Oklahoma Lottery Commission Unanimously Authorizes Launch of Pick 3 Game
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – November 8, 2005
By a vote of 6-0, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission today authorized the beginning of ticket sales for the state’s first computerized online lottery game. Pick 3 will debut on Thursday, a month after the lottery’s successful October 12 launch of instant scratch-off games.
To play Pick 3, players must select one number from zero to nine from each of three sets of numbers. Players have the option of marking a “play slip” that is inserted into a lottery terminal by the retailer, telling their numbers to a clerk, or requesting an “Easy Pick.” With the Easy Pick option, the terminal randomly generates a three-digit number. For each option, players receive a ticket showing the numbers selected.
Each play costs one dollar (see attached How to Play and Win chart). Prizes range from $50 to $500. The odds of winning range from 1 in 100 to 1 in 1,000.
Beginning Thursday night at 9:10 CST, Pick 3 drawings will be telecast live on the following lottery drawing stations:
- KOKH-Fox and KOCB-WB in Oklahoma City
- KWBT-WB in Tulsa
Pick 3 results will be available immediately after each drawing on the lottery’s official website at www.lottery.ok.gov. Additionally, the numbers will be distributed to the media for television and radio broadcast as well as printed daily in newspapers throughout the state.
“Based on findings from other states, we know that Pick 3 players are very loyal. The appeal of this game is that it gives players an opportunity to try their luck with the same numbers, or with new numbers, every single day, and then find out each night whether they’ve won,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “Our version of Pick 3 will offer five exciting ways to win, and it’s important to emphasize that for players to experience the full excitement of the game, they will want to become familiar with all of the possible ways to play.”
The lottery and its vendor-partner Scientific Games will host a series of “How to Play Pick 3” kick-off parties from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST on Thursday at high-traffic lottery retail locations throughout the state. Staff members will be explaining the new game and giving away prizes, including free Easy Pick tickets, for those who participate in the promotion.
Earlier today, the lottery launched a Pick 3 web page on its official website explaining how to play the game, including information on the odds and the various ways to win. How to Play brochures (English and Spanish) will also be available at lottery retail locations. An integrated campaign to promote and educate players about Pick 3 – which includes television, radio and print, as well as point-of-sale advertising – begins Thursday.
Currently, the Pick 3 game is sold in 34 other U.S. jurisdictions, including the four lottery states contiguous to Oklahoma. Pick 3 sales were approximately $5.7 billion in fiscal 2005, representing just over 27 percent of total online lottery sales in the U.S.
“Pick 3 is just one more way for our players to have fun while also helping to support the education programs of Oklahoma,” said Scroggins.
|How to Play||Odds|
|If You Play|
|How You Win||What You Win|
Any 3-digit number from 000 to 999. Match in exact order.
|6-Way Combination (Box):|
Any 3-digit number with all different digits. Match in any order.
|168||123||123, 213, 312,|
132, 231, 321
|3-Way Combination (Box):|
Any 3-digit number with 2 digits the same. Match in any order.
Match just the first two digits.
|100||12X||Any 3-digit number|
that begins with 12.
Match just the last two digits.
|100||X23||Any 3-digit number|
that ends with 23.