Carolina Pick 3 – North Carolina Lottery

By Kate Loyola
Last Updated: December 16, 2018

How to Play the North Carolina Pick 3 Lottery

With the North Carolina Pick 3, you can win up to $500 per draw, with two draws held per day. Just select 3 numbers from 0-9, then select your playstyle, wager amount, and draw schedule.

You can choose from 8 different playstyles:

  • Exact: You must match the winning numbers in the exact order. Available for $0.50 or $1 per ticket.
  • Any Order: You can match the winning numbers in any order. Available for $0.50 or $1 per ticket.
  • 50/50 (Exact + Any): You can match the winning numbers in any order or in exact order. Available only at $1 per ticket.
  • Combo: You get to play Exact bets for all possible combinations of your chosen numbers, boosting your chance of winning.
  • Front Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 3), which must match the first 2 winning numbers in exact order.
  • Back Pair: You select 2 numbers (instead of 3), which must match the last 2 winning numbers in exact order.
  • 1-OFF: You can pay an additional $1 so you can still get a match if one or more of the winning draw numbers are one higher or one lower than your selected numbers.
  • Sum + It + Up: You can win up to $5000 if the sum of your chosen numbers matches the sum of the winning draw numbers.

North Carolina Pick 3 Drawing Schedule

Pick 3 draws are held twice a day at 3 PM and 11:22 PM Eastern Time, with sales closing at 2:45 PM for the morning draw and 10:59 PM for the evening draw.

North Carolina Pick 3 Payout and Odds of Winning

The amount you can win depends on the playstyle you choose, your bet value, and the numbers you pick.

PlaystylePickMatch$0.50 Bet Prize$1 Bet PrizeOdds
ExactAny 3 digits3 digits in exact order$250$5001 in 1,000
Any: 3-Way1 pair plus 1 different number3 digits in any order$80$1601 in 333
Any: 6-WayAny 3 distinct numbers3 digits in any order$40$801 in 167
Front PairAny 2 numbersFirst 2 digits in exact order$25$501 in 100
Back PairAny 2 numbersLast 2 digits in exact order$25$501 in 100
Combo: 6-WayAny 3 distinct numbersAll possible Exact plays$250$5006 in 1,000
Combo: 3-Way1 pair plus 1 different numberAll possible Exact plays$250$5003 in 1,000
50/50: 6-WayAny 3 distinct numbers3 digits in any or exact order$40 (Any)
$290 (Exact)
1 in 1000
1 in 166.67
50/50: 3-Way1 pair plus 1 different number3 digits in any or exact order$80 (Any)
$330 (Exact)
1 in 1000
1 in 166.67

North Carolina Pick 3 Numbers and Results

You can find the latest North Carolina Pick 3 results and past winning numbers at:

North Carolina Lottery – Pick 3