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How does '1-OFF' work? Your questions, our answers

March 20, 2015 Posted by NC Lottery at 9:24 AM
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Lots of players are having fun playing the new 1-OFF play type on their Pick3/Pick 4 tickets, and many Lucke-Zone members have chimed in with positive feedback.

“I have won $220 with the new feature. I love it!” - Syeda118

“1-OFF is a great way to play. I have won a couple of times playing that way.” - ninachristina

We have also noticed that some 1-OFF players have questions about how to play. In this blog, we’d like to address a few questions from the comments section of previous entries regarding Pick 3, but the answers apply to Pick 4 as well.

Q: If I pick 3-8-7 and the number drawn is 3-9-6, do I win?

A: Yes! To win a prize playing 1-OFF, each number can only be one number up or down – called “1-OFF” – in the exact order in which the numbers were drawn. Because your middle number is one lower and your third number is one higher than the number drawn, in this case, you would have won $10 on a $1 play or $5 on a $.50 play.

Q: Let’s say 8-3-7 comes out and I play 1-OFF of 5-8-3. Do I win anything?

A:  No. Because your first number is three numbers higher, your middle number is five numbers lower and your third number is four higher. To win a prize playing 1-OFF, each number can only be one number up or down in the exact order of the numbers drawn.

Q: Let’s say 2-3-4 comes out and I play 1-OFF of 2-3-7. Do I win anything?

A: No. Two numbers matched, but the 7 is three off.

Q: Say I play 4-4-4 with 1-OFF and the Pick 3 number is 4-4-4. Do I win?

A: For the 1-OFF play type, if you play 4-4-4 and it comes out 4-4-4, you don't win on that ticket. At least one of your numbers must be one number higher or lower than what was drawn. So to be clear, if you want to win using your favorite numbers, you'd need another Pick 3 ticket played with the Any/Exact play type. If you think your number is going to be close, then also buy a 1-OFF ticket.

Q: Will the number I choose have to be three different numbers and no double numbers? For example, Can I choose 112 for this game or will only three different numbers work, like 123?

A: With the 1-OFF play type, you can pick any of the possible numbers, 000-999, for Pick 3.  You win a prize if one, two or three of your numbers are 1-OFF. There are 26 possible combinations of numbers that win a prize when you Play Pick 3 with the 1-OFF play type. Pick 4 has 80 possible combinations.

We hope this Q&A helped resolve some questions you may have about 1-OFF.

Remember, the easiest way to see what you can win is to look right at your ticket. Every potential winning number is printed along with the corresponding prize amount.

See you next time, Lucke-Zone!

 

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24 COMMENTS

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9/03/2021 12:32 - Shonda G.

I played 1004 the numbers drawn was 1255 playing 1-off what exactly am I looking for with the rest of the numbers 1 through 4NC Lottery
Hi Shonda, when you play 1-OFF you win a prize if one or more of the numbers you selected are one up or one down of the numbers drawn. In the example that you provided, your last number "4" is one off of the drawn number "5" so that would be a match when playing 1-off. I hope that helps to clear things up!

8/05/2021 03:23 - Kiyanna J.

I played 0764 QP for 50/50 and 1706 came out, is that a winner? NC Lottery
Hi Kiyanna, I am not able to check if those are winning numbers due to liability issues but here is a helpful link where you can enter your numbers and see if you have won: https://nclottery.com/Pick4Check. Good luck, and thank you for being a fan of the lottery!

7/14/2021 07:03 - Ronnie W.

If 2315 is drawn what are one off winning numbers?NC Lottery
Hi Ronnie, great question. With 1-off, you win a prize if one or more of the numbers you selected are one up or one down of the numbers drawn. With 1-off, there are 80 possible winning combinations: all the possible combinations in which each of the four digits is one number higher or lower than each of the player’s four digits.

6/20/2021 03:46 - Pearlie S.

If I play 3806 1-off but the number that come out is 4995

2/21/2021 10:26 - Romeal B.

If I have multiple winning numbers on my tickest1off pick 3 ticket

1/12/2021 10:22 - Tangenia B.

If the winning numbers were 523 but i played 234 1 off did i winNC Lottery
Hi Tangenia, unfortunately those are not winning numbers because the first number 5 is more than one off from the first number 2. Winning numbers would be 634 or 434.

5/29/2020 06:37 - Angelica D.

IS 1-OFF FOR THE SUM-IT-UP TOO? FOR EXAMPLE, IF MY SUMITUOP IS 11 AND THE DRAW IS 12. dOES IS COUNT?NC Lottery
Hi Angelica, 1-OFF does not include the Sum It Up total, it is only for the three drawn numbers. Good luck!

12/11/2019 05:10 - John W.

The website says: "Pick 3 with 1-OFF gives you 26 CHANCES to win based on numbers selected." What are the 26 ways to win if I select 000 as my number? If the digits 0123456789 constitute a cycle, then 0 and 9 should be one-off from each other. Then, the 26 ways to win with 000 should be: 100, 010, 001, 900, 090, 009, 110, 101, 011, 910, 190, 901, 109, 091, 019, 990, 909, 099, 111, 119, 191, 911, 991, 919, 199, 999. I had an unfruitful conversation with an agent who said that 9 was not considered 1-off from 0, but could not tell me the 26 ways to win with 000. Could you please shed some light on this? NC Lottery
Sorry for the miscommunication, John. The number 9 is in fact considered 1-OFF from zero. Whenever you buy a ticket and play 1-OFF, the terminal will print all of the possible winning combinations right on the ticket for you. We hope this helps clear things up.

10/20/2019 07:53 - Arlene A.

