Carolina Pick 3 Insider’s Guide

Carolina Pick 3 Results

Pick3 logo
Daytime Draw
Tuesday, Sep 17
Pick3 Ball
0
Pick3 Ball
6
Pick3 Ball
6
Pick3 plus sign
12
Evening Draw: Monday, Sep 16
Pick3 Ball
8
Pick3 Ball
3
Pick3 Ball
5
Pick3 plus sign
16
Pick3 Ball
W

We created a quick reference guide for both seasoned and new players of Carolina Pick 3.  Feel free to jump around with the quick navigation below.

1) Game Information

Carolina Pick 3, or as commonly referred, NC Pick 3,  was first introduced to the state on October 6, 2006 and represented about 12.2% of NC Lottery ticket sales for FY2018.  In the most recent fiscal year, the NC Pick 3 experienced growth of 4% over the prior year and continues to be a solid NC Lottery games favorite.

North Carolina residents spent $30.54 (average across all residents) on Carolina Pick 3.  However, looking at just 18+ residents (eligible players), North Carolina residents spent an average of $39.56 per year on Carolina Pick 3.

Game Information


Ticket Price

$0.50 or $1

Overall Odds

Varies by Play Type

Multi-Play

Yes.  Up to 7 consecutive day or evening drawings

Quick Pick

Yes

Advanced Play

Yes

Sum It Up

Yes.  $0.50 or $1

Draw Dates

Daily

Draw Times

3:00 pm (day) & 11:22 pm (evening) EST

Sales Cut-Off Time

2:45 pm (day) & 10:59 pm (evening) EST

Want all game Draw Times and Sales & Cut -offs?  Check out our NC Lottery Live Drawing Times Calendar.

2) How to Play

Step 1:  Pick three numbers from 0 to 9.  Numbers can be repeated.

Step 2: Decide how you would like to play.  Read more about play types below.

Step 3: Choose to play 1 time or up to 7 consecutive day or evening draws (known as multi-draw)

That's it!  Really easy to play.  Now how do you win money?  

The reference table below shows how each prize is won and the odds of winning.  Since Sum It Up is a separate game tied to Carolina Pick 3, the odds are shown separately.

3) Carolina Pick 3 Prizes & Odds

To learn more about the NC Lottery Pick 3 play types available, read our summary within this post.

Play Type

Match Type

Prize

($0.50 / $1.00)

Odds

Exact 

(exact order)

Exact

$250 / $500

1 in 1,000

Any

(any order)

3 Way 


6 Way 

$80 / $160


$40 / $80

1 in 333.3


1 in 166.7

50/50

(exact/any order)

3 Way (exact)

3 Way (any)


6 Way (exact)

6 Way (any)

na / $330 (exact)

na / $80 (any)


na / $290 (exact)

na / $40 (any)

1 in 1,000 (exact)

1 in 333.3 (any)


1 in 1,000 (exact)

1 in 166.7 (any)

Combo

(all combos of exact order)

3 Way 


6 Way 

$250 ($1.50 play) / $500 ($3.00 play)


$250 ($3.00 play) / $500 ($6.00 Play)

1 in 333.3


1 in 166.7

Pair

(exact order)

Front


Back

$25 / $50


$25 / $50

1 in 100


1 in 100

Sum It Up

(3 ball total)

See Sum It Up Summary Below

See Sum It Up Summary Below

See Sum It Up Summary Below

1 OFF

(exact order)

1 Digit


2 Digits


3 Digits

$20 / $40


$5 / $10


$9 / $18

1 in 166.7


1 in 83.3


1 in 125

Want to compare the Carolina Pick 3 odds to other games?  Check out our NC Lottery Odds Chart

NC Pick 3 Play Types Explained

The NC Lottery Pick 3 has seven different play types to choose.  With so many choices, its easy to get confused and avoid the play types you don't understand.  We created a quick summary of each play to and how each wins.

Play Type

Match

Example

Exact 

(exact order)

Must match your three numbers in the exact order drawn.

You Play: 1 - 2 -3

You ONLY win if the balls drawn are drawn exactly as 1 -2 -3

Any

(any order)

The numbers can be drawn in ANY order as long as the three drawn numbers match your numbers.  There are 2 types of wins with the Any Play Type.


3 Way:

When two of your three numbers are the same, like 1 - 1 - 2, then you have three possible winning combinations, hence a 3 Way.


6 Way:

When all three of your numbers are different, like 1 - 2 - 3, you have six possible winning combinations, hence a 6 Way.

You Played 2 Different Numbers:  1 - 1 - 2

Win with any 3 possible combinations, called a 3 Way.  Winning combinations would be:

1 - 1 - 2

1 - 2 - 1

2 - 1 - 1


You Played 3 Different Numbers:  1 - 2 - 3

Win with any of 6 possible combinations, called a 6 Way.  Winning combinations would be:

1 - 2 - 3

1 - 3 - 2

2 - 1 - 3

2 - 3 - 1

3 - 1 - 2

3 - 2 - 1

50/50

(exact/any order)

The 50/50 allows players to win if the three numbers are drawn Exactly as played OR if the balls appear in any order but still match the balls played.  A combination of the previous Exact and Any Play Types.


