Here is the payout for the Pick 3 in California for last night's draw:

Winning Number = **647**

Matching Numbers Winning Tickets Ticket Value

Straight 32 $ 607

Box 109 $ 96

Straight & Box 126 $ 352

Box Only 574 $ 48

Total Winning Tickets 841

There were 32 tickets that people had selected 647 and chose straight. They got paid $607 (and will, BTW, have to go to the lottery office and fill out paperwork and wait for their check and pay taxes on it, etc., etc.)

There were 109 tickets that the people selected BOX. They could have put the numbers in any of the 6 ways, but they still won $96.

There were 126 tickets where the people selected "straight/box" on their play slip and the number came in EXACTLY as they played them on the playslip. So, they get paid for the straight and box, but only 1/2. They received $352 (the better way to play pick 3 ... no taxes ... no paperwork, etc.) which, if you do the math, is 1/2 of the $607 straight payout plus 1/2 of the $96 box payout.

Finally there were 574 people that played the 647 as a straight/box but they did not play it exactly 647 (they played it one of the other 5 ways), so they missed the straight portion of the bet, but did win the box portion, which paid them $48 (half of the regular BOX payout).

Good Luck.