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# newbie question on pick 3 games

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What does someone mean when they ask for a play 3 slip with backup play type? The play types I can choose from are Str, Box, Str/Box, Combo, Front Pair, Back Pair and Split. I am always asked for a play 3 backup ticket and don't understand which play type that corresponds to. Thanks in advance!

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What does someone mean when they ask for a play 3 slip with backup play type? The play types I can choose from are Str, Box, Str/Box, Combo, Front Pair, Back Pair and Split. I am always asked for a play 3 backup ticket and don't understand which play type that corresponds to. Thanks in advance!

Perhaps they mean a box bet?  That way you're covered no matter what order it comes in. I've never heard that term. Maybe

it's a local thing...?

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 Posted: September 18, 2013, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

What does someone mean when they ask for a play 3 slip with backup play type? The play types I can choose from are Str, Box, Str/Box, Combo, Front Pair, Back Pair and Split. I am always asked for a play 3 backup ticket and don't understand which play type that corresponds to. Thanks in advance!

Welcome Trek40, I went to the Connecticut website & here are the definitions for the different types of wagers. The back-up wager is explained below.

Straight: Match the winning three-digit number in exact order.

Box: Match the winning three-digit number in any order.

Super Straight: Match the winning combination in any order, win a Straight payout. (Only available on 50Â¢ and \$1.00 wagers.)

Back-Up: Wager in even-dollar increments only, from \$1.00 to \$5.00 per ticket. Half your wager is straight, half your bet is boxed.

Pair: Match the first two, last two or first and last digit of the three-digit number in exact order.

Future Day wagers: You can buy tickets for all of our Daily games for any one drawing held within the next 7 days, up to 7 days in advance!

Mid-Day3 and Mid-Day4 Advance Action wagers: You can buy tickets for up to 5 consecutive drawings, starting with the current day's drawing.

Play3 and Play4 Advance Action wagers: You can buy tickets for up to 7 consecutive drawings, starting with the current day's drawing.

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 Posted: September 18, 2013, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

The lottery terminal would have that option on it just as it has all the other options.

Here on Texas it is called "Exact-Any", half the bet is straight and the other half is boxed.

A \$2 dollars bet is \$1 straight and \$1 boxed, a \$1 bet is 50 cents straight and 50 cents boxed.

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 Posted: September 18, 2013, 11:31 pm - IP Logged

What does someone mean when they ask for a play 3 slip with backup play type? The play types I can choose from are Str, Box, Str/Box, Combo, Front Pair, Back Pair and Split. I am always asked for a play 3 backup ticket and don't understand which play type that corresponds to. Thanks in advance!

Ttraditionally the straight/box bet was called "backup" probably because you still win it your three digits are not in the correct order. The bet is made with two equal bets on both ways. Different lotteries give it a different name, but it's the same bet.