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Michigan Lottery 4 Digit

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new player of Michigan Lottery games, you should know about the wide variety of games offered in Michigan. Some games have huge jackpots, some have a few drawings a week, while others have various features that set it apart from other games. Daily 4 is unique because it is a twice-daily drawing game. Players have the opportunity to play twice a day, with midday and evening drawings for whichever better suits their schedule. Entry into both drawings is permitted, doubling the chances to win. In this guide, you will see the breakdown of the game and everything in between. As such, you can put together your own winning strategy and know what to look for when playing Daily 4.

Daily 4 Game Snapshot

Daily 4 can only be played in-store at your favorite or local lottery retailer. There is a drawing schedule in place, so you would need to purchase your tickets before that drawing window in order to play for that time.

Daily Drawings Schedule:

In the event that you purchase a ticket after a drawing period, do not worry. Your ticket will just be entered into the next drawing.

The jackpot is set at $5,000. This drawing game is not a progressive jackpot, meaning that the prize does not increase as more people play it.

Each ticket will cost you a $1 minimum to play. Depending on how involved you want to be in the game, you should expect to add a few more dollars to this.

How to Play Michigan 4 Digit

To start, you can grab a ticket or play slip at your favorite Lottery retailer. You are allowed to use your favorite set of lucky numbers, or, if you wish, you can have numbers randomly and automatically generated for you.

The Daily 4 game has its moments of being complicated for some people; this is because you have a ton of flexibility on how to play your ticket. Because of the variety in ways to play, it is important to be patient, strategic, and to keep an eye on your bankroll.

You will need to select four numbers ranging from 0 to 9. You have the option to choose the same number more than one time. If you opted to have the machine decide for you, simply check the “Easy Pick” option to have your numbers randomly picked.

At a maximum, you can play up to five panels per play slip. The odds will differ for each amount you decide to play.

You have the option to play up to 60 consecutive drawings with the numbers you have selected by checking a number in the multiple draw wagers area. This option is for players that want to cut out any time filling out a ticket or know the numbers they want to use again.

As noted above, you have the option to when your numbers will be drawn unless you missed the window of the drawing. So you can choose to play your numbers in the next MID (Midday) or EVE (Evening) drawing, as shown on the ticket.

Michigan 4 Bet Types

As you start to play Daily 4, you will need to decide on one of the ways to play with the bet type listed below. These examples can be found on the Michigan Lottery’s website.

Straight

In order to win, the numbers you have selected must match up with the numbers drawn in precisely the same order.

For example:

Numbers played: 1234

Winning combination: 1234

Box

You will win the box bet if your numbers can match the numbers drawn in any order. A box bet can be broken up into a:

4-way box (four winning combinations)
6-way box (six winning combinations)
12-way box (12 winning combinations)
24-way box (24 winning combinations)

Winning the box bet is dependent upon how many ways the numbers you selected can be combined. The amount of the prize you can win depends on which numbers you choose.

For example:

4-way win
Numbers played: 1333
Four winning combinations: 1333, 3331, 3133, 3313

6-way win
Numbers played: 1133
Six winning combinations: 1133, 1331, 1313, 3311, 3131, 3113

12-way win
Numbers played: 1233
12 winning combinations: 1233, 1332, 1323, 2331, 2313, 2133, 3123, 3132, 3213, 3231, 3312, 3321

24-way win
Numbers played: 1234
24 winning combinations: 1234, 1324, 1342, 1423, 1432, 2341, 2314, 2134, 2143, 1413, 2431, 3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421, 4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321

Wheel

To win a wheel, your numbers simply have to match the numbers that are drawn in any order. A $1 wager will be put on each of the straight bet options available with the four numbers you selected.

For example:

A $1 4-way bet costs $4
A $1 6-way bet costs $6

So a bet is going to be a 4-way, 6-way, 12-way, or 24-way depending on the number of potential combinations of the numbers you have selected. As you can see, these prices change too.

The combinations will vary for each wheel you have selected.

