 1:1,666.67 $415 $25,415
120-WAY 12345 1:100,000 & 1:833.33 $208 $25,208
1-OFF ® Match in exact order or off one or all your five digits in exact order $1.00 Play
STRAIGHT 12345 1:100,000 $25,000
1-OFF on one digit 02345 1:10,000 $500
1-OFF on five digits 01234 1:3,125 $150
1-OFF on two digits 01345 1:2,500 $100
1-OFF on three digits 01245 1:1,250 $75
1-OFF on four digits 01235 1:1,250 $75
Numbers Selected Determine Ways to Win Example Example Winning Combinations
STRAIGHT: Match in exact order 12345 12345
5-WAY: Use 4 like numbers and 1 different number to get 5 ways to win 11112 11112, 12111, 11211, 11121, 21111
10-WAY: Use 3 like numbers and 2 like numbers to get 10 ways to win 11122 11122, 11212, 11221, 12112, 12121, 12211, 21112, 21121, 21211, 22111
20-WAY: Use 3 like numbers and 2 different numbers to get 20 ways to win 11123 11123, 11132, 11213, 11231, 11312, 11321, 12113, 12131, 12311, 13112, 13121, 13211, 21113, 21131, 21311, 23111, 31112, 31121, 31211, 32111
30-WAY: Use 2 pairs of like numbers and 1 different number to get 30 ways to win 11223 11223, 11232, 11322, 12123, 12132, 12213, 12231, 12312, 12321, 13122, 13212, 13221, 21123, 21132, 21213, 21231, 21312, 21321, 22113, 22131, 22311, 23112, 23121, 23211, 31122, 31212, 31221, 32112, 32121, 32211
60-WAY: Use 2 like numbers and 3 different numbers to get 60 ways to win 11234 11234, 11243, 11324, 11342, 11423, 11432, 12134, 12143, 12314, 12341, 12413, 12431, 13124, 13142, 13214, 13241, 13412, 13421, 14123, 14132, 14213, 14231, 14312, 14321, 21134, 21143, 21314, 21341, 21413, 21431, 23114, 23141, 23411, 24113, 24131, 24311, 31124, 31142, 31214, 31241, 31412, 31421, 32114, 32141, 32411, 34112, 34121, 34211, 41123, 41132, 41213, 41231, 41312, 41321, 42113, 42131, 42311, 43112, 43121, 43211
120-WAY: Use 5 different numbers to get 120 ways to win 12345 12345, 12354, 12435, 12453, 12534, 12543, 13245, 13254, 13425, 13452, 13524, 13542, 14235, 14253, 14325, 14352, 14523, 14532, 15234, 15243, 15324, 15243, 15423, 15432, 21345, 21354, 21435, 21453, 21534, 21543, 23145, 23154, 23415, 23451, 23514, 23541, 24135, 24153, 24315, 24351, 24513, 24531, 25134, 25143, 25314, 25143, 25413, 25431, 31245, 31254, 31425, 31452, 31524, 31542, 32145, 32154, 32415, 32451, 32514, 32541, 34125, 34152, 34215, 34251, 34512, 34521, 35124, 35142, 35214, 35241, 35412, 35421, 41235, 41253, 41325, 41352, 41523, 41532, 42135, 42153, 42315, 42351, 42513, 42531, 43125, 43152, 43215, 43251, 43512, 43521, 45123, 45132, 45213, 45231, 45312, 45321, 51234, 51243, 51324, 51342, 51423, 51432, 52134, 52143, 52314, 52341, 52413, 52431, 53124, 53142, 53214, 53241, 53412, 53421, 54123, 54132, 54213, 54231, 54312, 54321
1-OFF on 1 digit: Select a 5-digit number with one (1) number higher or lower than each of the player’s five (5) digits in exact order and get 10 ways to win 12345 02345, 11345, 12245, 12335, 12344, 12346, 12355, 12445, 13345, 22345
1-OFF on 2 digits: Select a 5-digit number with two (2) numbers higher or lower than each of the player’s five (5) digits in exact order and get 40 ways to win 12345 01345, 02245, 02335, 02344, 02346, 02355, 02445, 03345, 11245, 11335, 11344, 11346, 11355, 11445, 12235, 12244, 12246, 12255, 12334, 12336, 12354, 12356, 12435, 12444, 12446, 12455, 13245, 13335, 13344, 13346, 13355, 13445, 21345, 22245, 22335, 22344, 22346, 22355, 22445, 23345
1-OFF on 3 digits: Select a 5-digit number with three (3) numbers higher or lower than each of the player’s five (5) digits in exact order and get 80 ways to win 12345 01245, 01335, 01344, 01346, 01355, 01445, 02235, 02244, 02246, 02255, 02334, 02336, 02354, 02356, 02435, 02444, 02446, 02455, 03245, 03335, 03344, 03346, 03355, 03445, 11235, 11244, 11246, 11255, 11334, 11336, 11354, 11356, 11435, 11444, 11446, 11455, 12234, 12236, 12254, 12256, 12434, 12436, 12454, 12456, 13235, 13244, 13246, 13255, 13334, 13336, 13354, 13356, 13435, 13444, 13446, 13455, 21245, 21335, 21344, 21346, 21355, 21445, 22235, 22244, 22246, 22255, 22334, 22336, 22354, 22356, 22435, 22444, 22446, 22455, 23245, 23335, 23344, 23346, 23355, 23445
1-OFF on 4 digits: Select a 5-digit number with four (4) numbers higher or lower than each of the player’s five (5) digits in exact order and get 80 ways to win 12345 01235, 01244, 01246, 01255, 01334, 01336, 01354, 01356, 01435, 01444, 01446, 01455, 02234, 02236, 02254, 02256, 02434, 02436, 02454, 02456, 03235, 03244, 03246, 03255, 03334, 03336, 03354, 03356, 03435, 03444, 03446, 03455, 11234, 11236, 11254, 11256, 11434, 11436, 11454, 11456, 13234, 13236, 13254, 13256, 13434, 13436, 13454, 13456, 21235, 21244, 21246, 21255, 21334, 21336, 21354, 21356, 21435, 21444, 21446, 21455, 22234, 22236, 22254, 22256, 22434, 22436, 22454, 22456, 23235, 23244, 23246, 23255, 23334, 23336, 23354, 23356, 23435, 23444, 23446, 23455
1-OFF on 5 digits: Select a 5-digit number with five (5) numbers higher or lower than each of the player’s five (5) digits in exact order and get 32 ways to win 12345 01234, 01236, 01254, 01256, 01434, 01436, 01454, 01456, 03234, 03236, 03254, 03256, 03434, 03436, 03454, 03456, 21234, 21236, 21254, 21256, 21434, 21436, 21454, 21456, 23234, 23236, 23254, 23256, 23434, 23436, 23454, 23456

