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How to Play Numbers:

  1. Go to your New York Lottery retailer, and tell him your three lucky numbers and that you want to play New York Daily Numbers. Be sure to tell him the drawing you want to play: Midday and/or Evening. If you do not, the Lottery terminal will automatically pick the next available drawing. It's as easy as that.

  2. Or use a playcard. Each playcard has 4 games. You may play 1, 2, 3, or 4 games.

  3. Select three digits (numbers) in each game you want.

  4. For each game played, select a wager type: straight, box, straight/ box, or combination. Ask your retailer for a Numbers brochure for an explanation of wager types or go to our Odds section for more details.

  5. For each game played, select an amount to wager: 50¢ or $1.00. note: straight/ box must select 50¢ wager amount for total cost of $1.00 (50¢ for straight/ 50¢ for box).

  6. If you want to play more than one ticket per game panel, select the number of tickets. Don't forget to tell the retailer Midday or Evening drawing. For a single play, no mark is required. You can play up to ten tickets per game panel.

  7. If you want to play for more than one day, select a number of days and tell your Lottery retailer if you want to play Midday only, Evening only or both daily draws each day of advance play. You will receive one ticket for Midday drawings and a separate ticket for Evening drawings. Each ticket will be clearly marked "Midday" or "Evening".

  8. Use only blue or black pen or pencil for marking. Red ink will not be accepted. Mark your selections with heavy vertical marks. DO NOT ERASE. If you make a mistake, mark the VOID box for that game and move to the next game.

  9. If you can't think of three numbers, just mark the Quick Pick option to have the computer randomly select all of your numbers for you. No partial quick picks are allowed.

  10. Present your completed playcard to any New York Lottery retailer for processing. And good luck!

Play daily by 12:20 p.m. for the Midday draw and by 7:30 p.m. for the Evening draw.

Play in Advance:

If you want to play for more than one day, select a number of days and tell your Lottery retailer if you want to play Midday only, Evening only or both daily drawings each day of advance play.  You will receive one ticket for Midday drawings and a separate ticket for Evening drawings. Each ticket will be clearly marked "Midday" or "Evening".

Lucky Sum:

You can now play Lucky Sum! A new add-on feature to Daily Numbers, for an extra $1, you can win a prize even if your exact numbers aren't drawn. Just tell your retailer you want to play in addition to your regular numbers wager. Here's how:

  • Match the sum of your numbers to the sum of the winning numbers. For example:
  • Numbers wager: 2, 5, 4 = Lucky Sum 11. If the sum of your numbers is 11, you win!
  • Prizes for Numbers vary from $6.50 to $500.

Prize Payout:

PLAY TYPE ODDS EXAMPLE IF YOU PLAY YOU WIN IF ANY OF THESE WINNING NUMBERS ARE DRAWN PAYOFF FOR 50¢ PLAY PAYOFF FOR $1 PLAY
STRAIGHT PLAY Your number must match the winning number drawn exactly in order.
Your number must match the winning number drawn exactly in order. 1000:1 123 123-only an exact match wins $250 $500
BOX PLAYS You can match the winning number drawn in any order.
3-WAY BOX/ Select a 3-digit number in which 2 digits are the same, and you have 3 ways to win. 333:1 122 122, 212, 221 $80 $160
6-WAY BOX/ Select a 3-digit number in which all 3 digits are different, and you have 6 ways to win. 167:1 213 213, 321, 123, 132, 312, 231 $40 $80
STRAIGHT / BOX PLAYS These are a straight play and a box play on one ticket. You win both the straight and box prizes if your number matches the winning number drawn exactly in order. Win only the box prize if you match in any other order.
3-WAY STRAIGHT/ BOX Select a 3-digit number in which 2 digits are the same, and you have 3 ways to win. 333:1 122 122-exactly 212 or 221 NA
NA
$330
$80
6-WAY STRAIGHT/ BOX Select a 3-digit number in which all 3 digits are different, and you have 6 ways to win. 167:1 321 321-exactly 231, 213, 312, 123, 132 NA
NA
$290
$40
COMBINATION PLAYS These are several straight plays combined on one ticket. Your number can match the winning number drawn in any order.
3-WAY COMBINATION Select a 3-digit number in which 2 digits are the same, and you have 3 ways to win. 333:1 122 122, 212, 221 $250 ($1.50 play) $500 ($3 play)
6-WAY COMBINATION Select a 3-digit number in which all 3 digits are different, and you have 6 ways to win. 167:1 231 231, 213, 321, 312, 123, 132 $250 ($3 play) $500 ($6 play)
PAIR PLAYS Select a 2-digit number. Your number must match either the first 2 or last 2 digits of the winning number drawn, in order.
FRONT PAIR PLAY 100:1 12x 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129 $25 $50
BACK PAIR PLAY 100:1 x12 012, 112, 212, 312, 412, 512, 612, 712, 812, 912 $25 $50
LUCKY SUM A new add-on feature to Daily Numbers, for an extra $1, you can win a prize even if your exact numbers aren't drawn.
Sum of Number Picked Number of Ways to Match a Number Expected Odds PRIZE
0 1 1,000 $500.00
1 3 333 $166.00
2 6 167 $83.00
3 10 100 $50.00
4 15 67 $33.00
5 21 48 $23.50
6 28 36 $17.50
7 36 28 $13.50
8 45 22 $11.00
9 55 18 $9.00
10 63 16 $7.50
11 69 14 $7.00
12 73 14 $6.50
13 75 13 $6.50
14 75 13 $6.50
15 73 14 $6.50
16 69 14 $7.00
17 63 16 $7.50
18 55 18 $9.00
19 45 22 $11.00
20 36 28 $13.50
21 28 36 $17.50
22 21 48 $23.50
23 15 67 $33.00
24 10 100 $50.00
25 6 167 $83.00
26 3 333 $166.00
27 1 1,000 $500.00

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