Win 4

Win 4 gives you the option to play in different ways and for a variety of cash prizes. There are two draws every day. The first takes place at midday, between 12:20 and 12:30pm Eastern Time, and the evening draw is held from 7.30-7.40pm EST. Ticket sales close just before each game starts and you can see the latest winning numbers on the results page shortly after each draw has been completed.

How to Play Win 4

To play Win 4, select four numbers from 0 to 9. You can either choose your own numbers or opt for a Quick Pick to have them randomly selected. It costs $0.50 or $1 per play and the amount you pay determines how much you can win.

You also have to decide on your play type, and there are different options depending on whether you want to try and increase your chances of winning or go for a larger prize. See below for more information about the different ways you can play.

If you already have a Win 4 ticket from a drawing in the previous 30 days, you can ask to play it again and you will be given an identical entry for the next drawing. You can also play the same numbers for up to 14 draws in advance.

  1. Visit Retailer Find your nearest official New York Lottery retailer
  2. Choose and Pay Choose four numbers between 0 and 9 or opt for a Quick Pick
  3. Play Type Select a play type
  4. Midday and/or Evening Decide whether you want to enter the midday or evening draw, or both
  5. Ticket Keep your ticket safe
  6. Check Results Check the latest results page to see if you’re a winner!

Play Types, Prizes and Odds of Winning

You can select from the following play types when you buy a ticket for Win 4. Each one offers different ways to win and different prize amounts.

Straight

By playing a straight, you're aiming to match the winning numbers in the exact order they are drawn. For example, if your chosen line is 1234, you can only win if the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 are drawn in that order.

Game Type Odds of Winning Prize (per $0.50 play) Prize (per $1 play)
Straight 1 in 10,000 $2,500 $5,000

Box

The objective of a box play is to match the winning numbers in any order. Box plays also break down into four different options, each of which offers different odds of winning and different prizes:

The prizes awarded for a box play change depending on which type you choose, as the odds of winning vary. For example, it is easier to win with a 24-way box than it is with a 4-way box, as there are more possible combinations to match, so the size of the prizes on offer differs accordingly.

Game Type Odds of Winning Prize (per $0.50 play) Prize (per $1 play)
4-Way Box 1 in 2,500 $600 $1,200
6-Way Box 1 in 1,667 $400 $800
12-Way Box 1 in 833 $200 $400
24-Way Box 1 in 417 $100 $200

Straight/Box

If you opt for a straight/box, you are playing both a straight and a box play at the same time. You pay $1, split between both game types ($0.50 for a straight and $0.50 for a box). If you match the numbers drawn in the exact order, you win with both plays. If you match all the winning numbers, but not in the correct order, you win the box play only.

For example, if you play a 4-way box and match the numbers in the right order, you win the $2,500 prize for matching the straight, as well the $600 box prize. If you match all the numbers but not in the correct order, you just win the $600 box prize.

Game Type Odds of Winning Prize For Exact Match (Straight + Box) Prize For Any Other Match (Box)
4-Way Box
(3 digits the same)
1 in 2,500 $3,100 $600
6-Way Box
(2 identical pairs)
1 in 1,667 $2,900 $400
12-Way Box
(2 digits the same)
1 in 833 $2,700 $200
24-Way Box
(4 different digits)
1 in 417 $2,600 $100

Combination Play

With this play type, you cover all the possible straight combinations within one set of numbers. Just like a box play, you can either opt for a 4-way, 6-way, 12-way or 24-way combination, but the difference is you will be paying more to play and the potential rewards are bigger.

For example, if you play a 4-way combination and choose the numbers 1119, you will also play every other combination of those numbers: 1191, 1911 and 9111. You can pay either $0.50 or $1 per combination, with bigger prizes on offer for the larger stake. If you choose to play a 4-way combination, for example, you can pay a total of $2 – $0.50 for each of the four combinations played – for the chance to win $2,500, or double your stake to $4 for the chance to win $5,000.

Game Type Odds of Winning Minimum Cost ($0.50 per combination) Prize (at minimum cost)
4-Way Box
(3 digits the same)
1 in 2,500 $2 $2,500
6-Way Box
(2 identical pairs)
1 in 1,667 $3 $2,500
12-Way Box
(2 digits the same)
1 in 833 $6 $2,500
24-Way Box
(4 different digits)
1 in 417 $12 $2,500

Pair Play

In Pair Play, you just have to select a two-digit number, and then choose whether you want to try and match the front pair or the back pair of the winning line. You must decide at the point of entry which pair you are playing.

Game Type Odds of Winning Prize (per $0.50 play) Prize (per $1 play)
Front Pair
(First 2 digits)
1 in 100 $25 $50
Back Pair
(Last 2 digits)
1 in 100 $25 $50

Claiming Win 4 Prizes

If you win a prize up to and including $600, you can claim the money from any New York Lottery retailer. Prizes of a larger value must be claimed at one of the New York Lottery’s Customer Service Centers.

All prizes over $5,000 are subject to federal and state taxes, regardless of where you live. Residents of New York City and Yonkers will also have to pay a local tax on their winnings. Consult with a tax advisor for clarification regarding your own tax situation.