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How to play the California Daily 4

Playing the California Daily 4 and picking possible winning numbers are as easy as counting to five! Five steps, five numbers and simply buy a ticket from a Local Retailer to stand a chance to win big cash prizes. 

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What is the California Daily 4?

The Daily 4 is a daily draw game which offers players several thousand dollars in prizes. To play, players simply have to pick 4 numbers in a range from 0-9 and a playstyle.  A player’s odds of winning depend on their chosen playstyle.

How to play the California Daily 4?

The Daily 4 offers several thousand dollars in prizes. To play, players pick 4 numbers from 0-9 and a playstyle.

Straight: Players must match the winning numbers in the exact order. Odds: 1 in 10,000.

Box: Players can match the winning numbers in any order. Odds: 1 in 417.

Straight/Box: A player’s wager gets split evenly between the Straight and Box options. Matching the winning numbers in the exact order, for example, awards a player half each of the corresponding Straight and Box prizes. Matching numbers in any order, meanwhile, will net a player half the corresponding Box prize instead.

Odds: 1 in 417.

Use any of these ways to check for Daily 4 winning results:

Look on the Lottery website for winning numbers and prize amounts.

Download the Lottery mobile app to see winning numbers.

Scan their ticket using the Check-A-Ticket feature on the mobile app.

Use the Check-A-Ticket machine at a Lottery retail location.

California Daily 4 Drawing Schedule

Daily 4 draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST. The draw is held right after sales close for the day, so you have until 6:29 PM PST to buy eligible tickets.

California Daily 4 Frequently asked Questions

How is the prize calculated for a Straight/Box play?

A $1 Straight/Box wager is divided equally between Straight and Box playstyles. Players can win by matching 4 numbers in an exact order (Straight wager), or matching all 4 winning numbers in any order (Box wager).

For example, if a player plays 1-2-3-4 for Straight/Box and those numbers win, they will win both wagers. If the Straight prize is $1,500 and the Box prize is $600, they will win half the Straight prize – $750, plus half the Box prize – $300, for a total of $1,050.

How is the Daily 4 draw done?

An Automated Draw Machine, a state-of-the-art computer, draws the winning numbers.

Where and when can you play Daily 4?

Players will find Daily 4 at all Lottery retailers. Draws take place every day, and entry must be made before 6:30 p.m. to be eligible for that day’s draw. Winning numbers are available at any Lottery retailer and some media outlets.

How to claim your lotto cash prize

To collect a prize, just follow the simple claim process for the type of prize won. After your claim is processed at Lottery Headquarters in Sacramento, a check will be received in the mail in about 6 to 8 weeks.

$599 and Under Claim Process

Two ways to collect your prize:

Option 1: Visit a Lottery retailer

Take the winning ticket to a Lottery retailer and the clerk will hand you cash on the spot.

Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form

Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

$600 and Over Claim Process

Two ways to collect your prize:

Option 1: Visit a Lottery District Office

Bring the winning ticket and a completed Claim Form to any Lottery District Office. Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office.

Option 2: Mail your winning ticket and claim form

Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

2nd Chance Claim Process

Mail your claim form

Download the Claim Form (PDF) or pick one up at any Lottery retail location or District Office. Fill out and sign the claim form, and sign your winning ticket and mail the original ticket and the signed claim form (along with the Claim Authorization Receipt from a retailer, if you have it) to: California State Lottery 730 North 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

For any questions, players can call the Lottery’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-LOTTERY (1-800-568-8379), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is recommended to send everything by certified mail and saving a copy of every item submitted.

The claiming period for prizes may vary by promotion. Refer to the specific Promotion Rules for details.

State law prohibits the sale of a Lottery ticket or the payment of a prize to anyone under 18. Tickets failing validation are void.

All California State Lottery game tickets, transactions, claims and prize payments are subject to California State law and the California State Lottery rules and regulations.

What to do when you win?

