General information about PA Lottery Pick 4
This is the US based lottery game that was launched in November, 1980, or 40 years, 10 months and 4 days ago. Day drawings take place since February 11, 2003. Pick 4 Pennsylvania is currently available only in Pennsylvania. Previously, the lottery was known as Big 4 (up to January 27, 2015). The game-play format wasn’t changing since the game was launched. The lottery is operated by Pennsylvania Lottery. In case you want to know more about Pennsylvania Lottery, here is their official website: https://www.palottery.state.pa.us. Pick 4 PA results may be found there as well, by the way. As for their support service, Pennsylvania Lottery can be reached via the following contact details:
- HQ: 1200 Fulling Mill Road, Suite 1, Middletown, PA 17057
- HQ phone number: (717) 702-8000
Keep in mind that players must be 18 or over to play.
Check Pick 4 PA results
Pick 4 PA results are aired right after the drawings that take place in the headquarters of Pennsylvania Lottery in Middletown. At the moment, draws are held 14 times a week. To be more precise, they are held on each day of the week, at 1:35 PM and 6:59 PM Eastern Time. The numbers are drawn using the Computer Random Number Generator. In case you were curious, the first ever draw was held on November 22, 1980, or 40 years, 10 months and 4 days ago.
How it works: picking up Pick 4 PA numbers
The currently applied format is as follows: 4 / 0-9. As you can see, players are to choose four main Pick 4 PA numbers from the range between 0 and 9 Pick 4 PA numbers. Also, according to PA Lottery Pick 4 rules, one bonus number is to be additionally picked up from the range of 0-9. As you might know, the bonus number is called Wild Ball. Pay attention that it is optional, but it can significantly increase your winning chances.
PA Lottery Pick 4 winning odds & prize categories
The lottery currently offers eight prize categories. The top prize is $5,000 (with $1 wager). Luckily, the fact that this is a comparatively modest amount is compensated by indeed high winning odds! As shown by official estimates, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 10,000. In particular, you will have to correctly guess all the four Pick 4 PA numbers. The basic thing is to guess them in the exact order. For more information, please look at the table below:
1 : 10,000
1 : 833
Straight + Box (12-way)
1 : 10,000
1 : 833
Straight + Wild Card
1 : 2,500
Box (12-way) + Wild Card
1 : 208
Straight + Box (12-way) + Wild Card
1 : 2,500
1 : 208
The overall winning chances, in turn, are 1 in 5,6.
PA Lottery Pick 4 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 4 PA numbers
The lottery’s most often drawn numbers are 7, 9, 8, 2 (Midday) and 2, 8, 3, 4 (Evening). The cold, or the least frequent numbers are 3, 5, 1, 6 (Midday) and 5, 9, 0, 7 (Evening).
Payouts of PA Lottery Pick 4 prizes
All the prizes under $600 can be received at lottery retailer locations. If you happen to win more, you will need to visit one of the prize centers. Also, winning tickets can be sent by mail. Unfortunately, Pick 4 Pennsylvania winnings are subject to taxation: for the US citizens, there is the federal tax for prizes over $5,000 and state income tax for prizes over $600. 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 4 PA results.