Launched in December 2016, Pick 3 is a daily play game from the National Lottery in which players try to predict various combinations of three balls, each drawn from pools of 0 to 9. Players can choose the level of their bet and decide the numbers they predict will be drawn to win prizes of between R150 and R10,000.
Pick 3 games take place every day except Christmas Day at 8pm, with results broadcast on e.TV at 8:45pm. Tickets for Pick 3 games can be bought up until 7:30pm on the day of each respective draw.Latest Pick 3 Results ›
How to Play Pick 3
Players use a Pick 3 bet slip to choose numbers from three fields, each numbered 0 to 9. This can be done either manually or automatically (by selecting the “Quick Pick” option). Before choosing their numbers, however, players must decide two things:
- How much they wish to bet in each game.
- The type of bet they wish to make, also known as their “Pick”.
Players can bet four possible amounts: R3, R5, R10 or R20.
Bet Types and How to Play
There are six different types of bet, or “Picks”, that can be played in Pick 3, each with different odds of winning and prizes on offer.
Here are the six types of Picks available and how to win each:
|Pick Type||How to Play||How to Win|
|Straight||Select one number from each field||Match all three numbers in order|
|Mix (3-Way Mix)||Select one number from each field(with 2 numbers the same)||Match all three numbers in any order|
|Mix (6-Way Mix)||Select one number from each field(each number must be different)||Match all three numbers in any order|
|Front Pair||Select one number from field one and one number from field two||Match the first and second numbers in order|
|Split Pair||Select one number from field one and one number from field three||Match the first and third numbers in order|
|Back Pair||Select one number from field two and one number from field three||Match the second and third numbers in order|
Pick 3 Prizes
The amount a player wins in Pick 3 depends on two things: the amount they bet, and their type of bet, or “Pick”. The table below shows prize amounts for each Pick depending on the size of the player’s bet.
|Pick Type||R3 Bet Prize||R5 Bet Prize||R10 Bet Prize||R20 Bet Prize|
|Mix (3-Way Mix)||R501||R835||R1,670||R3,340|
|Mix (6-Way Mix)||R252||R420||R840||R1,680|
Pick 3 Odds of Winning
The table below shows the odds of winning each of the six types of bet that can be played in Pick 3.
|Pick Type||Odds of Winning|
|Straight||1 in 1,000|
|Mix (3-Way Mix)||1 in 333|
|Mix (6-Way Mix)||1 in 167|
|Front Pair||1 in 100|
|Split Pair||1 in 100|
|Back Pair||1 in 100|
Checking your Pick 3 Tickets
To find out if you’ve won a prize in the Pick 3 draw, you can do any of the following: watch the results on e.TV; present your ticket to be scanned at an officially licensed retailer; check the Pick 3 results page to compare the winning numbers to those on your ticket.