At the very least, a winner will need a lawyer, an accountant, and a financial advisor.  Look for professionals who have experience in this specific field and asked the relevant questions before signing up for their services!

When you have your initial interview, here are the questions you want to ask:

How Much and how do you charge for your services?

Ask if there is an initial planning fee, a charge per percentage for assets under management, or whether they make money from selling you a specific product.

What licenses, credentials and certifications do you have?

Which services does your firm provide?

What do you specialize in?

If you have a specific interest — such as charitable giving or socially responsible investments find someone that concentrates in this area too.

Ask to see a sample financial plan.

What is your investment approach?

How much contact do you have with your clients?

Will you be working only with one person or with a team?

Once you have your money

Bank it.

Talk to a bank management or private banking department and discuss the best options for holding large amounts of money.

Set a budget.

Sit down with advisors and take a look at how much there will be left have after federal, state, and local taxes

Form a charity and giving plan.

Consider gifting taxation structures or forming an official charity foundation.

History of the California Daily 4

The California State Lottery itself was approved by voters on November 6, 1984.

The California Lottery has raised more than $26.6 billion for education since 1985, and 87% of its sales must be returned to the public as prizes or contributions to education.

Comparison table for California Daily 4

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5-1-6-3Straight Prize
Straight: 5-1-6-3
All your numbers must match winning numbers in EXACT order
Odds: 1 in 10,000
1-2-3-4, 1-3-2-4,
1-4-2-3, 1-2-4-3,
1-3-4-2, 1-4-3-2,
2-1-3-4, 2-3-1-4,
2-4-1-3, 2-1-4-3,
2-3-4-1, 2-4-3-1,
3-1-2-4, 3-2-1-4,
3-4-1-2, 3-1-4-2,
3-2-4-1, 3-4-2-1,
4-1-2-3, 4-2-1-3,
4-3-1-2, 4-1-3-2,
4-2-3-1, 4-3-2-1
Box Prize
Box: 1-2-3-4
(4 different numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 417
1-1-2-3, 1-1-3-2,
1-2-1-3, 1-2-3-1,
1-3-2-1, 1-3-1-2,
2-3-1-1, 2-1-1-3,
2-1-3-1, 3-2-1-1,
3-1-1-2, 3-1-2-1
Box Prize
Box 1-1-2-3
(2 like numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 833
1-1-2-2, 1-2-1-2,
1-2-2-1, 2-2-1-1,
2-1-2-1, 2-1-1-2
Box Prize
Box: 1-1-2-2
(2 sets of like numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 1,667
6-6-6-4, 6-6-4-6,
6-4-6-6, 4-6-6-6
Box Prize
Box: 6-6-6-4
(3 like numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 2,500
1-2-3-4 Exact Order
1-3-2-4, 1-4-2-3,
1-2-4-3, 1-3-4-2,
1-4-3-2, 2-1-3-4,
2-3-1-4, 2-4-1-3,
2-1-4-3, 2-3-4-1,
2-4-3-1, 3-1-2-4,
3-2-1-4, 3-4-1-2,
3-1-4-2, 3-2-4-1,
3-4-2-1, 4-1-2-3,
4-2-1-3, 4-3-1-2,
4-1-3-2, 4-2-3-1,
4-3-2-1 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes
Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 1-2-3-4
(4 different numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles
Odds: 1 in 417
1-1-2-3 Exact Order
1-1-3-2, 1-2-1-3,
1-2-3-1, 1-3-2-1,
1-3-1-2, 2-3-1-1,
2-1-1-3, 2-1-3-1,
3-2-1-1, 3-1-1-2,
3-1-2-1 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes
Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 1-1-2-3
(2 like numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles.
Odds: 1 in 833
1-1-2-2 Exact Order
1-2-1-2, 1-2-2-1,
2-2-1-1, 2-1-2-1,
2-1-1-2 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes
Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 1-1-2-2
(2 sets of like numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles.
Odds: 1 in 1,667
6-6-6-4 Exact Order
6-6-4-6, 6-4-6-6,
4-6-6-6 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes

Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 6-6-6-4
(3 like numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles.
Odds: 1 in 2,500

All Lottery funding is distributed to public education based on the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) information provided by the State Controller’s Office.

