October Surprises

As the daylight hours dwindle and the leaves fall off the trees, October picks up steam. The World Series is about to get in gear, football continues to draw millions of viewers, and Halloween is just around the corner. For a humble lottery trend analysis blog like Lottery Binge, it also means seeing Mega Millions wanting a piece of this excitement. Let it be known that the October 18th, 2016 drawing gave us not only a Pattern from last month, but visitors from last year.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 97th appearance, its first since the September 16th drawing. The lucky numbers in Tuesday’s drawing were 7, 24, 28, 65, 74, and MB 1.

Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Out of the 313 Mega Millions drawings, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has now played 31% of the time. It has a way to go before it can even dream of overtaking the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern as Most Commonly Played Pattern, which has played 124 times.

Getting back to the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has now appeared 26 times. Like the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, it too made a previous appearance in the September 16th drawing. The [1-2-2-1] General Order has now played in 26.8% of the 97 drawings that have {2-2-1-1} as the winning Pattern, and in 8.3% of all 313 drawings.

The 1 2 0 0 2 1 Specific Order made its fourth appearance in Tuesday’s drawing. Given that there have been 26 drawings where [1-2-2-1] was the General Order, the 1 2 0 0 2 1 Specific Order has played 15.4% of the time. This becomes 4.2% when we look at the 97 drawings that {2-2-1-1} was the Pattern, and 1.28% overall. Although it previously played in September, the 1 2 0 0 2 1 Specific Order did not play this past September. This Specific Order in fact made its previous appearance on September 29th, 2015.

Finally, we come to the repeat appearances of the following Three-Number Combinations:

  • 7, 24, MB 1, which first played October 13th, 2015, and
  • 65, 74, MB 1, which played July 21st, 2015.
Snippet of repeating Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating combos are in red boxes.
Snippet of repeating Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating combos are in red boxes.

As we look ahead to Friday’s drawing, will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern make an encore appearance or will it be a rarely-seen Pattern that gets to play? Will there be another Specific Order that makes its first appearance in over a year?

 

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