Louisiana Lottery launches Pick 5 draw game


Doesn't affect me, but it is an RNG game!!


I will compliment the Louisiana lottery.   A couple of years played in NOLA and won maybe $50 or so.   Thought I had to fill out a claims form and mailed it and the signed ticket to them.   That same week an envelope came from them with the check and a post it note stating I didn't need to fill out a claim form.  Don't ask me which state takes forever and a day to send you your check!!

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In response to Bleudog101

Hey Bleudog101, just curious. Which state takes forever and a day to get your check?


I said this before, but in the hopes Mr. Grief of Texas Lottery sees this....will you guys please bring this game into your portfolio?

Then, dump the Cash 5 game.


I absolutely love the "front pair-"back pair" option on their Pick 5. That is very creative, and something I wish we had in my state. Odds of winning 1st prize, 1in 100,000. Those are odds I can live with. Spend fifty-cents and win 25 thousand dollars? I could live with that too.

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It was Georgia... many weeks went by and had to restrain myself to keep from calling them.   I'm sure they get a good volume of mail but it was ridiculous.   CA, NJ, RI and MA were all fairly timely in comparison!

In response to Mata Garbo

I Agree!

There are more ways players can win in Pick 5 with the introduction of six new play types:

  • Front Pair: first two digits in exact order
  • Back Pair: last two digits in exact order
  • Front Three: first three digits in exact order
  • Back Three: last three digits in exact order
  • Front Four: first four digits in exact order
  • Back Four: last four digits in exact order

It's like having a choice to play any or all of many different games on one drawing. The payoffs for matching five digits in any position are pretty nice too.


I like this. The odds are good. I like the Front Four, & Back Four plays that pays $5,000.00



It's a 50% fixed payout game. You can do better in other states.

In response to billybucks

I'm pretty sure all lotteries with this type of pick-5 game use they same payoff structure.


 Match  Prize Amount  Odds 
Straight$50,0001 in 100,000
Box (120-way)$4001 in 833.33
Front 4 in exact order$5,0001 in 10,000
Back 4 in exact order$5,0001 in 10,000
Front 3 in exact order$5001 in 1,000
Back 3 in exact order$5001 in 1,000
Front 2 in exact order$501 in 100
Back 2 in exact order$501 in 100

The Ohio game is exactly the same and so PA with the exception of adding a wild ball option. It's not a 5/39 game and the only payoff for matching 2, 3, or four digits is matching exact.

In response to Stack47

Thanks for this ......I love seeing the odds on these type of games. Whenever it finally comes to my state I will be a constant player. The "front 4" and "back 4" odds are a lot better than I imagined. I will be calling my state lottery office very soon.


In response to Mata Garbo

The 120 way box is the lowest box payoff. Found the Ohio pick-5 game payoffs and as you can see most of the 50 cent box wins require a W-2G.

Wager TypeOdds$0.50 Wager$1.00 Wager
Straight1 in 100,000Pay $25,000$50,000
120-Way Box1 in 833Pay $208.50$417
60-Way Box1 in 1,667Pay $417$834
30-Way Box1 in 3,333Pay $834$1,668
20-Way Box1 in 5,000Pay $1,250$2,500
10-Way Box1 in 10,000Pay $2,500$5,000
5-Way Box1 in 20,000Pay $5,000$10,000

The Ohio straight payoffs are similar to Louisiana.

To Win MatchOdds$0.50
First four numbers in exact order1 in 10,000$2,500$5,000
Last four numbers in exact order1 in 10,000$2,500$5,000
First three numbers in exact order1 in 1,000$250$500
Last three numbers in exact order1 in 1,000$250$500
First two numbers in exact order1 in 100$25$50
Last two numbers in exact order1 in 100$25$50
In response to Big Joey

Does the Louisiana pick-5 game pay $10 matching any 3 digits?

In response to Bleudog101

I'm in Louisiana and I only occasionally play Pick 3 or 4, but I might give this game a try.

I've never had to send in a claim form, so it's good to know they are quick about paying by mail.

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Same day of the week AND same day of the year that the Georgia Five debuted. Georgia Five was Sunday, August 1, 2010 -- the day after I graduated with a Master's degree from UGA. 

I am glad that the Louisiana's 5-ball numbers game has 50/50 payouts and not the farcical payout scheme used by Georgia Five. 

P.S. To clarify, it is not just the Pick 5 that will not draw on Christmas and Easter. The Pick-3 and Pick-4 don't draw on Christmas or Easter in Louisiana either.

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In response to Stack47

Georgia's has a very strange, farcical payout structure. If I had not graduated from UGA and left the state the day before the game started, I would have probably written them a disapproving letter about this payout scheme and asking that they change it to a 50/50 payout scheme. Of course, they'd probably pay no attention to my letter. 

 Match  Prize Amount  Odds 
Straight$10,0001 in 100,000
Front or Back 4$2251 in 5,556
Front 3 + Back 1$211 in 11,111
Front 1 + Back 3$211 in 11,111
Front or Back 3$201 in 617
Front 2 + Back 2$201 in 11,111
Front 2 + Back 1$111 in 1,235
Front 1 + Back 2$111 in 1,235
Front or Back 2$101 in 62
Front 1 + Back 1$21 in 123
Front or Back 1$11 in 6

The top prize is $10,000 for odds of 1 in 100,000. I could spend an extra dollar and win $10,000 playing the Pick-4 with ten times better odds. The prize for matching the front or back 3 is $20, when I can win $500 for virtually the same thing playing the Pick-3. The prize for matching the front 3 and back 1 or back 3 and front 1 is FAR LOWER than the odds of matching the Pick-3, yet the odds of winning this way are slightly worse than the Pick-4. I would never play this game.

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