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 $5 million liability limit for PICK 5 for any particular five-digit number in each drawing. Should any five digit combination (for example 77777) 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. 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 5 game rule subsection (1)(i).

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Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is PICK 5 ™ ? PICK 5 is a twice-daily Draw game where players select five numbers, each from 0 through 9 to win a top prize of $50,000 for a Straight play, up

Ohio Rolling Cash 5 Lottery Tips

About Ohio Rolling Cash 5 Lotto Game

Ohio replaced the old 5/37 Buckeye 5 in October 2004, with the Rolling Cash 5 5/39 game. To play the game, choose five numbers from 1 to 39. The jackpot starts at $100,000 and grows until there is a winner. The Rolling Cash 5 jackpot will not make you mega rich, but when you win it, you will be very, very happy.

The odds of winning the first prize jackpot are one in 575,757, making this game the best bet in Ohio. Compare that to the jackpot odds of one in almost 14 million for winning Ohio Classic Lotto, or the frightening odds of one in 302,575,350 to win Mega Millions and even worse, one in 292 million of winning Powerball.

Picking the Best Lottery Numbers

Strategy Book

Below are free lotto tips to help you play the game smarter and win the lottery, taken from Gail Howard’s lotto book, Lottery Master Guide. This is just a sample, and the book explains all of Smart Luck’s successful methods of number selection in great detail with examples of patterns shown throughout. It is a great starting place for any lotto player.

Strategy Software

Advantage Gold software makes all the charts for this game, to automate the process of choosing the best numbers to play.

Lotto Wheels to Improve your Winning Odds

In addition to number selection strategies, you should take advantage of wheeling your lotto numbers to improve your odds. You can quickly and easily wheel pick-5 lotto numbers using the Balanced Wheels in the Wheel Five Gold lottery software. You get a minimum win guarantee with every wheel!

