General information about SC Lottery Pick 3
This is the US based lottery game that was launched in March, 2002, or 18 years, 4 months and 5 days ago. Midday drawings take place since July 1, 2003. Carolina Pick 3 is currently available only in South Carolina. This is a widely popular lottery, but it has still always been known as Carolina Pick 3. The game-play format wasn’t changing since the game was launched. The lottery is operated by South Carolina Education Lottery. In case you want to know more about South Carolina Education Lottery, here is their official website: http://www.sceducationlottery.com. Pick 3 SC results may be found there as well, by the way. As for their support service, South Carolina Education Lottery can be reached via the following contact details:
- Player Questions: 1-866-736-9819
- HQ: 1309 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Keep in mind that players must be 18 or over to play.
Check Pick 3 SC results
Pick 3 SC results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of South Carolina Education Lottery in Columbia. At the moment, draws are held 13 times a week. To be more precise, they are held on each day of the week, at 1:00 PM and 6:59 PM Eastern Time. Sunday, however, is an exception as drawings are held only in the evening. The numbers are drawn using the Mechanical Lottery Ball Machine. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on March 7, 2002, or 18 years, 4 months and 5 days ago.
How it works: picking up Pick 3 SC numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 3 / 0-9. As you can see, players are to choose three main Pick 3 SC numbers from the range between 0 and 9 Pick 3 SC numbers. Pay attention that there are neither bonus, nor additional numbers.
SC Lottery Pick 3 winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers four prize categories. Carolina Pick 3 offers no jackpot to its players. The top prize is $500. Luckily, the fact that this is quite a modest amount 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 Pick 3 SC numbers. The key thing is to guess them in the exact order. For more information, please look at the table below:
1 : 1,000
1 : 333
1 : 167
3-Way Straight / Box
1 : 1,000
1 : 500
6-Way Straight / Box
1 : 1,000
1 : 200
1 : 333
1 : 167
Front / Back Pair
1 : 100
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 5,6.
SC Lottery Pick 3 prices
The minimum cost of playing is $0.50, but it is possible to choose higher wager. The lottery does not offer any opportunities to multiply prizes. No add-on games are provided, either.
Hot and cold Pick 3 SC numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 1, 9, 4 (Midday) and 8, 2, 9 (Evening). The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 8, 3, 6 (Midday) and 0, 6, 4 (Evening).
Payouts of SC Lottery Pick 3 prizes
All the prizes of up to $500 can be received at lottery retailer locations. Larger amounts are payable at prize centers. Apart from this, all the prizes can be redeemed by mail. Unfortunately, Carolina Pick 3 winnings are subject to taxation. In particular, taxes are withheld from lottery winnings over $500. 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 Pick 3 SC results.