The Shape of Things to Come?

Now that Christmas is over, it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016 and look forward to the future. After a quiet weekend, Mega Millions went full steam ahead in the December 27th drawing. The prospect of a big blowout to end the year seemed promising.

One hint of the blowout came from the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, now having made 103 appearances. The winning numbers this time around were 2, 28, 30, 38, 39, and MB 11.

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

As of Tuesday, this Pattern has now played in 30.9% of the 333 Mega Millions drawings, and has appeared more than any other Pattern save the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. The {2-2-1-1} Pattern was last seen in the December 13th, 2016 drawing.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order made its 30th appearance, its first since the December 2nd, 2016 drawing. This General Order has now played in 29.1% of the 103 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 9.01% of all Mega Millions drawings.

Next, the 1 2 2 0 0 1 Specific Order made its sixth appearance. As of Tuesday, this Specific Order has played in 20% of the 30 drawings where the [1-2-2-1] General Order appeared, 5.83% of the 103 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 1.80% of all Mega Millions drawings. The 1 2 2 0 0 1 Specific Order was previously seen in the September 16th, 2016 drawing.

Another hint, and possibly the largest one, was three Three-Number Combinations making their second appearance. Every one of these Combinations made their debut at least a year ago. The Combinations were

  • 28, 30, and 38, which debuted in the September 22nd, 2015 drawing
  • 28, 30, and MB 11, which debuted in the November 11th, 2014 drawing and
  • 2, 30, and 38, which debuted in the November 24th, 2015 drawing.
Repeating Three-Number Combinations are inside the red boxes. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Repeating Three-Number Combinations are inside the red boxes. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Friday will be the last Mega Millions drawing of 2016. Will Mega Millions truly go out with a bang, or were all suggestions of it premature?

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