For the Love of Three

The number three was quite prominent on October 28th. On one hand, Game 3 of the World Series ended with the Indians leading 2-1. On the other, Mega Millions saw a three-peat of its most commonly played Pattern, and the repeat appearances of three Three-Number Combinations. Just like we saw on October 21st, “3” is a powerful number.

Unlike the {2-1-1-1-1} in Powerball, this {2-1-1-1-1} is in no danger of being overtaken by another Pattern. The three-peat was thanks to winning numbers 7, 38, 46, 57, 66, and MB 2.

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

The {2-1-1-1-1} has now made 127 appearances. Given that there have been 316 drawings, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has now played 40.2% of the time. Prior to Friday’s drawing, we last saw this Pattern in the October 25th and October 21st drawings.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order made its 28th appearance, its first since the May 10th, 2016 drawing. Out of the 127 drawings where the winning Pattern was {2-1-1-1-1}, this General Order has played approximately 22% of the time. When looking at all 316 drawings, this becomes 8.86% of the time.

We now come to the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order, which has now appeared in 7 drawings. Given the 28 drawings where the General Order of the evening was [1-1-2-1-1], the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order has played 25% of the time. As we move on to the 127 drawings where the winning Pattern was {2-1-1-1-1}, this Specific Order has played 5.51% of the time. This shrinks to 2.22% when looking at all 316 drawings. Prior to Friday’s drawing, we last saw the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order in the February 9th, 2016 drawing.

Finally, we come to the Three-Number Combinations. We saw the following Combinations make their second appearance:

  • 7, 38, and 46 which first played June 13th, 2014
  • 38, 66, and MB 2 which first played May 29th, 2015
  • 7, 46 and 66 which first played August 23rd, 2016.
Repeating Three-Number Combinations are highlighted in the red boxes. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Repeating Three-Number Combinations are highlighted in the red boxes. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

What will November have in store for Mega Millions? Will rarely-seen Patterns get to play? Will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern go for a four-peat?

 

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