2 By 2

2 by 2 is a multi-state lottery game with a top prize of $22,000 that doubles to $44,000 every week on 2 by 2 Tuesdays! Draws are held seven nights a week and tickets cost just $1 for eight ways to win and a 1 in 3.59 overall chance of hitting a prize. Find out how to play, payouts and odds of winning, how to claim a prize, and the game's rules.


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About 2 by 2

As part of the Multi-State Lottery Association, 2 by 2 is a regional draw lottery game played in five states. While it doesn't offer the mind-blowing jackpots associated with Powerball and Mega Millions, 2 by 2 has good odds, neat prizes and daily drawings. If you're looking for a bit of lottery fun while you wait for bigger drawings to take place, then this is the game for you. 2 by 2 is currently available in the following states:

History of 2 by 2

Kansas and Nebraska first offered 2 by 2 to players in 2002, and North Dakota began selling tickets for the game in 2006. Wyoming and Idaho launched 2 by 2 sales in 2021. Separate versions of the game existed in Arizona, Iowa and Minnesota but have since been discontinued.

How to Play 2 by 2

All you need to do is pay $1 per line and select two red numbers between 1 and 26 and two white numbers between 1 and 26. It's that simple! You can also buy a multi-draw ticket that enters you into seven consecutive drawings, with an added bonus of qualifying for the 2 by 2 Tuesday option, where all prizes won on that day are doubled in value.

If you're itching for a lottery game that gives you great odds, then you'll want to check out 2 by 2. Here's a breakdown of prizes and the odds of winning:

Numbers Matched Prize Amount Tuesday Prize Value Odds of Winning
Match 4 (2 Red, 2 White) $22,000 top prize $44,000 top prize 1 in 105,625
Match 3 (2 Red, 1 White) $100 $200 1 in 2,200
Match 3 (1 Red, 2 White) $100 $200 1 in 2,200
Match 2 (2 Red) $3 $6 1 in 382
Match 2 (2 White) $3 $6 1 in 382
Match 2 (1 Red, 1 White) $3 $6 1 in 45
Match 1 (1 Red) Free 2 by 2 Ticket 2 Free 2 by 2 Tickets 1 in 8
Match 1 (1 White) Free 2 by 2 Ticket 2 Free 2 by 2 Tickets 1 in 8
Overall odds of winning any 2 by 2 prize are 1 in 3.59

Claiming a Prize

Apart from the top $22,000 prize, most 2 by 2 prizes can be claimed at any lottery retailer in a participating state. You'll need to contact lottery officials in your state to complete the claims process if you win the top prize.

No matter what 2 by 2 prize you win, you'll only have a certain amount of time to claim it. In Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming, you'll have 180 days from the date of the drawing, while Kansas gives winners 365 days to come forward.

Rules

If you want to play 2 by 2 and redeem any prizes you might win, you'll need to be at least 18 years old in Idaho, Kansas, North Dakota, and Wyoming, and 19 years old in Nebraska.

If there are more than ten grand prize winners in a single 2 by 2 drawing, then the prizes will be allocated to winners on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning that the cash value of the top prize could change.

If someone contacts you out of the blue about winning a 2 by 2 prize and asks for your personal details, don't fall for it - it's likely that you're being set up for a lottery scam. Visit the scams page for more information about how to avoid becoming a target for fraud.