Ontario - Pick 4
Pick 4 is a popular lottery game played in Ontario, with draws held twice a day.
A midday draw is held at 14:00 local time, followed by an evening draw at 22:30. Tickets are available all day, although tickets purchased before 14:00 are eligible for the midday draw only, with players needing to buy tickets for the evening draw separately, or an Advance Play ticket if they wish to cover both.
Pick 4 tickets cost CAD 1.00.
Four numbers from 0 to 9 must be chosen, with it possible to choose the same four numbers if you wish due to each number being selected independently. Quick Pick is available for randomly generated numbers.
Players must choose between Straight Play or Box Play. Straight Play only wins by matching all four digits in the order drawn, whereas Box Play opens up the possibility of winning additional tier-based prizes.
Encore can be added for an additional CAD 1.00, with players receiving a random seven-digit number on their ticket for a chance to win the CAD 1 million jackpot by matching all numbers in order. Encore has 21 prize tiers on top of the jackpot!
Pick 4 has a fixed jackpot of CAD 5,000.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the Pick 4 jackpot are 1 in 10,000.
Prizes are available at five different tiers, but to unlock them, players must choose Box Play rather than Straight Play when purchasing a ticket.
|Prize Category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||4, in exact order||1 in 10,000||0.01|
4, with three identical
numbers (e.g.; 1115)
|1 in 2,500||0.04|
4, with two pairs of
|1 in 1,667||0.06|
4, with two identical
numbers (e.g.; 5590)
|1 in 833||0.12|
|5||4, in any order||1 in 417||0.24|
Payout and Taxes
Players have up to one year to claim Pick 4 winnings.
Prizes are paid out as tax-free lump sums.
Who Can Play Pick 4 Ontario?
Players must be at least 18 years of age to enter Pick 4.
Tickets are on sale at lottery retailers across Ontario, and while the lottery operator has a website and mobile app, these platforms are for information purposes only.
Pick 4 in Ontario is not available to players elsewhere in Canada or from overseas; however, the Western Canada Lottery Corporation runs a game of the same name and of a similar format in its own provinces.
History of Pick 4 Ontario
Launched on February 4, 2006, Pick 4 is operated by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission. Originally a once-daily game, a second draw was added on June 5, 2012.