How to Play Pick 3

Pick 3 is the daily online game where you have to match just three numbers to win up to $500. You can pick from five different bet types, each of which gives you a different way to win, and you can also choose how much you want to bet each time. Pick 3 draws take place twice a day; there’s one draw at 15:00 and another at 20:00.

Pick 3 is only available online and cannot be played in betting shops. Follow the steps below to get your entries for the next draw:

Once you have completed the purchase of your bets you just need to look out for the winning numbers. The Pick 3 Results page is updated with the latest numbers straight after every twice-daily draw.

Prizes and Odds of Winning

As you get to choose your bet type you also get to pick which prizes to play for. Prize amounts and odds differ between each of the different bet types, so you can play a Straight to try and win the top $500 prize, or you can play one of the other types to get better odds of winning.

Your bet amount also affects how much prize money you can win. Most bets allow you to pay either $0.50 or $1.00 – the higher bet amount means that the prizes you play for are also higher.

The following table shows all the prizes you can win for each bet type, as well a brief explanation of each type, the odds of winning, and how much each bet costs.

Pick 3 Prizes and Odds
Bet Type Odds of Winning Prize Payout
Straight - Match in exact order $0.50 Bet $1 Bet
Straight 1 in 1,000 $250 $500
Box - Match in any order $0.50 Bet $1 Bet
3-way (2 like numbers) 1 in 333 $80 $160
6-way (3 different numbers) 1 in 167 $40 $80
Straight/Box - Match in exact order or any order (costs $1)* Box Straight
3-way 1 in 333/1 in 1,000 $80 $330
6-way 1 in 167/1 in 1,000 $40 $290
Combo - Covers all Straight combinations of a three-digit number (costs between $1.50 and $6)** $250 $500
3-way 1 in 333 $1.50 Bet $3 Bet
6-way 1 in 167 $3 Bet $6 Bet
Pair - Match the first or last two in exact order $0.50 Bet $1 Bet
Front Pair 1 in 100 $25 $50
Back Pair 1 in 100 $25 $50

3-way and 6-way bets

The numbers you pick can directly affect how much you can win. For example, if your three-digit combination includes two identical numbers, you can only play ‘3-way’ bets, because those numbers can be ordered in three different ways. If you choose three different numbers, you would play a ‘6-way’ bet, as there are six ways of ordering those numbers. Here are some examples:

Bet Type Your Numbers Winning Combinations
3-way 122 122, 212, 221
6-way 123 123, 132, 213, 231, 312, 321

All Box, Straight/Box, and Combo bets you place will be either 3-way or 6-way bets. The cost of a Combo bet also changes depending on whether it’s a 3-way or 6-way bet, because with that type you place separate Straight bets on every combination of your three numbers. If you play a 3-way Combo you play three Straight bets and you pay for all three, and for a 6-way Combo you pay for six Straight bets.

These rules do not apply to Straight or Pair bets, as in both cases you have to match the winning numbers in the same order they’re drawn. The odds of doing so are the same whether you pick identical numbers or not.


Take a look the answers to these frequently asked questions if you need any more information about how Pick 3 works.

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+ How much does Pick 3 cost to play?

Each bet type has its own cost of playing – you can find the cost of each type in the table below:

Bet Type Cost
Straight $0.50 or $1
Box $0.50 or $1
Straight/Box $1 – The cost is split equally between both parts of the bet
Pair $0.50 or $1
Combo From $0.50 to $6
+ What is the cut-off time for entries?

You have until 12:50 UK time to enter the lunchtime draw and 16:50 to purchase entries for the teatime draw. Due to Daylight Saving, the cut-time local to South Africa will change through the year – please see the table below:

Lunchtime Draw
Start Date End Date Cut-off Time in UK Cut-off time in South Africa
Last Sunday in March Last Sunday in October 12:50 BST 13:50
Last Sunday in October Last Sunday in March 12:50 GMT 14:50
Teatime Draw
Start Date End Date Cut-off Time in UK Cut-off time in South Africa
Last Sunday in March Last Sunday in October 17:50 BST 18:50
Last Sunday in October Last Sunday in March 17:50 GMT 19:50
+ Can I play more than one bet type at a time?

You must specify one type for each bet you place. You can, however, place multiple bets at the same time and select a different bet type for each. For example, you cannot pay $0.50 and play a Straight, Box, and Pair bet with that one wager, but you could place three different $0.50 bets and select a different bet type for each.

+ How do I claim my prize money?

All Pick 3 prizes will be paid into your online player account after the draw. Just log in to your account and the prize money will be reflected in your balance. You can then use the winnings to pay for further Pick 3 entries or withdraw the money to your bank account.

+ What’s the difference between 3-way and 6-way bets?

The terms ‘3-way’ and ‘6-way’ describe how many different combinations you can make out of the three numbers you pick. For example, the numbers 223 can be arranged three different ways (223, 232, and 322) so that’s a 3-way combination.

The odds of winning certain bets with a 3-way combination are longer than if you play the same bet with a 6-way combination. For that reason, the prizes you win for 3-way bets are higher than those for 6-way bets. If you win a 3-way Box bet, you get up to $160, while for a 6-way Box bet you can win up to $80.

+ Can I pick the same number three times?

Yes, you can, but by doing so you limit your bet type to a Straight, as the only way to match three identical numbers is to match them exactly – it’s impossible to match them in a different order. There is only one possible combination of the numbers 111, for example, so there is no way to generate the 3-way or 6-way combinations required by Box bets and similar.