Play 3 is a three-digit game with daily draws and a top prize of $500 on a $1 wager, plus a choice of fun bet types and bet amounts starting at just $0.50. The Day draw takes place seven afternoons a week, at 1:58 PM ET. Players can buy tickets up to 1:40 PM. The Night draw takes place seven evenings a week at 7:57 PM ET and you can play up to 7:30 PM.
How to Play
Fill out a playslip from a retailer; you can play up to five games per playslip. First, choose your drawing time: Day, Night, or Both. Then select the number of draws you want to play - up to seven consecutive draws. Don't mark a number if you only want to enter today's draw. To enter draws up to a week in the future, mark one or more days.
Choose three numbers from 0 to 9, and mark one in each column. For a Front Pair play, only mark the first two columns. For Back Pair, mark the last two columns. Alternatively, mark Quick Pick and the lottery computer will randomly choose your numbers.
Decide on your bet amount: $0.50 or $1.
Mark the bet type you want to play - this determines how your numbers can make a winning match with the numbers drawn; see the next section for details. Here's how to win on each bet type:
- Straight: Match the three winning numbers in the exact order drawn
- Box: Match the three winning numbers in any order
- Front Pair: Choose two numbers and match the first two winning numbers in the exact order drawn
- Back Pair: Choose two numbers and match the last two winning numbers in the exact order drawn
- Straight/Box: A $0.50 Straight bet plus a $0.50 Box bet on one ticket (combined wager: $1)
- Combination: Equivalent to 3 or 6 Straight bets, with a 3 or 6 times higher wager
Play 3 Prizes and Odds of Winning
The table below has a description of each bet type and examples of how your numbers could win, along with the prizes and odds.
|Bet Types||Example Play||Example Wins||Prize: $0.50 Bet||Prize: $1 Bet||Odds|
3 digits; match in exact order; 1 way to win
|123||123||$250||$500||1 in 1,000|
3 digits, 2 the same; match in any order; 3 ways to win
|113||113, 131, 311||$80||$160||1 in 333|
3 unique digits; match in any order; 6 ways to win
|123||123, 132, 213, 231, 312, 321||$40||$80||1 in 167|
Match first 2 digits in exact order; 10 ways to win
|12X||120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129||$25||$50||1 in 100|
Match last 2 digits in exact order; 10 ways to win
|X23||023, 123, 223, 323, 423, 523, 623, 723, 823, 923||$25||$50||1 in 100|
3 Straight bets with 2 same digits; 3 ways to win
|113||113, 131, 311
Minimum $1.50 per ticket = $0.50 per bet
|$250||$500||1 in 1,000|
6 Straight bets; 6 ways to win
|123||123, 132, 213, 231, 312, 321
Minimum $3 per ticket = $0.50 per bet
|$250||$500||1 in 1,000|
Straight and Box bets with 2 same digits
|113 Straight and Box||One ticket with a Straight play and 3-Way Box play: $1 = 2 $0.50 bets||Straight/Box: $330
Box only: $80
|1 in 333|
Straight and Box bets with 3 unique digits
|123 Straight and Box||One ticket with a Straight play and 6-Way Box play: $1 = 2 $0.50 bets||Straight/Box: $290
Box only: $40
|1 in 167|