Understanding Pick 4 Chances

You may already know that the chance of winning the Pick 4 top prize of $6,000 is 1 in 10,000. But you might wonder how those odds are determined.

Pick 4 winning numbers are the result of four separate and independent drawings. In each drawing, one winning number is selected from 10 possible outcomes, 0 through 9. Each selection is completely separate and has no effect on the other three drawings.

So the chance of any number being drawn in each of the four drawings that select the winning numbers for Pick 4 is 1 out of a possible 10 or 1 chance in 10. To get the top prize of $6,000, a player must correctly pick all four separate winning numbers, meaning they have a 1 in 10 chance of correctly selecting the winner in each of the four draws that make up the Pick 4 winning numbers selected twice daily.

To get the overall probability of choosing all four correctly, we multiply the probabilities of selecting the correct outcome in each separate selection:

mathematical formula

The player has one chance to correctly choose the winning outcome out of 10,000 possible outcomes (10,000 different combinations) each time a Pick 4 drawing is conducted. That means there are 10,000 different ways the numbers could be drawn, and the player has one of those possible outcomes as his/her numbers.

We hope this helps to better explain the chances of winning the top prize in Pick 4.

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