General information about Pick3
This is Canada based lottery game that was launched in February, 2006, or 15 years, 8 months and 16 days ago. Ontario Pick 3 is currently available only in Ontario. This is a widely popular lottery, but it has still always been known as Ontario Pick 3. The game-play format wasn’t changing since the game was launched. The lottery is operated by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). In case you want to know more about Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), here is their official website: http://home.olg.ca/en-ca/home-page. OLG Pick 3 results may be found there as well, by the way. As for their support service, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) can be reached via the following contact details:
- OLG Support Centre: 1-800-387-0098
- Center for prize claims: 20 Dundas Street, West Toronto, ONM5G 2C2
Keep in mind that players must be 18 or over to play.
Check OLG Pick 3 results
OLG Pick 3 results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) in Toronto. At the moment, draws are held 14 times a week. To be more precise, they are held on each day of the week, at 2 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). The numbers are drawn using the Ryo Catteau ball machine. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on February 4, 2006, or 15 years, 8 months and 16 days ago.
How it works: picking up OLG Pick 3 numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 3 / 0-9. As you can see, players are to choose three main OLG Pick 3 numbers from the range between 0 and 9 OLG Pick 3 numbers. There are several ways to play this game. Players, for instance, may choose either 2 or 3 identical numbers, as well as 3 unique numbers. In any of the cases, both prizes and odds will be different. Besides, it matters whether the player managed to guess numbers in the exact order or not.
Pick3 winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers three prize categories. The amount of the top prize is fixed, which means that Ontario Pick 3 is not the one to bring you a record-high jackpot. For now, it accounts for the total sum of the prize pool divided by the number of winners. Luckily, the fact that the jackpot is quite modest is compensated by indeed high winning odds! As shown by official estimates, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,000. In particular, you will have to correctly guess all the three OLG Pick 3 numbers. An important thing is that it is necessary to guess them in the exact order. For more information, please look at the table below:
Approximate Odds of Winning
Three digits are identical (e.g. 000, 111, 222, etc.)
Total prize pool divided by number of winners.
1 : 1,000
Two of the three digits are identical and the remaining one digit is unique and different (e.g. 010, 223, 455, etc.)
3 x Box Play prize
Number of Box Play winning shares + (3 x number of Straight Play winning shares)
1 : 333
Three digits of the winning number are unique and different (e.g. 123, 246, 978 etc)
6 x Box Play prize
Number of Box Play winning shares + (6 x number of Straight Play winning shares)
1 : 167
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 10.
The minimum cost of playing is CAD $1, but there are also $2, $5, and $10 wagers. The lottery does not offer any opportunities to multiply prizes. A good news is that there is a chance to win an extra prize if to take part in Encore, an add-on game with a chance to win CAD $1 mln per an additional $1 cost.
Hot and cold OLG Pick 3 numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 1, 2, and 3. The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 4, 6, and 9.
Payouts of Pick3 prizes
Keep in mind that Ontario Pick 3 jackpot can only be paid out as a lump sum. Pay attention that in case there are several winners, the top prize is to be shared. As for prizes of other categories, amounts under CAD $1,000 can be claimed at lottery retailers and prize centers, while those above $1,000 – at prize centers only. A great thing is that Ontario Pick 3 winnings are tax free. One more thing to take into account is that all the prizes are to be claimed within one year from the day of the draw or otherwise the winning ticket expires, regardless of OLG Pick 3 results.