Playback: A Mega Millions Story

With the summer blockbuster season comes sequels, prequels, and “interquels”. Mega Millions borrowed from the Hollywood playbook and released a sequel in the May 29th drawing. As of this post, the jackpot now stands at $97 million. Sequel-itis has also hit the basketball world. Thursday night will be the beginning of the saga known as the NBA finals, a.k.a. “Cavaliers vs. Warriors: Part IV”.  What a way to end the month, eh?

General Lottery Analysis

Right off the heels of this past Friday, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 102nd appearance! The winning numbers this time were 2, 11, 55, 58, 67, and MB 2.

Sequels are a part of life. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

As of this post, there have been 362 Mega Millions drawings, and this Pattern has played in 28.2% of them.

Next up is the [2-1-2-1] General Order. With 33 appearances, this General Order has played in 32.4% of the 102 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 9.12% of all 362 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, this General Order was also seen in this past Friday’s drawing.

Why should the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [2-1-2-1] General Order have all the fun? The 2 0 0 1 2 1 Specific Order showed up in this past Friday’s drawing, too. Now with seven appearances, this Specific Order has played in 21.2% of the 33 drawings where the [2-1-2-1] General Order appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 6.86% of the 102 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 362 drawings, the [2-1-2-1] General Order has played 1.93% of the time.

With the encore powers of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, the [2-1-2-1] General Order and the 2 0 0 1 2 1 Specific Order combined, we get the playback.

Three Number Combination(s)

The night couldn’t be complete without a repeating Three-Number Combination, right? The lone repeating Combination was 11, 58, and 67.

A less-obvious sequel. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination made its debut in the October 31st, 2014 drawing.

Summertime is when Mega Millions likes to go for the big plays, like the playback we just discussed. Pattern streaks are a thing, too. Will June start with a big play?

Commemorating {2-2-1-1}

May 25th, or that evening that least, kicked off the Memorial Day weekend. It’s traditionally seen as the start of the summer season here in the U.S. and for some lucky students, it is! What better way to take your mind off the heat than a trip to the beach or chilling by the pool? Heck, win the lottery and you could buy a lake house or two. Thing is, nobody won Friday’s jackpot, and it’s now at $84 million. But, the night wasn’t uneventful.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 101st appearance with winning numbers 11, 14, 51, 64, 68, and MB 25.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern kicked off summer. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

This Pattern has now played in roughly 28% of the 361 Mega Millions drawings and it was last seen on April 27th, 2018.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, with its 32nd appearance, has now played in 31.7% of the 101 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern appeared. This General Order has also played in 8.86% of all 361 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the [2-1-2-1] General Order last played on April 10th, 2018.

Now with six appearances, the 2 0 0 1 2 1 Specific Order has played in 18.75% of the 32 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.94% of the 101 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 361 drawings, this Specific Order has played in 1.66% of them. We last saw the 2 0 0 1 2 1 Specific Order on August 23rd, 2016.

Three Number Combination(s)

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations that night:

Two repeating Three-Number Combinations to go. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will Mega Millions say “Adios” to May with a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore, or will another Pattern end the month?

The Big Combination Spectacle

It’s that time of year again! Summer isn’t just a time of hot weather and long vacations. It’s full of spectacle, too. Big budget movies and televised talent shows (live, even!) beat reruns for sure. With no winners for either Lotto Texas or Powerball May 23rd, and with smaller jackpots to boot, a quiet night would’ve been expected. Of course, these lotteries had other plans. The biggest spectacle of the evening was with the repeating Combinations, especially those of the Three-Number persuasion.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The not-often-seen {3-3} Pattern made its 132nd appearance with winning numbers 5, 15, 16, 27, 29, and 36.

155 times isn’t that much. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Given that there have been 1553 Lotto Texas drawings, this Pattern has played 8.50% of the time. We last saw this Pattern in the May 16th, 2018 drawing. That was exactly one week prior.

Now with 40 appearances, the 3 3 0 Specific Order has played in 30.3% of the 132 drawings where {3-3} was the winning Pattern and in 2.58% of all 1553 drawings. Prior to Wednesday night, this Specific Order played on April 14th, 2018.

Four-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Four-Number Combination of the evening was 5, 15, 27, and 36.

A third timer. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Its debut was sometime this decade. Nothing special right? Well, this Combination has played not once, but twice before. After making its debut March 22nd, 2017, it previously played not too long ago. This was back on March 10th, 2018.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

After a crazy Friday night, Powerball settled back down. Sort of.

With winning numbers 20, 54, 56, 61, 64 and PB 7, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 80th appearance.

A Pattern encore wasn’t necessary. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

There have now been 275 Powerball drawings, and this Pattern has played 29.1% of the time. This Pattern was last seen on May 5th, 2018.