These are the schools that have received funds, along with their percentages of cumulative distributions:

Grade level
Distribution percentage
K-12th Grade
80%
Community Colleges
13.9%
California State University System
3.7%
University of California
2.3%
Other Educational Entities
.01%

Tips for playing California Daily 4

Remember – there’s no way to predict the numbers as drawings are completely random, but there are tried and tested ways to increase your chance to win.

Play the Right Games

Read the odds to ensure you're maximizing your chances of winning.

Pick up some scratch cards. Yes, they offer smaller prizes but higher chances of winning overall.

Don’t Miss a Lottery Win!

Use a lottery app to keep track

Identifying Hot numbers, Cold numbers, Overdue Numbers

To use the hot, cold, overdue strategy, analyze the results of your chosen lottery – see which numbers have been drawn recently and which haven’t, at least 50 drawings is needed to get a decent sample size.

Hot numbers: Picked most frequently

Cold numbers: drawn less frequently overall.

Overdue numbers: are ones that have not shown up in recent weeks

Hot Numbers
Cold Numbers
5
3
2
1
9
4

Play Second-Chance Games (Where Possible)

Many lotteries offer second-chance drawings on non-winning tickets giving players a bonus chance to be a winner.

Choose Rarer Numbers

Picking certain numbers may offer you a slight advantage, not for your chances of winning, but for your payout. If you win a lottery jackpot, there is a chance that you might have to split the payout with players who picked the same numbers, so you might as well try to select rarer numbers to improve your odds of keeping more of the payout for yourself.

How to Gamble Responsibly

Never gamble with borrowed money.

Create a weekly or monthly recreational spending budget and stick to it.

Only spend what you can afford to lose.

Over time, odds are you will lose, and significant financial gain is rarely a benefit of gambling.

Don’t gamble alone. Do it socially with friends, family or colleagues while enjoying other forms of entertainment.

Gambling should never be essential to having a good time.

Limit how often and for how long you gamble.

Gambling should be your choice. Don’t let anyone pressure you to do it.

Avoid alcohol or other drugs when you gamble as it can affect your judgment.

Why the California Daily 4 is so popular

Not only does the California Daily 4 offer players “top prize” payouts, but it has multiple ways and chances to win.  As previous results and jackpot payouts will show, the California Daily 4 offers players of any income a chance to win and dream BIG!

Will a lottery “club” improve your chance of winning?

Joining a lottery “club” will not improve your chances of winning foreign lotteries although Con artists will claim that pooling your money with other people means you can buy more tickets and have more chances to win.

What Are Lottery Pools?

A lottery pool is when group of players pools money to buy lottery tickets together – any of the tickets bought which results in a win, will be split.

Not only will it not increase your chances but lottery pool members have previously been sued for various reasons, like conflicts over who participated in the pool, whether tickets were purchased privately or for the group, whether the proper numbers were played, and more.

There have also been cases where corrupt people collected money for lottery pools then pocketed the cash without ever buying the tickets.

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Odds of winning the California Daily 4

Win a prize by just matching your Daily 4 numbers in an exact order (Straight), or in any order (Box).

