With standard entry, a player may choose a certain number, like 2356 and decide to bet SMALL or BIG. If betting BIG, the purchaser may win the third, second, or first prize in addition to the special prize. If betting SMALL, a player may win only the third, second, or first prize.
It costs 1 Ringgit (RM) to buy the ticket in Malaysia. 4D's SMALL betting offers better odds at winning large sums of money than the BIG bet. However, a player may stand a better chance of winning other rewards and consolation prizes.
With 4D Roll, a player may substitute R for a digit of a winning number. The letter R represents digits ranging from 0 to 9. For example, if a player substitutes R for the number above, 2356 becomes R356, giving the ticket buyer 10 entries from 0356 to 9356. The player may choose to place the R in the place of any digit of the number, such as 2R56 or 235R. Since playing the Roll variants represents 10 entries, the cost is 10 RM.
Buying the Insurance Permutation gives the ticket holder a number of variations. The player's entry includes variations on his or her 4D number. For example, the 2356 number may have 24 variations or permutations, such as 2536, 2653, or 5326. With i-Perm, a player chooses how many permutations he wants to purchase, including 24, 12, 6, or 4.
The cost varies depending on the number of permutations chosen. A player may select numbers for each type of entry manually or with the Quick Pick, which allows the computer to randomly choose numbers for the player. Neither method guarantees a win.
In Malaysia and other countries, 4D Lotto is a popular game, which attracts a vast number of participants. Even though the proceeds from 4D special draws have declined in recent years, players are still buying tickets. In 2019, Malaysia's finance ministry collected more than RM 113 million. By 2020, that figure had dropped to nearly 73 million RM. Still, the 4D game remains popular.
Even in the midst of the pandemic some players are purchasing special draw 4D tickets, even if not as much as in 2019. By September of 2021, the finance ministry is reporting only RM 38 million in revenue from 4D special draws.