With 25 appearances, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has played in 31.25% of the 80 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Additionally, this General Order accompanied said Pattern in the earlier-mentioned May 5th drawing. Finally, when looking at all 275 drawings, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has played in 9.09% of them.

Powerball perked up with the world debut of the 0 1 0 2 2 1 Specific Order. This Specific Order has played in 4% of the 25 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. We have now also seen the 0 1 0 2 2 1 Specific Order in 1.25% of the 80 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.36% of all 275 drawings.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Just like we saw this past Saturday, there were four repeating Three-Number Combinations:

For the love of repeating Three-Number Combinations! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Memorial Day is traditionally considered the first weekend of summer. Will either lottery kick off the season with a  Pattern encore?

(Almost) Mirror Twins?

Another Cinco de Mayo has come and gone. Lotto Texas and Powerball were joined at the hip this time, or at least wore matching tops. And yet, it was Lotto Texas that saw much of the action Saturday night. It had five beers, a tequila, and All-You-Can-Eat Fajitas while Powerball settled for some chips/salsa and a margarita.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern played for the fifth time in a row, with winning numbers 15, 19, 24, 27, 42, 51.

Lotto Texas went to town May 5th. Source: lotterytrend.com.

This made for the 808th appearance of the Pattern. Given that there have been 1548 Lotto Texas drawings to date, this Pattern has played 52.2% of the time.

Now with 122 appearances, the 1 3 2 Specific Order has played in 15.1% of the 808 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. This Specific Order has also played in 7.88% of all 1548 drawings. Prior to the Cinco de Mayo drawing, we last saw the 1 3 2 Specific Order on April 21st, 2018.

Similar Spread

Fifth time is the best time it seems to throw in a similar spread! The spread for Saturday night’s drawing was 04:05:03:15:09. This is similar to the spread that showed up in the March 19th, 2011 drawing. The winning numbers were 15, 24, 29, 32, 36, and 51 and the spread was 09:05:03:04:15. Notice that although the differences between numbers were the same, the orders were different.

Four-Number Combination(s)

A repeating Four-Number Combination added more pep into Lotto Texas’s step:

  • 15, 19, 24, 51 (Debuted January 10th, 2007)
What’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration without a repeating Four-Number Combination? Source: lotterytrend.com.

Lotto Texas may have been the life of the party, but there were a few interesting observations in Powerball as well.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Right off the heels of the May 2nd drawing, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made an encore. Yes, that means the Patterns for both Lotto Texas and Powerball played together that night! Saturday night’s winning numbers were 14, 29, 36, 57, 61, and PB 17.

Powerball was the quiet one. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Given that this Pattern has now played 79 times, and that there have been 270 Powerball drawings, this Pattern has played in 29.3% of them.

With 24 appearances, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has played in 30.4% of the 79 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 8.89% of all 270 drawings. This General Order was last seen on April 21st, 2018. And wouldn’t ya know it? That was the last time we saw Lotto Texas’s 1 3 2 Specific Order (before Saturday).

The “copycatting” was broken with the 1 0 2 0 2 1 Specific Order. Now with three appearances, this Specific Order has played in 12.5% of the 24 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.80% of the 79 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.11% of all 270 drawings. We last saw the 1 0 2 0 2 1 Specific Order on July 2nd, 2016.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were no repeating Three-Number Combinations in Powerball.

Could the {3-2-1} and {2-2-1-1} Patterns be joined together on Wednesday night?

Return of the Playback

For Lotto Texas, the month of April ended with a playback. And wouldn’t you know it? A playback happened again on May 2nd! Which Pattern-Specific Order pair saw this phenomenon? Well, it wasn’t the {2-2-2} Pattern/2 2 2 Specific Order. That would’ve been an Australia Play, a.k.a. “The Ultimate Playback”.

Powerball avoided the allure of not only the playback, but grand plays in general. It found normalcy to be quite alluring.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern made its fourth consecutive appearance with winning numbers 1, 2, 16, 27, 36, and 38.

The {3-2-1} Pattern back for four. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Given its 807th appearance, this Pattern has played in 52.2% of the 1547 drawings so far in Lotto Texas.

By the powers of deduction, that means the 3 2 1 Specific Order made an encore. Now with 144 appearances, this Specific Order has played in 17.8% of the 807 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. This Specific Order has also played in 9.31% of all 1547 drawings.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Once again, there were no repeating Four-Number Combinations.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

And now it’s time to talk of Powerball’s comparatively “normal” night. With winning numbers 5, 14, 31, 40, 50, and PB 6, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played 78 times.

