Lottery Retailers to Offer
Pick 3 and Pick 4 plus Fireball

New play-option for daily numbers games debuts Sunday, September 1

For Immediate Release Contact: Chanele Newton 312-368-5814


Chicago, IL—August 29, 2013 — On September 1, Lottery retailers will begin offering a new, optional feature called plus Fireball to its long-standing Pick 3 and Pick 4 daily draw games. The new play option—proposed and developed by Northstar Lottery Group, the Lottery’s private manager, as part of its FY14 business plan—will provide a chance to obtain more winning combinations.

The standard Pick 3 and Pick 4 games remain the same, as does the drawing schedule (seven days a week, twice a day) and game ticket price (starts at 50 cents).

Beginning Sunday, players will have the option to add plus Fireball for a cost equivalent to the player’s original base wager. For example, if someone wagers 50 cents on Pick 3 and adds the plus Fireball option, the cost of adding this option is an additional 50 cents (or $1 total cost). A player does not have to select plus Fireball to play or win the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games. If someone chooses to play plus FIREBALL, the choice applies to all games contained on a single play slip.

“The Illinois Lottery launched these games over 30 years ago, and today we feel that it is time to refresh Pick 3 and Pick 4 to increase the winning experience for our players,” said Francesco Parola, VP of Sales and Marketing for Northstar Lottery Group. “Ultimately, we want to appeal to more people across Illinois to play exciting games like Pick 3 and Pick 4. We will support this new feature with a statewide marketing campaign that kicks off September 1.”

How it Works:

A single plus FIREBALL drawing is held after each - Pick 3 and Pick 4 drawing. Each plus FIREBALL drawing only applies to the immediately preceding Pick 3 or Pick 4 drawing. For each plus FIREBALL drawing, one ball is selected. The ball will either be a numbered ball, or an unnumbered ball. When a plus FIREBALL ball (must be a numbered ball) is drawn, the number on that ball may be used to replace any one of the numbers drawn in the preceding Pick 3 or Pick 4 drawing to create winning combinations. If the plus FIREBALL number is the same as one of the player’s numbers, and the player’s numbers match the numbers drawn for the player’s play style, a bonus prize will be awarded. The bonus prize amount awarded depends on the selected play style and wager amount.

The plus FIREBALL ball is drawn from a pool of numbered and unnumbered balls (10 numbered balls 09 and 10 unnumbered balls for Pick 3; 10 numbered balls 09 and 20 unnumbered balls for Pick 4). If an unnumbered ball is drawn for plus FIREBALL, there is no additional opportunity to win Pick 3 and Pick 4 prizes. When a plus FIREBALL ball (must be a numbered ball) is selected in plus FIREBALL it does not guarantee a cash prize will result.

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The winning numbers will be displayed on the Illinois Lottery website ( and the drawings will continue to take place at 12:40 p.m. and 9:22 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WGN TV. Overall odds of winning a Pick 3 or Pick 4 prize vary based on the type of wager.

Play slips used for the old Pick 3 and Pick 4 games will not work for the new games. New play slips will be available by September 1 at all Lottery retailers that sell Pick 3 and Pick 4 September 1.


About Illinois Lottery

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed $18 billion to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.