Lotto strategies to help you win Ohio Rolling Cash 5

Lottery numbers are randomly drawn. But randomly drawn numbers form patterns that can be tracked and used to our advantage. Having carefully analyzed all the drawings in past lotto results of more than 200 different lotto games worldwide, with histories going back as far as 1955, we have verified the following incredibly simple rule:

The key to Smart Luck’s successful lotto number selection methods is playing the probabilities. If you play a pattern that occurs only five percent of the time, you can expect that pattern to lose 95 percent of the time, giving you no chance to win 95 percent of the time. So, don’t buck the probabilities.

How to WIN Ohio Rolling Cash 5 Lotto


When you select your Rolling Cash Five Lotto numbers, try to have a relatively even mix of odd and even numbers. All odd numbers or all even numbers are rarely drawn, occurring less than 2 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three odd and two even, or two odd and three even. One of these two patterns will occur in 67 percent of the drawings.


Winning numbers are usually spread across the entire number field. If we take a number field and cut it in half, we have the low half and the high half. In a 39-number game like Ohio Rolling Cash 5, numbers 1 to 20 would be in the low half, and numbers 21 to 39 would be in the high half. All high numbers or all low numbers are rarely drawn, occurring only 3 percent of the time. The best mix is to have 3/2 or 2/3 which means three high and two low, or two high and three low. One of these two patterns will occur in 64 percent of the drawings.


Look at a list of Ohio Rolling Cash lotto results from its past history, and you’ll see, more often than not, that one or more of the number groups is not represented. For example, in the combination 5-8-14-17-32, there are no 20’s. Tracking and studying Number Groups can help you decide which group to omit and which group to give extra heavy play.


List the number of games skipped (games out) since the last hit (win) for each of the winning numbers during the last five games. Then mark the number of times each skip occurred. If any skip from 0 to 5 did not occur, play the Lotto numbers that are out that many games. (Help working with lotto games skipped.)


After you choose five Ohio lotto numbers you want to play, add them together and make sure that the sum of the five numbers adds up to somewhere between 75 and 125. Sums that fall within that range will account for over 70 percent of all lottery jackpots won.


In Rolling Cash 5, on average, one lottery number will be a repeat hit from the last drawing every other drawing or 51 percent of the time.


Numbers that have been out (losers) for four games or less account for about half of the winning numbers. Losing numbers that have been out for seven games or less account for about two-thirds of all the winning numbers. Numbers out ten games or less account for 79 percent of the winning numbers. This tells us that hot numbers are more likely to hit, but don’t forget to include at least one long shot in your group of 5.


It is difficult to know when a cold number will end a long losing streak. If you play a number every drawing because you think it is due, you could be chasing it for many months. (Number 45 in New York Lotto sat out 100 drawings before it finally hit.) Although, when a number has been out for 70 games or so, it might be worth chasing.

Lottery Pools and Lottery Syndicates


Several of the 109 Lotto jackpots won with Smart Luck lottery systems were won by groups of people who pooled their money. Sharing the ticket cost with others stretches your Lotto budget. By playing with a group, you can afford to buy more lottery tickets—and play larger wheeling systems—than you could (or should) by yourself. Draw up an agreement and have the members of your pool sign it.

How to Get Lucky in Lotto


When you form a Lotto pool, your group is also pooling its aggregate luck. A jackpot could happen because of the luck just one member brings to your pool. Select your partners carefully. Share your luck with winners, not losers. Avoid negative people. Not only are they unlucky, but they dampen enthusiasm and drain energy from others. You want to enhance your own luck, not dilute its strength. One quick way to tell winners from losers is simply to ask them: “Do you think you are a lucky person?” Many people quickly admit, “I’m unlucky. I never win anything.” They won’t bring good luck to your group either.


No one should play games of chance out of desperation because they need the winnings. The needy have a greater fear of losing the hard-earned money they gamble with. It is just one of life’s dirty tricks that the very fear of losing blocks the winning forces. Thoughts are charged with energy, especially when triggered by emotion. Fear attracts exactly that which one fears. A strong desire for a goal that is charged with positive energy, attracts a positive response, especially when every effort is made to attain that goal.

Lottery Wheels


Balanced Wheeling ® Systems allow you to bet a large group of numbers (more than 5), play scientific combinations of that group of numbers, and get a specific minimum win guarantee. Balanced Wheels ® force all the winning numbers that are in your group to come together to give you at least one prize if some or all of the winning numbers are in your chosen group.