For example:

4-way win
Numbers played: 1333
Four winning combinations: 1333, 3331, 3133, 3313

6-way win
Numbers played: 1133, 1331, 1313, 3311, 3131, 3113
Six winning combinations: 1133, 1331, 1313, 3311, 3131, 3113

12-way win
Numbers played: 1233, 1332, 1323, 2331, 2313, 2133, 3123, 3132, 3213, 3231, 3312, 3321
12 winning combinations: 1233, 1332, 1323, 2331, 2313, 2133, 3123, 3132, 3213, 3231, 3312, 3321

24-way win
Numbers played: 1234, 1324, 1342, 1423, 1432, 2341, 2314, 2134, 2143, 1413, 2431, 3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421, 4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321
24 winning combinations: 1234, 1324, 1342, 1423, 1432, 2341, 2314, 2134, 2143, 1413, 2431, 3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421, 4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321

2-Way

There are two possibilities of ways to win in the 2-way option.

1) Straight: Your numbers have to match the numbers that are drawn in the exact same order.

2) Box: Your numbers can match the numbers that are drawn in any possible order.

For this betting type, a $1 wager will be split into two $0.50 bets between the straight and box. So whether a bet is either a 4-way, 6-way, 12-way, or 24-way will be dependent on how many possible combinations there are of the numbers you have chosen.

For example:

4-way straight win
Numbers played: 1333
One winning combination: 1333

4-way box win
Numbers played: 1333
Four winning combinations: 1333, 3331, 3133, 3313

6-way straight win
Numbers played: 1133
One winning combination: 1133

6-way box win
Numbers played: 1133
Six winning combinations: 1133, 1331, 1313, 3311, 3131, 3113

12-way straight win
Numbers played: 1233
One winning combination: 1233

12-way box win
Numbers played: 1233
12 winning combinations: 1233, 1332, 1323, 2331, 2313, 2133, 3123, 3132, 3213, 3231, 3312, 3321

24-way straight win
Numbers played: 1234
24 winning combinations: 1234

24-way box win
Numbers played: 1234
24 winning combinations: 1234, 1324, 1342, 1423, 1432, 2341, 2314, 2134, 2143, 1413, 2431, 3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421, 4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321

1-Off

For a 1-off, you have a few options here. You will win if your numbers happen to match the numbers that are drawn in the same order (straight). The other way to win is if one of your numbers is either one up or one down from the drawn numbers.

For example:

1-Off straight win
Numbers played: 1234
One winning combination: 1234

1-Off one up and one down win
Numbers played: 1234
Eight winning combinations: 1235, 1233, 1244, 1224, 1134, 1334, 2234, 0234

Daily 4 Strategy

Each player will have their own ways as to how to win often at playing Daily 4. As you will see later in this guide, you need to find a balance between your strategy and responsible gambling methods such as the ones set forth by Michigan Lottery.

One way to win more often is to play more often. Keeping your plays consistent each day or a set schedule will improve your chances of winning.

Fun tip: Smaller jackpot games like this have better odds at winning than you would if you had played the Powerball or Mega Millions. Those games have larger jackpots, so it beats Daily 4 in that regard.

Another strategy that some players swear by is to pick your own numbers instead of having the machine pick it for you. While there isn’t a mathematical advantage to either option, some players are in favor of one or the other. At the end of the day, your playing strategy is entirely up to you.

One more method of playing this game is to look up the hot and cold numbers. These can be found online at Michigan Lottery’s website for the selected game you want to play. “Hot” and “cold” are used to describe the recent frequency for drawing a given number.

These numbers are updated after each drawing, so numbers are almost always up to date. The Hot/Cold numbers chart can show you if a number is drawn a lot or not at all. So for those players that enjoy magic or luck, you can try your hand at choosing hot or cold numbers.

Odds and Payouts

Below you will see what each prize is for the betting types mentioned above. Some have better odds of winning than others, but it all depends on the combinations and how much you are willing to wager.

