# Mastering the Pick-4 Lottery: A Comprehensive Guide

May 16
18:43

2024

Art Robertson

Pick-4 is a four-digit lottery game offering multiple play types, giving players various ways to win. This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of playing Pick-4, from selecting your numbers to understanding the different play types and drawing schedules.

## Summary

Pick-4 is a versatile four-digit lottery game that offers players numerous ways to win. By selecting four numbers from 0000 to 9999, players can choose from different play types, including straight, box, and straight/box combinations. This guide provides a detailed overview of how to play Pick-4, including tips on marking your play slip, understanding play types, and knowing the drawing schedules. Whether you're a seasoned player or a newcomer, this guide will help you navigate the Pick-4 lottery game effectively.

## How to Play Pick-4

When you get a Pick-4 play slip, you need to choose four numbers ranging from 0000 to 9999. You can mark these numbers using a pencil or a pen with black or blue ink. If you prefer not to choose your numbers, you can opt for a Quick Pick, where the computer randomly selects four numbers for you.

### Consecutive Drawings

You can play the same set of numbers for up to fourteen consecutive drawings. Simply mark the number of drawings you wish to participate in on your play slip. Each bet costs \$0.50, but you can also place a \$1.00 bet for a higher potential payout.

### Important Tips

• Avoid Red Ink: The computer will not accept numbers marked with red ink.
• No Stray Marks: Stray marks on the play slip can be mistaken for play options or numbers.
• Marking Mistakes: If you make a mistake, do not scratch or erase it. Instead, mark the "VOID" box at the bottom of the play area.

## Play Areas

A Pick-4 play slip has five play areas labeled from PLAY A to PLAY E. Each area represents a separate play. You can choose to fill out one or all five play areas.

## Play Types

### Straight Play

In a straight play, your chosen number combination must match the exact order of the numbers drawn. For example, if the winning numbers are 1234, you must have 1234 in that exact order to win.

### Box Play

In a box play, your number combination can match the drawn numbers in any order. For example, if the winning numbers are 2468, you will win if you have 4682, 8264, etc. However, combinations with all the same numbers (e.g., 5555) are not allowed.

#### Box Play Variations

• 4-Way Box: Three of the same digits (e.g., 1112)
• 6-Way Box: Two pairs of the same digits (e.g., 1122)
• 12-Way Box: One pair and two different digits (e.g., 1123)
• 24-Way Box: All four digits are different (e.g., 1234)

### Straight/Box Play

This play type combines a \$0.50 straight play and a \$0.50 box play in one. If you win both the straight and box plays, you get the top jackpot for a \$1.00 bet. If you only win the box play, you still receive a prize, but it will be smaller.

## Drawing Schedules

Pick-4 drawings are held twice daily. The exact times vary by state, so check with your retailer for the specific schedule. When filling out your play slip, you can choose between MIDDAY/DAY or EVENING/EVE drawings. You can also select the "BOTH" box to participate in both drawings. If you want to play on a different day, mark the "ADVANCE DAY" box.

## Conclusion

Playing Pick-4 can be an exciting and rewarding experience if you understand the rules and strategies. By following this guide, you'll be well-equipped to make informed decisions and increase your chances of winning. Happy playing!