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Double Draw brings double the fun for Pick 3

September 30, 2020 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:18 PM

You asked and we listened. Our popular Pick 3 Double Draw promotion comes back in October.

All month long, Pick 3 players have the potential to get two chances to win a prize in every evening drawing. Best of all at least one Double Draw is guaranteed to occur every seven days.

The promotion will create lot more action during the evening drawings beginning Thursday night. You’ll see two Pick 3 draw machines and a Double Draw machine that has six white balls and one red.

At the start of the drawing, we’ll pick a ball from the Double Draw machine. If the Red Ball is drawn, a second Pick 3 drawing will take place immediately following the first.

And yes, prizes are paid on both set of numbers. That’s why we call it Double Draw.

If a white ball is drawn, however, there will only be one Pick 3 drawing. We’ll then remove one white ball from the Double Draw machine for the following night’s drawing. This means the first Double Draw drawing will have six white balls, the second on the next night will have five, the third will have four, etc., until the Red Ball is drawn.

Once the Red Ball is drawn, it all starts over with all six white balls and a Red Ball included for next evening’s drawing.

Double your luck in October with Double Draw!


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10/10/2020 11:31 - Heather L.

You should permanently move this NC pick 3 variation to December, that way December would be 'Double Draw December'. Just a thought.....NC Lottery
Thanks for the suggestion, Heather! We love hearing what our players would like to see in future promotions. The folks that design our promotions read this blog and appreciate hearing from players as well. Thanks!

10/04/2020 09:03 - Nancy P.

how about red ball draws on the day time numbers also.NC Lottery
Hi Nancy, Thanks for your suggestion. We'll pass it along and good luck to you!

10/02/2020 03:28 - John M.

How does SUM IT UP work on double draws? Do you win regardless of which draw your sum matches? NC Lottery
Hi John, With Double Draw, you get two chances to win on your single ticket. So, SUM IT UP works just the same. You have two chances to win with the sum!

10/01/2020 05:59 - Rick P.

Online Pick 3 and Pick 4 for sure!!!!

10/01/2020 12:33 - Schmeka w.

Another question why can y'all have the online pick 3 and 4 because of the covid I don't really go to the stores much to play my numbers and the powerball n cash 5 I purchase online so I want have to go to the store. Can y'all make it easier for us to purchase online the pick 3 and 4 for the people that do t like to get your cause of the covid that's would only be fairNC Lottery
We hear you. While we love hearing feedback from our players on what would be more convenient for them, it's not as simple as just adding it to the website. When the lottery commission approved the sale of lottery tickets online, they only approved Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash 5 and Lucky For Life. So far, we have not received approval for any other games to be added to Online Play.

10/01/2020 12:31 - Schmeka w.

Why can't y'all ever do a double draw on the pick 4 sometimesNC Lottery
Thanks for the suggestion, Schmeka! We have held special Pick 4 promotions in the past, but Pick 3 was more popular with our players, so we chose to do them more. We appreciate knowing you're interested in seeing Pick 4 promotions return!

10/01/2020 11:52 - Denver G.

Cool, thx 4 the quick response. I am signed up to receive promotional emails. did not get this one. The only one I ever got was the donut one for 100ptsNC Lottery
Hey Denver, If you're signed up to receive promotional emails, this one should have hit your inbox. We encourage you to reach out to our online support team at and let them know you're not getting these so they can look into this more.

10/01/2020 11:37 - Denver G.

Okay LZ, I just got back from getting some Fast play tickets. I checked my tickets on the scanner which is far away from where you purchase tickets. There on the counter was a FREE $2 Fast play ticket dated 10/01... 11:02. The store was kinda busy so i didn't ask the cashier. My question to you is just where did this ticket come from and why was it generated now b4 the 19th???NC Lottery
Those folks who are signed up to receive promotional emails should have received a coupon with a free Fast Play ticket earlier this week. This is a part of a separate promotion from the retailer promotion. If you'd like to receive these types of emails in the future, be sure to sign up to receive promotional emails!

10/01/2020 09:47 - Jessica J.

I wish we could buy pick 3 and pick 4 online

10/01/2020 08:59 - Denver G.

I am wondering why the free $2 Fast Play ticket promo isn't the entire month of Oct also. NC Lottery
Hey there Denver, Thanks for asking. It all came down to how much extra funds we had for marketing promotions of the new game.

10/01/2020 07:47 - Nancy P.

hope we see a lot of the red ball!!!

10/01/2020 03:02 - Gloria C.

Glad to know this drawing is back. Hope to win something big this month.

10/01/2020 02:01 - Candace j.

Yes pick 3 and pick 4 online would be awesome!

9/30/2020 02:39 - Jaime R.

I’d love to play! It would be awesome if we could purchase the Pick 3 and Pick 4 online like I can Cash 5 and mega Millions. I’d definitely play more ????

9/30/2020 02:20 - DL H.

Yiiiippppeee!!! Love this game We’ve went really well on the last two rounds of this We can’t wait to play this again

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