I have a ticket,pick 3 1-off. The numbers I played are: 975 and what was drawn was:875(Did I win on this ticket. NC Lottery
Hi Arlene, without seeing your ticket, we can't say for certain. You can always scan the ticket with the ticket checker in our app.

10/07/2019 04:09 - Nicholas K.

I play exact ticket and my numbers are 444 and the winning drawing numbers were 046 do I win anythingNC Lottery
Hi Nicolas, without seeing your ticket, we can't say for sure. If you are ever unsure how much you won, we encourage you to use the ticket checker to find out. You can find one at all lottery retailers as well as on the NC Lottery mobile app.

6/16/2019 03:00 - Tonya M.

I played 0614 50¢ any way 1 off 3127 came out did I winNC Lottery
Hi there Tonya, With 1-OFF, a prize is won when one or more of the numbers you selected are one up or one down of the numbers drawn. If you are ever unsure of whether you won a prize, we encourage you to scan your ticket using the ticket scanner on the app or at any lottery retailer.

6/05/2019 10:38 - herbert D.

If I played 711 and 172 came out, do I win 1-off?NC Lottery
Hi there Herbert, With 1-OFF, a prize is won when one or more of the numbers you selected are one up or one down of the numbers drawn. It looks like your first number is six higher, the second is six lower, and the third is one off. If you are ever unsure of whether you won a prize, we encourage you to scan your ticket using the ticket scanner on the app or at any lottery retailer.

4/18/2019 09:42 - Cynthia C.

If I played 178 and my number came out as 178 but I played 1 number off do I winNC Lottery
Hi Cynthia, For the 1-OFF play type, if you play 1-7-8 and it comes out 1-7-8, you don't win on that ticket. At least one of your numbers must be one number higher or lower than what was drawn.

3/31/2019 03:24 - Janis S.

Ok, so, I picked 464---winning numbers are 465, 474, 564, 464, 454, and 364. It's one number off from each set of numbers, do I win? NC Lottery
All would be winners except 4-6-4. That is an exact match. So your numbers would not be 1-Off. When you buy a I-Off ticket, it's easy to see if you won. Just look right at your ticket. Every potential winning number is printed along with the corresponding prize amount.

6/20/2018 01:18 - Johnny H.

3082 came out but I played 4280 did I win?NC Lottery
Hi Johnny, Since your second and fourth numbers are two off, you did not win. Hope this helps!

5/02/2018 12:06 - Petronilla Jeanne H.

If I play 0967 with one off and the numbers come out 1617 did I lose NC Lottery
Hi Petronillajeanne, Unfortunately, yes. Your second number is three higher than the drawn number and your third number is five higher. Remember, your pick can only be one number off from the drawn number. Good luck next time!

3/21/2015 09:43 - Nattale B.

If I play 583 and the number is 694, or the number comes out 456 and I played 763 do I win. If the game is 1 off then you should win if its one off any combination. I spend a lot of money that I don't have really but I love it, but this game is the first game that I feel takes advantage of my patronage, one off is one off, right?NC Lottery
Your first example is a win, because all of your numbers are one digit off. But not in the second example because 7 is three-off from 4 and 3 is three-off from 6. The prizes for winning a prize playing with 1-OFF are based on the odds of various combinations coming up, so if it was easier to win the prizes would have to be less. That's just the way lottery games work! :)

3/21/2015 05:06 - Charles F.

Why not let players select 6 cash five numbers for a dollar extra?NC Lottery
That's a creative suggestion. It would affect the odds of winning which would in turn affect prizes at different levels. With lottery games, anytime you adjust the wager, the odds or the prizes you have to make adjustments in another area.

3/20/2015 11:06 - omakus l.

t's a gimmick. Would've enjoyed it more if it was added on feature like sum it up. If I play any and I'm one off any... I win something. Even if was just a smaller prize. I know the lottery wants to make more money. But couldn't you make a game that's truly for the player. I think it would generate more revenue, since most true players put the money back in anyway. A one off any format would be love, even with smaller payouts!

3/20/2015 04:35 - Robert R.

from a non-smartphone owner...can someone please make a youtube video showing how you scan tickets. I want to see if its as fast as I hope it is. please show multi ticket enter in a row. thanks.NC Lottery
Do you know anyone else who plays the lottery and might have a smartphone? I bet they would be glad to show you how it works in person :-)

3/20/2015 04:25 - latoya s.

I don't like it I thought if the number come straight u still when I rather play the regular pick 3 and 4

3/20/2015 04:12 - shakina g.

Great way to play and have hope that you can win some money love it

3/20/2015 03:59 - Kim C.

O one more question, why aren't any names listed for the "x the cash" drawing that was on February 28, 2015? I understand it takes some time to claim and paperwork, but it's March 20th.....some winners had to have claimed by now??? Yall forget to put it up, lol. No biggie, but I like to see where the winning is coming from and to see if it's the same namesNC Lottery
We will check with winner notification to see about the status. Typically the information is updated soon after it's confirmed :)

3/20/2015 03:50 - Kim C.

Please give us something to check our tickets for a winning tickets!I know yall say its up to each player to triple check their tickets , but yall do realize we are human and we do on occasion make mistakes. I didn't use entering my tickets for points as the only way to find if I won or not.However it was nice to be positive that I wasn't throwing away a winner because it wouldn't accept it in the system. It's not what it was EVER designed for but that's how many of us reassured ourselves we hadn't missed something. My mama always said if it ain't broke don't try to fix it!! I am ok with it accepting winning tickets, great for everybody, but there has to be some way of letting us know we missed something. It could be an entirely different app just for checking winning/losing tickets, but come on NCEL, yall gotta compromise, meet us in the middle, or something. PLEASE?NC Lottery
We the Lucke-Zone moderators hear you, and the folks who are in charge of the lottery hear you, too.

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