July 14, 2014 – With drawings twice a day, six days a week and a single drawing on Sunday, the South Carolina Lottery’s Pick 4 game makes hundreds or even thousands of winners each week, but this past Sunday’s drawing was much more than the average day for Pick 4 players.
Pick 4 players have their choice of four wagers – straight, where you try to match all four numbers in order; box play, where you must match the winning numbers in any order; a straight/box combo, which covers both play types; and a combination play that is the same as 4, 6, 12 or 24 straight plays.
Sunday night’s winning numbers were 1, 9, 1, 9, numbers which apparently plenty of South Carolina players had on their tickets.
According to the S.C. Lottery’s winner tally for the drawing, nearly 1,500 players won a prize with a box play, and an incredible 644 players won straight-play prizes. In all, 2,118 tickets won a prize in Sunday’s drawing.
The tally doesn’t detail how many players bet on a straight/box combo or one of the straight combinations, so the exact amount of money won Sunday night is as of now a mystery.
However, straight-play prizes are the same across the board – $2,500 for a $0.50 wager, and $5,000 for a $1.00 wager. That means that at the very least, winners who matched Sunday’s Pick 4 numbers in order will take home $1.61 million in prizes.
At the most, all those winners could have scored $3.2 million.
On average, only a handful of winners manage to match the four winning numbers in order on any given day. The last time Pick 4 players had success on such a grand scale was on May 19, when 207 players matched the numbers in order during the evening drawing.
That’s less than one-third the number of straight-play winners made Sunday night.
So for all those Pick 4 players celebrating a windfall today, congratulations. For the rest, keep your fingers crossed – mass wins like yesterday’s don’t happen often, but they do happen. You just can’t win if you don’t play.