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November 20, 2019


Hi, Thomas. You are correct. Our lottery terminals are programmed so that 111 and 1111 (or any combination of all identical numbers) can't be played as a box or a straight/box option. A combination like that can only be played as the straight option. Our mobile app also is programmed so you can't create a playslip with that option.

Is it possible to play a Pick 3 or Pick 4 Box or Straight/Box using all of the same numbers such as 111 or 1111 etc...? And if it is, why? The machine should kick it back as not playable. If the IA Lottery allows this, it is taking advantage of players who don't know exactly how the game works.

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As the lottery’s vice president of external relations, I’m a member of the senior management team at the Iowa Lottery, where I’ve worked since 1999. I’ve spent my years at the lottery learning as much as I can about all the ins and outs of the lottery industry. I’ll put that knowledge to work here so I can share the behind-the-scenes details with you!