It’s true that the more numbers you wheel, the easier it is to trap the winning numbers in your chosen group. But to get the most leverage for your money, the optimum number of numbers to wheel is not more than four or five numbers over HALF the numbers in your game. For Rolling Cash Five, try to wheel less than about 24 of the 39 total numbers. Otherwise, you’ll be spending MORE money chasing a SMALLER guaranteed prize. You benefit more by wheeling a carefully selected group of lotto numbers.


Any one wheeling system that covers ALL the numbers in the game is too spread out, making the win guarantee not worth the wager. There are smart ways to wheel all the numbers in the game by using Trap-by-Overlap and other wheeling strategies covered on pages 137 to 142 in the Lottery Master Guide.

Most of Smart Luck’s lottery winners used a Balanced Wheel ® in addition to her Smart Luck ® number selection methods. You can use a FREE interactive Balanced Wheel ® System that won multiple jackpots. Read about our lottery winners, too. And when you win a jackpot with Smart Luck lotto systems, tell us about it so you can be added to Gail Howard’s growing list of winners. If you don’t want your name publicized, we will honor that.

Save Money by Knowing Lotto Numbers to Avoid

Lotto players who select their lottery numbers thoughtlessly or foolishly are destined to lose even before the drawing takes place. By knowing which number combinations and patterns to avoid, you’ll have an advantage over such players—and save money, too.


Many players like to bet the numbers that have won someone else a big jackpot, and by doing so, they are almost guaranteed NOT to win one themselves. In Rolling Cash 5 with seven drawings a week, a set of five numbers has a chance of being drawn once every 1,577 years. This should also answer the question we are so often asked, “Shouldn’t I keep playing the same set of numbers every week because they are due to hit sometime?”


Even four consecutive numbers is a very rare occurrence that, in most Lotto games, has never happened once.


Never choose all five numbers from one number group, such as all single digits, or all teens, or all 20’s, etc. All five winning numbers drawn from one group is highly unlikely.


The most popular set of numbers most often played is: 1-2-3-4-5. Thousands of tickets are bought with this combination every drawing. The selection is too far out of balance to come up in a random drawing.


Pattern betting is an even more popular method of marking bet slips. Patterns of numbers marked in a row to make a straight line, either across the bet slip vertically or diagonally get heavy play—which means sharing the prize with others if the numbers are drawn as winners. Other designs such as patterns of initials or numbers or crosses also get heavy play.


Other popular combinations that get heavy play are the number multiples, especially 5-10-15-20-25 and 7-14-21-28-35.


Many people like to play same last digits, such as 3-13-23-33, or all digits that end in seven, or some other favorite lucky lottery number. Even four same last digits occur in less than two-tenths of one percent of all drawings. Winning sets of numbers with no more than one repeated last digit represent nearly 90 percent of all drawings.


The majority of Lotto players like to play the calendar numbers, such as birth dates and anniversaries—and their children’s ages. This means that the most heavily played numbers are 1 through 31. Rolling Cash 5 has 39 numbers. If you play only the calendar numbers, you might be sharing your jackpot with dozens of other winners. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t play your personal numbers if you feel these lucky numbers are good to play. But we recommend that you include at least one high number so that just in case your numbers do hit, you win a prize that’s worth something.


Quick Picks are used by lazy people who want to be in the action without putting any effort into winning. When you read articles about jackpot winners, it appears as though they all used either Quick Picks, birth dates, or their children’s ages. The vast majority of people do play that way. If the majority of tickets sold are Quick Picks, then it makes sense that the majority of jackpots won should be won with Quick Picks. However, when you see the actual statistics, as we did, you’ll find that you have a better chance of winning by picking numbers randomly out of a hat than by using Quick Picks.

In Lotto, the Trend is Your Friend

The shortest, easiest way to search for Lotto numbers that have the greatest probability of winning is to track the trends. Smart Luck strategies show you how to understand and use historical data. Advantage Gold is the best lotto strategy software which has a vast assortment of charts and reports that allow you to examine your lotto numbers in an infinite variety of ways. Advantage Gold teaches you to understand and use historical data.

Win with Lotto Software and Books

See all Smart Luck lottery software and lotto books or the full lottery product guide and list of best Ohio lottery software and books to use for Ohio Rolling Cash 5. Also see the references on the right side of this page: products to use for Ohio Rolling Cash 5, many articles for more info on understanding lottery strategy and the concepts of lotto wheeling, links to our free wheels for Ohio Rolling Cash 5, and more!

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