There are 2 types of wins with the 50/50 Play Type, the 3 Way and 6 Way, as described above.

The possible winning combinations are the same as the above Exact and Any examples.

Combo

(all combos of exact order)

**Additional Cost**

A combo play takes a number and all it's possible combinations ( 3 or 6 combinations) and plays all those variations as Exact plays.


The price of the ticket increase by 3x or 6x as you are playing all possible combinations of a number as an Exact Match.


You Played 2 Different Numbers:  1 - 1 - 2

A Combo Play will take all 3 possible number combinations and play each one as a separate Exact Play.  Winning combinations would be:

1 - 1 - 2

1 - 2 - 1

2 - 1 - 1


You Played 3 Different Numbers:  1 - 2 - 3

A Combo Play will take all 6 possible combinations and play each one as a separate Exact Play.  Winning combinations would be:

1 - 2 - 3

1 - 3 - 2

2 - 1 - 3

2 - 3 - 1

3 - 1 - 2

3 - 2 - 1

Pairs

(exact order)

Pick any two numbers and specify their location.  For a Front Pair play, select numbers in the first two columns only; for a Back Pair play, select numbers in the last two columns only.


Selected pair of numbers must match the winning pair in the exact order drawn.

Front Pair Played:  1 - 2 - X

You win if the first two numbers are drawn in the exact order you played.  The third drawn number can be any number.  Winning combinations would be:

1 - 2 - 0

1 - 2 - 1

1 - 2 - 2

1 - 2 - 3

1 - 2 - 4

1 - 2 - 5

1 - 2 - 6

1 - 2 - 7

1 - 2 - 8

1 - 2 - 9


Back Pair Played:  X - 1 - 2

You win if the last two numbers are drawn in the exact order you played.  The first drawn number can be any number.  Winning combinations would be:

0 - 1 - 2

1 - 1 - 2

2 - 1 - 2

3 - 1 - 2

4 - 1 - 2

5 - 1 - 2

6 - 1 - 2

7 - 1 - 2

8 - 1 - 2

9 - 1 - 2

Sum It Up

(3 ball total)

**Additional Cost**

If the sum of your numbers equals the sum of the numbers drawn, you win.  Your numbers do not have to match the drawn numbers, just the total.


See below for a more detailed explanation.

You Played:  1 - 2 - 3

The sum of your numbers is 6 (1 + 2 +3).  If the sum of the winning numbers is equal to 6, you win.

1 OFF

(exact order)

You win a prize if one or more of the numbers you selected are one up or one down of the numbers drawn.

You Played:  1 - 2 - 3

1 Digit 1 OFF winning combinations:

0 - 2 - 3

2 - 2 - 2

1 - 3 - 3

1 - 1 - 3

1 - 2 - 4

1 - 2 - 2


2 Digit 1 OFF winning combinations:

1 - 1 - 2

1 - 3 - 4

1 - 1 - 4

1 - 3 - 2

0 - 2 - 2

2 - 2 - 4

0 - 2 - 4

2 - 2 - 2

0 - 1 - 3

2 - 3 - 3

0 - 3 - 3

2 - 1 - 3


3 Digit 1 OFF winning combinations:

0 - 1 - 2

0 - 3 - 4

0 - 1 - 4

0 - 3 - 2

2 - 1 - 2

2 - 1 - 4

2 - 3 - 2

2 - 3 - 4

NC Pick 3 Sum It Up Explained

The NC Lottery Pick 3 has a bonus game called Sum It Up which can be added to any Pick 3 ticket.  The add-on game has its own prizes and odds which are covered below.

Sum It Up Total

(3 digits)

Prize Payout

($0.50 Play)

Prize Payout

($1.00 Play)

Sum it Up 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

4) Terminology

Sometimes game information can be confusing.  We created a brief overview of some of the common terms used in Carolina Pick 3 that you should be familiar.

  • quick pick (QP)
  • Multi-draw
  • Exact Order
  • Any order
  • 50/50 play
  • Combo play
  • front/back pairs
  • 1 off play
  • sum it up
  • 3-Way
  • 6-Way
6-Way means that you have chosen a number that has 3 different digits. (Example: 368) Because of that, there are 6 ways to combine the numbers selected to match the numbers drawn, (i.e. 368 or 386 or 638 or 683 or 836 or 863).


5) FAQs

What days are drawings held?

Can Carolina Pick 3 tickets be canceled?

What is the deadline for claiming a Carolina Pick 3 prize?

What if I lose my ticket?

Do I pay taxes on my lottery winnings?

Can you explain what the odds mean?

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