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Daily 3

How To Play


Step 1: Find

Find a Daily 3 retailer close to home, work or your favorite coffee shop. With more than 21,000 California Lottery retail locations, a place to play is never too far away.

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Step 2: Pick

Pick three lucky numbers from 0 to 9, marking one number per row on a Daily 3 playslip. Or, play randomly generated numbers with Quick Pick®.

Next pick your playstyle: Straight, Box or Straight/Box.

Then pick your draw: Midday, Evening or both.

One playslip can hold up to five plays using your lucky numbers and you may play as many playslips as you like.

To play the same numbers and playstyle for consecutive draws, just mark Advance Play®.

Playstyle

Daily 3 has three different playstyles:

Straight - Your numbers must match the winning numbers in exactly the same order.

Box - Your numbers must match the winning numbers in ANY order.

Straight/Box - This is a combination of both the Straight and Box playstyles and your $1 play is split evenly between the two ways of winning. If you match the winning numbers in exact order, you win approximately half the Straight prize plus approximately half the Box prize. If you match the winning numbers in any other order, you win approximately half the Box prize only.

Advance Play

Advance Play allows you to play multiple draws with one purchase.

You can play the same numbers and playstyle for 1-7 or 14 consecutive draws on one playslip by marking the Advance Play box.

Because Daily 3 has two draws per day, playing 14 consecutive draws will result in 7 days of play.

Note: Make sure to mark your numbers with either blue or black ink. And if you make a mistake, don’t erase. Just mark the VOID box.

Player’s Strategies

A shared prize pool means that less-played numbers have a better chance at bigger prizes. For this reason, some players try to select less-played numbers with the hopes to split the prize pool with fewer people.

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Remember, to win Daily 3 all of your numbers must match all of the winning numbers. Each number is independent of the other two numbers. That means, if the winning numbers are 3-3-1, you must have a three, another three, and a one in your chosen numbers to win.


Step 3: Buy

Give your playslip to the store clerk along with $1 for each play to receive a Daily 3 ticket, which is your receipt.

Your ticket displays your numbers and selected playstyle for each play, the draw date and whether you’re playing the Midday or Evening draw and the dollar amount paid.

Always check the accuracy of your numbers and sign the back of your ticket.

Learn about other ways to buy a ticket »


Step 4: Check

To see if you’ve won, find winning numbers here on the website. Or, scan the barcode on your ticket at a Lottery retailer.

The Daily 3 draws occur every day right after the draw entry closes at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to claim a prize »


Daily 3 Playstyle Examples and Odds

Daily 3 offers two draws every day, three ways to play and several ways to match and win! It doesn’t get any easier than Daily 3.

If you play: You win if the numbers drawn are: Prize you win is:
Straight: 5-1-6
Your numbers must match the winning numbers in EXACT order
Odds: 1 in 1,000
5-1-6 Straight prize
Box: 6-6-5
(2 like numbers)

ALL of your numbers must match ALL of the winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 333
6-6-5, 6-5-6, 5-6-6 Box prize
Box: 5-1-6
(3 different numbers)

ALL of your numbers must match ALL of the winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 167
6-1-5, 6-5-1, 5-1-6,
5-6-1, 1-6-5, 1-5-6
Box prize
Straight/Box: 7-9-7
(2 like numbers)

Odds: 1 in 333
7-9-7 Exact Order

7-9-7, 9-7-7, 7-7-9 Any Order
Exact Order pays Straight & Box prize

Any Order pays Box Only Prize
Straight/Box: 6-5-1
(3 different numbers)

Odds: 1 in 167
6-5-1 Exact Order

6-5-1, 5-1-6, 5-6-1,
1-6-5, 1-5-6 Any Order
Exact Order pays Straight & Box prize

Any Order pays Box Only Prize
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