Pick 3

Pick 3 is a North Carolina Lottery game with two daily draws and cash prizes of up to $500, plus a range of play styles - there's something for everyone, whether you prefer bigger prizes or better odds. Try the Sum It Up add-on to win a prize if your numbers add up to the numbers drawn.

Pick 3 draws are held twice every day, giving fans lots of chances to take home a payout. The Midday draw is at 3:00 PM ET, and the Evening draw takes place at 11:22 PM ET. You can view the winning numbers online right after the draw, but you'd like to watch the draws on TV, they're both broadcast at 11:22 PM. There is a break before each draw when sales are paused - 2:45 PM ET for Midday, and 10:59 PM ET for Evening.


How to Play

To start playing, just choose your favorite three numbers from 0 through 9 and mark one in each column of your playslip. Or select Quick Pick and the lottery computer will randomly generate the numbers. You can play up to five times per play slip.

For a Front Pair play, pick numbers from the first two columns only. For Back Pair, choose numbers from the last two columns.

Select your play type depending on how you want your numbers to match the winning numbers drawn - see below for details.

Decide on your bet amount: $0.50 or $1.00. 50/50 (Exact + Any) plays are $1.00. Combo play bets are determined by the amount played and your chosen numbers.

Mark whether you want to play the Midday draw, Evening draw, or Both. If you don't make a selection, you'll receive a ticket for the next available draw. If you choose Both, two tickets will print.

Select Multidraw to play up to seven draws in a row, or Advance Play to enter your numbers in up to six future draws, other than the current draw chosen.

Win the top Pick 3 prize - $500 on a $1.00 bet - if you match all three winning numbers in the exact order drawn.

Sum It Up

Add the Sum It Up option to your Pick 3 play and you'll score a prize of up to $500 if your numbers add up to the numbers drawn. Sum It Up costs an extra $0.50 or $1.00 more per play, depending on your base play.

Here's an example of how you could win a Sum It Up Prize. If your Pick 3 numbers are 1-2-3, they add up to 6. If the numbers 0-1-4 are drawn, you win because they also add up to 6. You can win Sum It Up whether you win Pick 3 or not.

The highest Sum It Up prize of $500 can be won by choosing 0-0-0 or 9-9-9 on a $1.00 Pick 3 play, adding Sum It Up for an extra $1.00, and matching the sum of the winning numbers.

Play Types

Here's a rundown of the available Pick 3 play types. Different play types have different prizes and odds.

  • Exact: Match the winning numbers in the order drawn.
  • Any: Match the winning numbers in any order.
  • 50/50 (Exact + Any): A combined Exact and Any order play on one ticket - win if your numbers match the winning numbers in Exact or Any order. If your numbers are an exact match, you win both prizes.
  • Combo: All possible Exact combinations of your numbers on one ticket.
  • Front or Back Pair: For Front Pair, choose one number from each of the first two columns; match them in the order drawn. For Back Pair, choose one number from each of the last two columns; match in the order drawn.
  • 1-OFF: Win a prize if one or more of your numbers are one up or one down from the numbers drawn.

The numbers you choose determine how many ways there are to win. Any, 50/50 and Combo feature 3-Way or 6-Way plays:

  • 3-Way: Choose two same and one unique numbers. For example, 112 gives three ways to win: 112, 121, 211
  • 6-Way: Choose three unique numbers. For example, 123 gives six ways to win: 123, 321, 231, 213, 312, 132

Pick 3 Prizes and Odds of Winning

Check the table below for a breakdown of the payouts for each play type and wager plus the chances of winning:

NC Pick 3 Prizes and Odds
Play Type Prizes Odds
50¢ Play $1 Play
EXACT Match in exact order drawn $250 $500 1 in 1,000
ANY Match in any order
Any (3-Way) $80 $160 1 in 333.3
Any (6-Way) $40 $80 1 in 166.7
50/50 Match in exact or any order. Exact payout includes Any.
50/50 (3-Way) N/A $330 (Exact)
$80 (Any)
1 in 1,000
1 in 333.3
50/50 (6-Way) N/A $290 (Exact)
$40 (Any)
1 in 1,000
1 in 166.7
COMBO All exact order combinations
Combo (3-Way) $250
($1.50 play)
$500
($3 play)
1 in 333.3
Combo (6-Way) $250
($3 play)
$500
($6 play)
1 in 166.7
Front Pair Match first 2 numbers in order $25 $50 1 in 100
Back Pair Match last 2 numbers in order $25 $50 1 in 100
1-OFF Exact order
1-OFF 1-Digit $20 $40 1 in 166.67
1-OFF 2-Digits $5 $10 1 in 83.33
1-OFF 3-Digits $9 $18 1 in 125

Sum It Up Prizes and Odds of Winning

The following table has the prizes and odds of winning for Sum It Up:

NC Pick 3 Sum It Up Prizes and Odds
Sum (3 Digits) Prizes (50¢ Play) Prizes ($1 Play) Odds
0 $250 $500 1 in 1,000
1 $84 $168 1 in 333
2 $42 $84 1 in 167
3 $25 $50 1 in 100
4 $17 $34 1 in 67
5 $12 $24 1 in 48
6 $9 $18 1 in 36
7 $7 $14 1 in 28
8 $6 $12 1 in 22
9 $5 $10 1 in 18
10 $4 $8 1 in 16
11 $4 $8 1 in 14
12 $3 $6 1 in 14
13 $3 $6 1 in 13
14 $3 $6 1 in 13
15 $3 $6 1 in 14
16 $4 $8 1 in 14
17 $4 $8 1 in 16
18 $5 $10 1 in 18
19 $6 $12 1 in 22
20 $7 $14 1 in 28
21 $9 $18 1 in 36
22 $12 $24 1 in 48
23 $17 $34 1 in 67
24 $25 $50 1 in 100
25 $42 $84 1 in 167
26 $84 $168 1 in 333
27 $250 $500 1 in 1,000
Odds of winning a Sum It Up prize vary based on the numbers played and range from 1 in 13 to 1 in 1,000.
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