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The Numbers

The Numbers Game

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Since 1994, over 150 students majoring in Communications at local colleges and universities have gained valuable career experiences by hosting the televised daily drawings of The Numbers.

The Rhode Island Lottery`s daily Numbers game, which started in 1976, became the first Rhode Island Lottery game that allowed players to select their own numbers, hoping to match the randomly selected numbers on balls drawn from plexiglass containers.


Midday Drawings are not aired on television. They occur at 1:30 pm Sunday – Saturday. Midday wagers can be placed at Lottery terminals until 1:20 pm Sunday – Saturday.
Midday drawing videos are available on our website. Search Winning Numbers

Evening Drawings are locally televised live on WPRI-TV 12 at 6:59 pm Monday – Saturday, and at 6:29 pm on Sundays. Weekend drawings can also be viewed on myRI-TV. Evening wagers can be placed at Lottery terminals until 6:50 pm Monday – Saturday and 6:20 pm on Sundays.

Winning Numbers Search winning Numbers game numbers for the past year. Search Winning Numbers

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Object of the Game

Players may wager $.50, $1, $2 or $5 on the chance that the 2 to 4 digits they select will be drawn in a particular straight or box order.

  • To win on a 4 digit wager, a player must match all 4 numbers drawn.
  • To win on a 3 digit wager, a player must match the first 3 or last 3 numbers drawn, depending on your specified wager.
  • To win on a 2 digit wager, a player must match the first 2 numbers drawn in exact order.
  • The Rhode Island Lottery reserves the right to limit the amount of betting on any series of numbers for any given day to maintain the financial integrity of The Numbers game.
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How to Play The Numbers Game
How to Play Examples:


Game: Choose the Game type on The Numbers play slip by selecting the digits to play (4 Digit, 3 Digit, or Back 3). 2 Digit (front-2 only) can also be played at a Lottery terminal.

When completing the play slip, place heavy vertical marks in the appropriate boxes. DO NOT ERASE. Use one board for each set of numbers to be played.

How to play The Numbers Game

2 Bet Type: Choose one Bet Type, either Str (Straight), Box or Combo by marking the appropriate box on each board. Combo bets, which are straight and box, cost twice the dollar amount of the single wager.

3 Amount: Select an Amount to play for each board ($.50, $1, or $5). $2 plays are also available at a Lottery terminal.


Pick Your Numbers: Choose digits based on the Game type that you selected.
4 Digit - Choose one digit in each column.
3 Digit - Choose one digit for each of the first three columns. Leave the last column unselected.
Back 3 - Leave the first column unselected and choose digits in the last three columns only.
Quick Pick - Can only be played by a retailer at a Lottery Terminal.

5 Draw Time: Select Draw Time by marking MIDDAY, EVENING or BOTH. Mark BOTH and two tickets will print, doubling the cost.


Weekly or 30 DAYS Extended Play: Mark the WEEKLY option to play for seven (7) consecutive days (fourteen (14) drawings if you select BOTH). Mark WEEKLY and your base wager amount will multiply by seven (7).

Mark the 30 DAYS option to play for thirty (30) consecutive days (sixty (60) drawings if you select BOTH). Mark 30 DAYS and your base wager amount will multiply by thirty (30).

The WEEKLY and 30 DAYS option will apply to every draw time and game board (A-D) marked on your play slip. Extended Play tickets become active with the first drawing following the Extended Play ticket purchase. Instant Match is not available on Extended Play tickets.


The Numbers Instant Match Sample TicketThe Numbers  Instant MatchInstant Match®: Is a special feature of The Numbers offering the chance to win up to $500 instantly!

To play Instant Match®: On The Numbers play slip, mark the Instant Match® option for each individual board (A-D) you wish to play Instant Match®.

Cost: Instant Match® is an extra $1 per wager for Midday or Evening drawings and $2 for Both. The terminal will automatically select an additional set of numbers, which will appear on the ticket below your numbers selection.
Instant Match® tickets cannot be canceled.

How to Win Instant Match®: If any of the numbers selected by the terminal match any of your numbers, in any order, or if the Bonus "$" sign appears, that`s an Instant Match®, which means instant cash prizes! Your prize amount will appear next to the matching number or Bonus "$" sign.

Your Instant Match® winning ticket can be cashed instantly, and an exchange ticket will be issued for The Numbers drawing.

Example: At right is an illustration of an Instant Match® win. A "4" was played for The Numbers drawing, and an Instant Match® number "4" was also chosen by the computer. They matched and resulted in a $50 instant win! Remember, order does not matter on Instant Match®, you just have to match numbers.

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Prize Payout Structure

Bet Type $.50 $1.00 $2.00 $5.00

• In order to win 4 digit, you must have all 4 digits drawn.

• In order to win 3 digit, you must have first 3 or last 3 drawn, depending on your specified wager.

• The Rhode Island Lottery reserves the right to limit the amount of betting on any series of numbers on any given day to maintain the financial integrity of The Numbers game.

4 Digit Straight (exact order) $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 $25,000
3 Digit Straight (exact order) $250 $500 $1,000 $2,500
2 Digit Straight (exact order) $25 $50 $100 $250
3 Digit Box (any order)
- all numbers different
example: 123
$42 $84 $168 $420
3 Digit Box (any order)
- two numbers different
example: 122
$83 $166 $332 $830
4 Digit Box (any order)
- all numbers different
example: 1234
$104 $208 $416 $1,040
4 Digit Box (any order)
- three numbers different
example: 1223
$208 $416 $832 $2,080
4 Digit Box (any order)
- two pairs
example: 1212
$417 $834 $1,668 $4,170
4 Digit Box (any order)
- three of one digit
example: 1222
$625 $1,250 $2,500 $6,250

Claiming Prizes

Once any ticket is issued to the player by a Lottery Retailer, it is the player`s responsibility to immediately check that the numbers and wagering selected are what was requested, and then sign the back of the ticket for security. All winning tickets are payable to the bearer of the ticket, upon verification of their identification and signature. The Rhode Island Lottery and Lottery Retailers are not responsible for lost or stolen tickets or those incorrectly issued that were not reported to the Retailer immediately after purchase.

Prizes of $599 or less can be claimed at any Rhode Island Lottery Retailer. Prizes over $599 must be claimed at Lottery Headquarters, 1425 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, Rhode Island 02920. For prizes over $599, you must provide your valid, government-issued photo identification and your Social Security number. All prizes must be claimed within one year of the drawing date.

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