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You win if these numbers are drawnThis is your prize
Straight: 5-1-6-3
All your numbers must match winning numbers in EXACT order
Odds: 1 in 10,000
5-1-6-3Straight Prize
Box: 1-2-3-4
(4 different numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 417
1-2-3-4, 1-3-2-4,
1-4-2-3, 1-2-4-3,
1-3-4-2, 1-4-3-2,
2-1-3-4, 2-3-1-4,
2-4-1-3, 2-1-4-3,
2-3-4-1, 2-4-3-1,
3-1-2-4, 3-2-1-4,
3-4-1-2, 3-1-4-2,
3-2-4-1, 3-4-2-1,
4-1-2-3, 4-2-1-3,
4-3-1-2, 4-1-3-2,
4-2-3-1, 4-3-2-1
Box Prize
Box 1-1-2-3
(2 like numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 833
1-1-2-3, 1-1-3-2,
1-2-1-3, 1-2-3-1,
1-3-2-1, 1-3-1-2,
2-3-1-1, 2-1-1-3,
2-1-3-1, 3-2-1-1,
3-1-1-2, 3-1-2-1
Box Prize
Box: 1-1-2-2
(2 sets of like numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 1,667
1-1-2-2, 1-2-1-2,
1-2-2-1, 2-2-1-1,
2-1-2-1, 2-1-1-2
Box Prize
Box: 6-6-6-4
(3 like numbers)
ALL your numbers must match
ALL winning numbers in any order
Odds: 1 in 2,500
6-6-6-4, 6-6-4-6,
6-4-6-6, 4-6-6-6
Box Prize
Straight/Box: 1-2-3-4
(4 different numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles
Odds: 1 in 417
1-2-3-4 Exact Order
1-3-2-4, 1-4-2-3,
1-2-4-3, 1-3-4-2,
1-4-3-2, 2-1-3-4,
2-3-1-4, 2-4-1-3,
2-1-4-3, 2-3-4-1,
2-4-3-1, 3-1-2-4,
3-2-1-4, 3-4-1-2,
3-1-4-2, 3-2-4-1,
3-4-2-1, 4-1-2-3,
4-2-1-3, 4-3-1-2,
4-1-3-2, 4-2-3-1,
4-3-2-1 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes
Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 1-1-2-3
(2 like numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles.
Odds: 1 in 833
1-1-2-3 Exact Order
1-1-3-2, 1-2-1-3,
1-2-3-1, 1-3-2-1,
1-3-1-2, 2-3-1-1,
2-1-1-3, 2-1-3-1,
3-2-1-1, 3-1-1-2,
3-1-2-1 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes
Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 1-1-2-2
(2 sets of like numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles.
Odds: 1 in 1,667
1-1-2-2 Exact Order
1-2-1-2, 1-2-2-1,
2-2-1-1, 2-1-2-1,
2-1-1-2 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes
Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only
Straight/Box: 6-6-6-4
(3 like numbers)
Match Straight and/or Box playstyles.
Odds: 1 in 2,500
6-6-6-4 Exact Order
6-6-4-6, 6-4-6-6,
4-6-6-6 Any Order
Exact Order: 1/2 Straight & 1/2 Box Prizes

Any Order: 1/2 Box Prize Only

Is the California Daily 4 a Scam?

Absolutely not! The California State Lottery began on November 6, 1984 and is still going strong 36 years later!

What is a lottery scam?

A lottery scam is an attempt to fraudulently extract money from someone by pretending to be a legitimate lottery company or winning player. It has sadly become a too common method of deception as such scams prey on people’s desire to win money and the popularity of big lottery games.

How to protect yourself?

Unfortunately, fake wins with other institutions have become a regular occurrence – so here are a few tips to keep you and your money safe!

Only buy tickets from authorized lottery retailers.

Offers to sell international lottery tickets by mail or online are usually illegal.

If you didn't buy a lottery ticket or participate in a second-chance lottery game, you didn't win no matter how convincing a text message may sound.

The lottery doesn't notify players when you win; players alone are responsible for checking your winning tickets.

Players are NEVER required to pay money up-front to receive a winning lottery prize.

Talk to someone. Before giving up any money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists bet on decisions that are made in a hurry.  The chances of recovering money from foreign crooks may be even worse than that of actually winning a lottery. 

If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

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Conclusion

The Daily 4 is a daily draw game which offers players several thousand dollars in prizes and to play, players simply need to pick 4 numbers from 0-9 and a playstyle.  Daily 4 draws are held every day at 6:30 PM PST and The California Lottery has raised more than $26.6 billion for education over the past 35 years.

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