A new Pattern was the “safest” play. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Given that there have been 269 Powerball drawings, this Pattern has played in 29% of them. Prior to Wednesday night, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played on April 21st, 2018.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, now with 30 appearances, has played in 38.5% of the 78 drawings where the winning Pattern was {2-2-1-1}. And, this General Order has played in 11.2% of all 269 drawings. The [2-2-1-1] General Order was last seen on February 14th, 2018.

Now with three appearances, the 2 0 2 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 10% of the 30 drawings where the General Order was [2-2-1-1] and in 3.85% of the 78 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 269 drawings, this Pattern has played 1.12% of the time. The 2 0 2 1 0 1 Specific Order was last seen over two years ago in the February 6th, 2016 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Powerball was so normal that there were no repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Will Saturday night be a sense of déjà vu, or will other Patterns get their shot?

Mega Millions’ Springtime Serenade

The chill is gone! Springtime is here to stay, and what with May right around the corner, it’s going to start feeling like summer soon enough. Before we get lost in dreams about tropical paradises, let’s focus on the April 27th Mega Millions drawing. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streak got snuffed out, but the night was anything but quiet. This was also a pretty good night for those of you out there who love repeating Three-Number Combinations.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern had the honor of crashing the streak. With winning numbers 2, 29, 38, 63, 66, and MB 11, this Pattern made its 100th appearance.

{2-2-1-1} Pattern now in the captain’s chair. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 28.3% of the 353 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen on April 13th, 2018.

With its 34th appearance, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has now played in 34% of the 100 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 9.63% of all 353 drawings. Prior to Friday night, this General Order played on February 9th, 2018.

Now with three appearances, the 1 0 2 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 8.82% of the 34 drawings where the General Order of the evening was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3% of the 100 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.85% of all 353 drawings. The 1 0 2 0 2 1 Specific Order was last seen on August 28th, 2015. The Specific Order from that night was 1 0 2 1 1 1.

Three Number Combination(s)

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations Friday night:

Two good (repeating) Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

With Friday night’s drawing, Mega Millions bid “Adieu” to April and is now looking ahead to May. In fact, it will have the honor of being the first lottery covered for that month! Will the month begin with a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore or with a Pattern that is rarely seen?

Fighting the Freeze

Things are starting to warm up in Houston and other parts of the U.S. Whether or not we’re going to board the weather roller coaster again anytime soon is best left to the professionals. Meanwhile, we can say that both Lotto Texas and Powerball were determined to heat things up April 21st. “Quiet” was not the word of the evening!

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 17, 20, 24, 28, 49, and 53, the {3-2-1} Pattern played for the 804th time.

The undisputed leader of Lotto Texas patterns: the {3-2-1}. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Given the 1544 Lotto Texas drawings so far, this Pattern has played in 52.1% of them and was last seen on April 7th, 2018.

Now with 121 appearances, the 1 3 2 Specific Order has played in 15% of the 804 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. This Specific Order has also now played in 7.84% of all 1544 drawings. Prior to Saturday night, it previously played on February 14th, 2018.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Repeating Four-Number Combinations are a fail-safe way to spice it up. There were three of them this time:

  • 17, 24, 49, 53 (Debuted April 23rd, 2016)
  • 17, 24, 28, 49 (Debuted November 7th, 2007)
  • 20, 24, 28, 49 (Debuted November 11th, 2009)
From the depths of the {3-2-1} Pattern. Source: lotterytrend.com.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen three repeating Four-Number Combinations in Lotto Texas. How fitting that on their return that we’d see one that made its debut over ten years ago!

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 77th appearance with winning numbers 40, 50, 54, 62, 69, PB 19.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern chugs along. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has played in 34.1% of the 266 Powerball drawings and was last seen in the April 7th, 2018 drawing.

You could say Lotto Texas and Powerball were joined at the hip Saturday night.

With its 23rd appearance, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has played in 29.9% of the 77 drawings where the winning Pattern was {2-2-1-1} and in 8.66% of all 266 drawings. This General Order was seen alongside the {2-2-1-1} Pattern in the earlier-mentioned April 7th drawing.

Alas, a playback was not meant to be. Now with three appearances, the 0 0 1 2 2 1 Specific Order has played in 13% of the 23 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.90% of the 77 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 266 drawings, this General Order has played 1.13% of the time. We last saw the 0 0 1 2 2 1 Specific Order in the October 18th, 2017 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Along for the ride were three repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 40, 50, 62 (Debuted February 10th, 2016 and previously played July 16th, 2016)
  • 62, 69, PB 19 (Debuted October 17th, 2015)
  • 40, 69, PB 19 (Debuted January 23rd, 2016)
The power of “3”. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will either the {3-2-1} Pattern or the {2-2-1-1} Pattern be bold enough to establish a Pattern streak to end the month?

