4-Digits (abbreviation: 4-D) is a lottery in Singapore and Malaysia.
Individuals play by choosing any number from 0000 to 9999. Then, twenty-three
winning numbers are drawn each time. If one of the numbers matches the one that
the player has bought, a prize is won. A draw is conducted to select these
winning numbers. 4-Digits is a fixed-odds game.
Magnum 4D is the 1st legalized 4D Operator licensed by the Malaysian Government to operate 4D. Soon thereafter, other lottery operators followed suit, as this is a very popular game in Malaysia and Singapore.
Singapore Pools is the sole provider of gambling games in Singapore. 4-D and lottery 6/45 are two of the most popular.
The 4-D game is believed to have originated in Kedah in 1951, based on
evidence during a gambling trial in a Singapore court in 1956.
A schoolboy decided to raffle his bicycle for 100 $1 tickets, each bearing two digits. The winner would be the one whose ticket number matched the last two digits of the first prize ticket in a Malaysian Turf Club sweepstake. This led to the 2-D lottery, which in turn gave rise to 3-D and later, 4-D, betting games which were wildly popular in Singapore and Malaysia from the 1950s.
The Singapore Turf Club was the first to introduce the 4-D draw in Singapore in May 1966, offering a S$2,000 first prize for a $1 ticket. It stopped offering it in May 2004 when its sister company Singapore Pools took over all the draws.
Methods of play
Ordinary entry refers to a specific number. Example: 1234. 4-D Roll
substitutes any one of the four digits with 'R'. (i.e. R123, 1R23, 12R3 and
123R) where 'R' denotes all digits from 0 to 9. Only one digit can be
substituted with 'R'. For example, if you mark R234, you are actually buying 10
Ordinary Entries (i.e. 0234, 1234, 2234, 3234... 9234). System entry is a bet on
all the possible permutations of a 4-D number, for example the number 1234 has
24 permutations (1234, 2341, 3412, 4123…). iBet is a System Entry bet priced
from $1, regardless of the number of permutations. Quick pick is bet on a random
number selected by a computer.
In Singapore, 4-D draws are conducted every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at
1830h (SG/HK Time) at Singapore Pools' main branch at 210 Middle Road. Anyone
above the age of 18 can attend the draws.
An independent external auditor and five draw officials are involved in the draw process. Before the draw, a specially designed computer is run to randomly select the draw machine and the set of draw balls to be used. A backup machine is also chosen.
The selected draw balls, numbered 0 to 9, are weighed to ensure that their individual weights are within an acceptable margin of error. This is to ensure that each ball has practically the same chance of being drawn.
The selected machines, secured under lock and numbered seal in a storage room, is transferred to the draw hall, along with the balls.
The balls are loaded into the draw machine in front of the audience. A member of the audience is then invited to press the start switch on the control panel, launching the draw. The balls in the draw machine, made up of four transparent cylinders, spin until a ball is sucked into a groove found in each cylinder.
The drawing process, starting from the consolation prizes, is repeated until all 23 sets of winning numbers are drawn.
Malaysia, there are three main 4D providers - Sports Toto, Magnum 4D and Da
Ma Cai Lotto 88, Cashsweep and STC Sandakan. Da Ma Cai is run by Pan Malaysian
Pools Sdn. Bhd. All 3 are independent private companies. These 4D operators are
known as Number Forecast Operators.
Malaysia 4D draws on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, which coincide with Singapore's 4D draw. However, sometimes , there will be a special draw on Tuesday.