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PICK 4; Change to Game Rules; Terminal-Based Lottery Game

[46 Pa.B. 5786]
[Saturday, September 3, 2016]

Under the State Lottery Law (72 P.S. §§ 3761-101—3761-314) and 61 Pa. Code § 875.4 (relating to notice of terminal-based lottery game rules), the Secretary of Revenue hereby provides public notice of changes to the Pick 4 terminal-based lottery game rules that were published at 45 Pa.B. 388 (January 17, 2015).

This amendment offers additional ways to win prizes and additional prizes available to be won by players by adding an optional feature (the ”Wild Ball option”) to the Pick 4 terminal-based lottery game. These changes will be effective on September 13, 2016.

The correct version of this document is as follows, with ellipses referring to the existing text as it appeared at 45 Pa.B. 388—390:

3. Price: The price of a PICK 4 ticket is based on the amount a player wagers for each play on the ticket. The minimum wager is $.50 per play. Players can wager up to $5 .00 per play, in increments of $.50. The Wild Ball option may be exercised, at the discretion of the player, for an amount equivalent to the cost of the base play.

4. Description of the PICK 4 game:

(a) PICK 4 is designed to give players the opportunity to win one prize per play. The Wild Ball option to the PICK 4 game is designed to give players additional ways to win prizes in the PICK 4 game.

(d) PICK 4 game tickets may be purchased from an authorized retailer or at a Lottery self-service terminal, also known as a PlayCentral Terminal.

(1) To purchase a ticket at an authorized retailer, a player must remit the purchase price and submit a completed PICK 4 bet slip to the authorized retailer. Alternatively, a player may make their number selections or request the Quick Pick option, choose the type of play, select whether the number selection is for the day drawing or evening drawing, select the drawing date or dates for which the number selection should be entered, select whether to play the Wild Ball option, and select the play amount by verbally relaying the same to an authorized retailer.

(2) To purchase a ticket at a Pennsylvania Lottery self-service terminal, the player must insert into the self-service terminal a dollar amount equal to the total purchase price and a completed PICK 4 bet slip. Alternatively, a player may make their number selections or request the Quick Pick option, choose the type of play, select whether the number selection is for the day drawing or evening drawing, select the drawing date or dates for which the number selection should be entered, select whether to play the Wild Ball option, and select the play amount by manually entering the information into the Lottery self-service terminal.

(e) Players can win a prize identified in section 7(a) (relating to prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners). Players who select the Wild Ball option can also win the prizes identified in section 10(d) (relating to description of the Wild Ball option, prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners).

(f) A player may purchase plays for up to seven drawings in advance for either the day drawing or the evening drawing. If a player selects the Wild Ball option, the Wild Ball option will apply to all draws played on the same bet slip.

(g) A PICK 4 game ticket, as well as any Wild Ball options, may not be canceled or voided once printed by the Lottery terminal, even if printed in error.

5. PICK 4 bet slip and ticket characteristics and restrictions:

(a) PICK 4 bet slips.

(1) PICK 4 bet slips are optically readable cards issued by the Pennsylvania Lottery that a player may use to make play selections. Using a PICK 4 bet slip, the player may select up to four numbers, each ranging from 0 to 9, the play type for the number selection, the play amount, and the number of drawings in which the number selection is played. The player may select the Wild Ball option by marking the box for Wild Ball on the bet slip. For additional plays desired, a player must complete their number selections in a separate game area on the bet slip (GAME A, GAME B, GAME C, GAME D, and GAME E).

(b) PICK 4 tickets.

(1) A PICK 4 ticket shall contain one number selection, the drawing date or range of dates for which the number selection is entered, a designation that the ticket is for the day drawing or the evening drawing, the cost of the play, the total cost of the ticket, the designation of the type of play, and validation data. The PICK 4 ticket will also indicate whether the player has selected the Wild Ball option.

6. Time, place and manner of conducting drawings.

(c) Manner of conducting drawings.

(1) The Lottery will select, at random, four numbers from 0 through 9, with the aid of mechanical devices or any other selection methodology as authorized by the Secretary. The four numbers selected will be used to determine winners of prizes for each individual drawing identified in section 7(a) (relating to prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners).

(2) In a separate drawing, the Lottery will select, at random, one Wild Ball number from 0 through 9, with the aid of mechanical devices or any other selection methodology as authorized by the Secretary. The one Wild Ball number selected will be used to determine winners of Wild Ball prizes for each individual drawing identified in section 10(d) (relating to description of the Wild Ball option, prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners).

(3) The validity of a drawing will be determined solely by the Lottery.

