Deanne Eldridge Wins Big in Friday's Pick 4 Midday Drawing
DES MOINES, Iowa - A Manson woman won a $12,000 prize in Friday's Pick 4 midday drawing.
Deanne Eldridge claimed her prize Friday at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Storm Lake. She purchased her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 208 Main St. in Manson.
Pick 4, which has been offered in Iowa since September 2003, features a top prize of $30,000, with odds of just 1:10,000 of winning it. Another intriguing aspect of the game comes in the variety of ways players can choose to play it. Plays in Pick 4 range from 50 cents to $5 for the chance to match a four-digit combination of numbers from 0000 to 9999.
There are several ways to win in Pick 4. A player can choose a straight play, meaning that if the winning numbers are 1-2-3-4, the player wins a prize for matching that combination exactly: 1-2-3-4. Another option is to choose a box play, which allows players to win for matching the winning numbers, but not in the exact order drawn (if the winning numbers are 1-2-3-4, you can win for a combination of those numbers, such as 4-3-2-1). You also can choose a straight/box play, which allows you to win for matching the numbers in the exact order drawn or in any order.
Pick 4 drawings are held seven days a week. The game's midday drawings are at 12:40 p.m. with evening drawings at 9:20 p.m.