Dodging an Encore

October 24th was a big night. The Dodgers defeated the Astros in Game 1 of the World Series, and the {3-1-1-1} Pattern didn’t make an encore. The Specific Order was also last seen sometime this year. But, there was a phenomenon that doesn’t happen often in Mega Millions. See if you can guess what it is without scrolling through the post.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 20, 24, 34, 56, 64, and MB 6, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has now played in 173 drawings.

No Pattern encore here. Source:

Given that there have been 419 Mega Millions drawings to date, this Pattern has now played 41.3% of the time, and was last seen September 22nd, 2017.

Now with 44 appearances, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order has played in 173 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. When taking all 419 drawings into account, this General Order has played 10.5% of the time. We last saw the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order in the September 1st, 2017 drawing.

When it comes to Specific Orders, the 0 2 1 1 1 1 was the choice of the evening. With eight appearances, this Specific Order has played in 18.2% of the 44 drawings where the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order has appeared. This statistic becomes 4.62% when accounting for the 173 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. And, when looking at all 419 drawings, this Specific Order has played 1.91% of the time. The 0 2 1 1 1 1 Specific Order previously played in the February 7th, 2017 drawing.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Repeating Four-Number Combinations in Mega Millions are like U.S. two-dollar bills. It sounds crazy, but it’s a thing, and it’s rare.

The repeating Four-Number Combination of the evening was

  • 34, 56, 64, MB 6

and it made its debut in the January 7th, 2014 drawing.

Mega Millions’s $2 bill. Source:

Three-Number Combination(s)

Of course, when there’s a repeating Four-Number Combination, that means four repeating Three-Number Combinations were nestled inside. The Combinations were as follows:

  • 56, 64, MB 6
  • 34, 64, MB 6
  • 34, 56, MB 6
  • 34, 56, 64
Blue beats red 4 to 1. Source:

As is the nature of these types of repeating Three-Number Combinations, they too made their debut in the January 7th drawing mentioned earlier.

These weren’t the only repeating Three-Number Combinations. In fact, there was one more:

  • 20, 34, MB 6

This one debuted a bit later in 2014. More specifically, the October 3rd, 2014 drawing.

Will the {2-1-1-1-1} make an encore Friday night?


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