10. Description of the Wild Ball option, prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners:

(a) The Wild Ball option, when purchased as described in section 3 (relating to price), can be used in conjunction with each of the play types described in section 4(b) (relating to description of the PICK 4 game). The Wild Ball option cannot be played independently. A player must have first played one of the play types for the PICK 4 game before the Wild Ball option can be utilized.

(b) The Wild Ball, when selected in the drawing described in section 6(c)(2) (relating to time, place and manner of conducting drawings), may replace any one of the four numbers drawn by the Lottery in order to create a winning combination for the play type on the ticket. If the player’s numbers on a ticket match any of the winning combinations using the Wild Ball for that drawing, the player wins the Wild Ball prize, as determined by the player’s play type and wager amount, as described below.

(c) If the Wild Ball number is the same as one of the four numbers drawn by the Lottery, and the player’s numbers already match the numbers drawn for the player’s play type, the player will be awarded the Wild Ball prize plus the PICK 4 prize identified in section 7(a) (relating to prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners). The player will be awarded a Wild Ball prize for each winning combination created using the Wild Ball for that drawing, as determined by the player’s play type and wager amount.

(d) Prizes available to be won and determination of prize winners:

(1) Holders of a Straight play ticket, as described in section 7(a)(1), upon which three of the four PICK 4 drawn numbers plus the Wild Ball drawn number, in place of any one of the PICK 4 drawn numbers, match the player’s numbers, shall be the winner of a Wild Ball Straight play and shall be entitled to a prize of $750.

(2) Holders of a 4-Way Box play ticket, as described in section 7(a)(2), upon which three of the four PICK 4 drawn numbers plus the Wild Ball drawn number, in place of any one of the PICK 4 drawn numbers, match the player’s numbers, shall be the winner of a Wild Ball 4-Way Box play and shall be entitled to a prize of $195.

(3) Holders of a 6-Way Box play ticket, as described in section 7(a)(3), upon which three of the four PICK 4 drawn numbers plus the Wild Ball drawn number, in place of any one of the PICK 4 drawn numbers, match the player’s numbers, shall be the winner of a Wild Ball 6-Way Box play and shall be entitled to a prize of $130.

(4) Holders of a 12-Way Box play ticket, as described in section 7(a)(4), upon which three of the four PICK 4 drawn numbers plus the Wild Ball drawn number, in place of any one of the PICK 4 drawn numbers, match the player’s numbers, shall be the winner of a Wild Ball 12-Way Box play and shall be entitled to a prize of $65.

(5) Holders of a 24-Way Box play ticket, as described in section 7(a)(5), upon which three of the four PICK 4 drawn numbers plus the Wild Ball drawn number, in place of any one of the PICK 4 drawn numbers, match the player’s numbers, shall be the winner of a Wild Ball 24-Way Box play and shall be entitled to a prize of $30.

(f) All PICK 4 Wild Ball prize payments will be made as a one-time, lump-sum payment.

(g) The Lottery reserves the right to stop play on any number or combination of numbers, in conjunction with the Wild Ball option, at any time during the course of the PICK 4 game.

(h) The Wild Ball prizes available to be won and the determination of Wild Ball prize winners may be changed at the discretion of the Secretary and will be announced by public notice. Any such changes will apply prospectively to Wild Ball drawings as of the date specified in the notice.

(i) The Secretary may alter any prize amount stated in section 10(d)(1)—(5) temporarily for marketing and promotional purposes. Such change will be announced by public notice.

(j) Probability of winning. The following table sets forth all possible ways that a Wild Ball prize can be won for a single play with the Wild Ball option selected; the probability of winning each prize for each $.50 wagered; and the corresponding prize won.

Win With The
Following Types
of Play:
Probability Of
Winning Per
Play Is 1 In:
Prize Won: Wild Ball Probability
Of Winning Per
Play Is 1 In:
Wild Ball
Prize Won:
Straight 10,000 $2,500 2,500 $750
4-Way Box 2,500 $600 625 $195
6-Way Box 1,667 $400 416.67 $130
12-Way Box 833.33 $200 208.33 $65
24-Way Box 416.67 $100 104.17 $30

EILEEN H. McNULTY,
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1529. Filed for public inspection September 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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Wild Ball

Add the Wild Ball option to your Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4 or Cash 5 play for extra ways to win!

A one-digit Wild Ball number is randomly selected before each Day and Evening draw. The number applies to all Pick games for that draw.

The Wild Ball number can replace one of the other numbers drawn to give you a winning play. The numbers on your ticket stay the same; the Wild Ball helps create more winning combinations that your numbers can match. Win a prize by matching your numbers to one of the new winning selections created with Wild Ball.

Only the Wild Ball number that is drawn may be used to replace one of the lottery’s numbers.

