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# pick 3 rules question

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OC, CALI
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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:02 pm - IP Logged

Hi all, I'm brand new to this game, and i know these are probably stupid questions, but i'm not 100% sure about the answers, and it seems to be important if i'm going to be developing a strat

The rules for CA daily 3 state the ways you can win and the odds:

Winning # is 529:

Str - 529 - 1 in 1000

Box (3 unique) - 529,592,952,925,259,295 - 1 in 167

Box -  (2 identical & 1 unique) - 599,959,995 - 1 in 333

1) There is lot more ways to win the 3rd way than whats listed right? Such as 552, 229, etc?

2) If the number that comes out has a double, such as 522 and my ticket was 529, would I still lose?

3) If the answer to number 2 is YES, then how is it that it is harder to hit with 2 identical and 1 unique versus 3 unique?

Once again sorry for the newb questions

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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:28 pm - IP Logged

I'm no pro at this but your answer to #2 is YES. You would still lose unless your state's PICK-3 drawing allowed betting front or back pairs. So if the winning draw was 5-2-9, you would win playing front pair 5-2 or back pair 2-9. If you can't play pairs then you would lose.

The answer to #3 is:

Every draw has the same odds in winning. That is, 1:1000 because there are 1,000 possible combinations. 0 - 0 - 0 to 9 - 9 -9.

With a Box bet of 3 different numbers, 5-2-9. You get six combinations: 529,592,259,295,925,952 so 1,000 combinations divided by 6 = 166.6666666666666 or 167 rounded up.

With a box bet of 1 unique and 2 same numbers 5-5-2. You only get 3 combinations that would win. 552,525,255

So 1,000 divided by 3 =  333.33333333333 or 333 rounded down.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck.

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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

Ohh, I was very confused about the 1 unique and 2 same number thing. I get it now, thanks for the quick answer :)

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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:34 pm - IP Logged

And just to clarify, if you play pairs and win, the winnings are only a fraction of the prize.....generally in the 20.00 range...

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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:37 pm - IP Logged

I guess what confused me is that it said

Str - 529 - 1 in 1000

Then

Box -  (2 identical & 1 unique) - 599,959,995 - 1 in 333

So were they not using the winning number 529 for the 2 identical and 1 unique example?

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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:49 pm - IP Logged

STR = Straight...meaning you only win if you play 5-2-9 and the draw comes out 5-2-9. Playing a pick marked as straight only gives you 1 combination..... or 1:1000

BOX = Boxed...meaning: 3 unique numbers gives you 6 combinations or 2 identical & 1 unique number gives you 3 combinations as my example above. I think you are trying to combine the examples they gave.

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 Posted: March 20, 2008, 4:54 pm - IP Logged

Yup, just got confused because for the first two examples they gave, the numbers are shared. Thanks for the help :)

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