BET TYPE

Straight

ODDS

1 in 10,000

PRIZE

$5,000

BOX

4-Way

6-Way

12-Way

24-Way

1 in 2,500

1 in 1,666

1 in 833

1 in 416

$1,250

$833

$416

$208

WHEEL

4-Way

6-Way

12-Way

24-Way

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

2-WAY

4-Way Straight

4-Way Box

6-Way Straight

6-Way Box

12-Way Straight

12-Way Box

24-Way Straight

24-Way Box

$3,200

$600

$2,916

$416

$20.00

$2.00

$20.00

$2.00

1-OFF

5 of 5

4 of5

1:575,757

1:3,387

$110,000

$200.00

As you can see, given the available odds, the bet type with the best option to win is the 24-way box. These odds are set at 1 in 416.

Checking Results

For Michigan Lottery games, you have the luxury of checking multiple sources of information for how your tickets performed. Since this game is an in-store purchase only, you will not have a notification on your phone or account if you win.

The best way to determine if your ticket is a winner is to watch the drawing results on your local news station or during the appropriate television program. You can also look up the results on Michigan Lottery’s website or even the mobile app to check if your ticket matches any of the winning numbers.

Claiming Prizes

There are a few ways that you can claim and accept prizes through the Michigan Lottery. Some have very specific guidelines as to what you need to do if you win a large amount.

You can claim any in-store lottery prize that is more than $600 and up to $99,999.99 by:

Mail (check the website for more details first on how to claim prizes by mail),
You can schedule an appointment at a Claim Center (call 1-844-917-6325)
Drop off at a Claim Center

Before you go anywhere, you must have everything that you need first. To complete an in-store prize claim over $600, you must have:

If you happen to win more than $1,000, like the Daily 4 jackpot of $5,000, you will need to do a few extra steps of paperwork.

If you happen to win a prize of $1,000 and more, the state law (MCL 432.32) requires the Michigan Lottery to withhold any outstanding debts. The withheld amount can be up to and including the full amount of the prize.

Withholding of winnings only happens with an on-file record with the State of Michigan. If you have any questions regarding such debts, you should check with the Department of Treasury at 517-636-5265.

For prizes that are of $600 and below, you have an easy option for claiming. Cash prizes up to $600 may be claimed at any Michigan Lottery retailer.

Even though most Lottery retailers typically redeem cash prizes as a service for their customers, you need to keep in mind that these locations are not required to do so by state law or the Lottery rules and regulations.

Some of these locations might have strict policies regarding the amount of cash available to their employees. A store may be unable to redeem your prize-winning ticket, so please be patient and understanding if this is the case.

If you find that you are having a difficult time locating another retailer close to you, you can check out the Retail Finder online or in the Michigan Lottery app.

You have some exciting tax information available for prizes ranging from $600 up to and including $5,000. The Michigan Lottery does not withhold any taxes for winnings in that range.

However, they are required to report those winnings to the IRS and Michigan Department of Treasury. As such, it is your responsibility to keep up with that information, as you are required to report winnings as income in the tax year that the prize is claimed.

Responsible Gambling and Michigan Lottery

As with any game you play with the Michigan Lottery, you need to make sure that you play responsibly. Even though this game is “cheaper” to play in just dollar amounts, you should still keep your bankroll situation in mind.

Some easy things you could do is to set yourself a budget. To wisely budget, you will need to figure out your finances and what money you could afford to lose.

So after your expenses or other bills are paid, and you have $30 extra to play with, you could use some of that money to play a game like Daily 4. Of course, you need to double-check if you find that you are running close to that line.

Another option is to reduce your playing frequency. If you find that you are continually playing and spending money, then it might be time to scale it back a bit.

You could try a rotating schedule of when you play and have the available cash to do so. With that combination in mind, you have a one-two punch at preserving your money and still enjoying your Daily 4 game.

Confidential help is available to you at any time that you feel you need it. Even if you do not feel like you need it, you can still have a friendly chat with a representative to go over your gambling methods or your current situation.

You can select one or multiple of the following options for guidance:

Helpline: 1-800-270-7117
Text: 1 (248) 648-3363
Live Chat (on website)

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