Adding Wild Ball doubles the cost of a play type – so if your base play was $1.00, it will cost $2.00 with Wild Ball. Wild Ball also has different payouts versus the base game without the add-on. Scroll down for full details.

Wild Ball doesn’t change the prize claim deadline for Pick games. All Pick prizes must be claimed within a year of the draw date.

Wild Ball Example: How to Win

Let’s look at an example using Pick 3 to explain how Wild Ball works.

You choose the numbers 253.

The lottery draws the numbers 153.

The Wild Ball drawn is 2.

If you didn’t add Wild Ball, your numbers could only win by matching the lottery’s numbers as a straight match. Since your numbers are 253 and the lottery’s numbers are 153, there’s no match and no prize.

Now let’s see what happens when you add Wild Ball.

You can replace any of the lottery’s numbers with the Wild Ball, 2. So 153 could become .

Yay! Your numbers, 253, are a winning match with the first combination created with Wild Ball.

Can a Pick Ticket with Wild Ball Win on Both Prize Levels?

Yes, your ticket can win two prizes. For instance, let’s say you purchase a $1.00 Straight Pick 3 ticket with Wild Ball and choose the numbers 253. The PA Lottery draws the numbers 253 and the Wild Ball is 2. You’ve won a Straight match prize of $500.

Since you also added Wild Ball, you can use that number 2 instead of any of the lottery’s numbers. That creates extra winning combos for you to match your numbers with.

In this case, you could swap the 2 in the lottery’s numbers with the Wild Ball 2 to create a Straight match with the numbers drawn. That nets you an additional $200 prize for using Wild Ball. That’s a total of $700 in prizes for your play!

Wild Ball Combinations Examples

Check the table below to see potential winning and non-winning example combinations with Wild Ball plus different play types, using the example of 253 as the number you chose.

The examples in this table use $1.00 Pick 3 plays. Scroll down for full prize information for all Pick games.

Wild Ball Combinations Examples
Player Selection Numbers Drawn Wild Ball Winning Selection Prize Amount
Wild Ball winning combination example
253 Straight 153 2 253 $200
253 Box 351 2 352 $36
25X Front Pair 153 2 25X $30
253 Straight 253 2 253 $700 total prize (=$500 Straight + $200 Wild Ball)
Player Selection Numbers Drawn Wild Ball Outcome No Prize
Wild Ball non-winning combinations example
253 Straight 257 2 257, 227 or 252 No Wild Ball combos match the player’s number

Wild Ball Pick 2 Prizes and Odds of Winning

Here’s a breakdown of Pick 2 with Wild Ball prizes and chances of winning, based on $1.00 per play.

Wild Ball Pick 2 Prizes and Odds of Winning
Play Type Pick 2 Base Game Prize Wild Ball Prize Wild Ball Odds of Winning
Straight $50 $30 1 in 50
Box $25 $15 1 in 25
Front Digit $5 $6 1 in 10
Back Digit $5 $6 1 in 10
Super Straight $50 $30 1 in 50 (per play)

Wild Ball Pick 3 Prizes and Odds of Winning

Check the table below for Pick 3 with Wild Ball prizes and odds, based on $1.00 per play. For a $0.50 play, prizes are half the amount shown.

Wild Ball Pick 3 Prizes and Odds of Winning
Play Type Pick 3 Base Game Prize Wild Ball Prize Wild Ball Odds of Winning
Straight $500 $200 1 in 333
Box (3-Way) $160 $72 1 in 111
Box (6-Way) $80 $36 1 in 56
Front Pair $50 $30 1 in 50
Back Pair $50 $30 1 in 50
Super Straight $500 $200 1 in 333 (per play)

Wild Ball Pick 4 Prizes and Odds of Winning

Here are the Pick 4 with Wild Ball prizes and chances of winning, based on $1.00 per play. For a $0.50 play, prizes are half the amount shown.

Wild Ball Pick 4 Prizes and Odds of Winning
Play Type Pick 4 Base Game Prize Wild Ball Prize Wild Ball Odds of Winning
Straight $5,000 $1,500 1 in 2,500
Box (4-Way) $1,200 $390 1 in 625
Box (6-Way) $800 $260 1 in 417
Box (12-Way) $400 $130 1 in 208
Box (24-Way) $200 $60 1 in 104

Wild Ball Pick 5 Prizes and Odds of Winning

Check the Pick 5 with Wild Ball prizes and odds below, based on $1.00 per play.

Wild Ball may be added to any Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, or Pick 5 Pennsylvania Lottery game. The Wild Ball number can replace any number drawn for more ways to win. Learn how to add Wild Ball and its cost and payouts. ]]>