(Not) Very Superstitious

It happened again! Exactly six months ago, we covered a Mega Millions drawing that happened on Friday the 13th. Triskaidekaphobics everywhere can now breathe a sigh of relief. But, for the triskaidekaphobes (and those who aren’t) who also play Mega Millions and live for Pattern encores, then Friday night was the night for you!

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 8, 9, 32, 42, 59, and MB 10, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 99th appearance.

An encore for Friday the 13th. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 349 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has now played 28.4% of the time.

Fun fact: This Pattern also played in the October 13th, 2017 drawing.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, making its 35th appearance, has now played in 35.4% of the 99 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General order has also played in 10.0% of all 349 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the [2-2-1-1] General Order was last seen on January 23rd, 2018.

Now with five appearances, the 2 0 2 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 14.3% of the 35 drawings where the General Order was [2-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.01% of the 99 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern, and in 1.43% of all 349 drawings. We last saw the 2 0 2 0 1 1 Specific Order in the February 3rd, 2017 drawing. This was reconfigured from the 2 2 0 0 1 1 Specific Order seen that night.

Three Number Combination(s)

The repeating Three-Number Combinations weren’t too fond of the 13th.

Will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern go for the three-peat in Tuesday’s drawing?

A Chilly Trend?

Mega Millions kicked off this past weekend in a sleepy state. What with how cold it was over a sizable part of Lottery Trend Country, it fit the mood. Temperatures started to warm up, but the April 10th drawing was similar to what we saw last time. Although this is only the third drawing we’ve covered for April, what we’ve seen this month is a far cry from the madness of March.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 5, 13, 31, 43, 53, and MB 20, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 98th appearance.

Pattern: {2-2-1-1}. Current mood: Hibernating. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 348 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played in 28.2% of them, and was last seen in the March 6th, 2018 drawing.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 31st appearance and has played in 31.6% of the 98 drawings where the winning Pattern was {2-2-1-1}. This General Order has also played in 8.91% of all 348 drawings and was seen alongside the {2-2-1-1} Pattern in the earlier-mentioned March 6th drawing. A flicker of warmth indeed!

If only a playback had occurred! The 2 0 1 2 0 1 Specific Order was last seen in the July 28th, 2017 drawing. Now with that said, this Specific Order has played in 12.9% of the 31 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.08% of the 98 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 348 drawings, the 2 0 1 2 0 1 Specific Order played 1.15% of the time.

Three Number Combination(s)

There were no repeating Three-Number Combinations this time.

Will Mega Millions hit the snooze button Friday night, or will it jump out of bed, ready to take names?

 

Getting Back on the Bike

What makes riding a bike wonderful, aside from the exercise, is that you never forget how to ride one. Something similar happened on April 7th. The {3-2-1} Pattern of Lotto Texas fame saw a Pattern encore. Powerball didn’t see one, but there were some rumblings amongst the Combinations.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

Right off the heels of Wednesday night’s drawing, the {3-2-1} Pattern made its 803rd appearance with winning numbers 15, 18, 28, 31, 33, and 51.

The {3-2-1} Pattern is ever-persistent. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Given that here have been 1540 Lotto Texas drawings, this Pattern has played in 52.1% of them. Could it be that this Pattern is trying to re-establish a Pattern streak?

Moving on to the specifics, the 2 3 1 Specific Order, now with 131 appearances, has played in 16.3% of the 803 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. This Specific Order has also played in 8.51% of all 1540 drawings. Prior to Saturday night, we last saw the 2 3 1 Specific Order in the March 10th, 2018 drawing.

Four-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Four-Number Combination of the evening was 15, 18, 33, 51.

Near the top of the list. Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Combination made its debut in the December 25th, 2010 drawing.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Powerball saw the 76th appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern. This time, the winning numbers were 2, 17, 20, 38, 39, and PB 20.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern wasn’t so long ago, either. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has played in 29% of the 262 Powerball drawings, and previously played on March 28th, 2018.

With 22 appearances, the [1-2-2-1] General Order has played in 28.9% of the 76 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 8.40% of all 262 drawings. The [1-2-2-1] General Order was last seen on March 3rd, 2018.

Now with five appearances, the 1 2 2 0 0 1 Specific Order has played in 22.7% of the 22 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.58% of the 76 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 262 drawings, this Specific Order has played 1.90% of the time. The 1 2 2 0 0 1 Specific Order was seen alongside the [1-2-2-1] General Order in the March 3rd drawing mentioned earlier.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Powerball saw a repeating Three-Number Combination in the form of 2, 17, 20.

Top of the list, and leading the way. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Combination made its debut in the November 4th, 2015 drawing.

Will the {3-2-1} Pattern go on to make a three-peat appearance in Wednesday’s drawing? Will Powerball continue to see repeating Three-Number Combinations?