Unicorn Sighting

There have been, ahem, unicorn sightings on Instagram and other social media outlets. Of course, I’m talking about the Unicorn Frappuccino, the brightly-colored drink that has sent baristas into rages and has been called, in some circles, “Diabetes in a cup”.

The elusive unicorn, in all its splendor. Credit to Starbucks.

No, I was unable to catch this unicorn; it sold out in a matter of hours. But, there was a unicorn sighting, of sorts, in April 21st’s Mega Millions drawing. It isn’t often that the Pattern and the General Order and the Specific Order were last seen together on the same date!

Unlike the {3-2-1} Pattern in Lotto Texas, the {3-2-1} Pattern isn’t commonly seen in Mega Millions. Friday night’s winning numbers were 1, 12, 13, 32, 34, and MB 10.

Winning Mega Millions numbers.

With 23 appearances, this Pattern has now played in 6.28% of the 366 drawings.

Making its 11th appearance, the [3-2-1] General Order has played in 47.8% of the 23 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared. This General Order has also appeared in 3.01% of all 366 drawings.

Finally, the 3 0 2 0 0 1 Specific Order made its second appearance. This Specific Order has now played in approximately 18.2% of the 11 drawings where the [3-2-1] Pattern has appeared, 8.70% of the 23 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 0.55% of all Mega Millions drawings.

Of course, I’ve saved the best for last. Friday night’s Pattern, General Order, and Specific Order were all last seen in the December 16th, 2016 drawing.

There were no repeating Three-Number Combinations Friday night.

As the unicorn hype dies down, will Mega Millions see other rare Patterns get to play?

Golden Explosion

The night before Easter was a busy one, with Lotto Texas seeing the lion’s share of the action. There was a Pattern encore, and a repeat appearance of a Five-Number Combination. The last time such an occurrence was covered on our blog was over six months ago. Talk about uncommon!

Lotto Texas

Right off the heels of Wednesday’s drawing, the {3-2-1} Pattern made its 748th appearance in the April 15th drawing. The winning numbers were 2, 11, 36, 40, 42, and 53.

Winning Lotto Texas numbers.

This reigning Pattern has now played in 52% of the 1438 Lotto Texas drawings so far.

Making its 111th appearance, the 2 1 3 Specific Order has now played in 14.8% of the 748 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared. This statistic becomes 7.72% when taking all 1438 drawings into account. Prior to Saturday, this Specific Order previously played in the January 28th, 2017 drawing.

The big draw of the evening was the repeat appearance of the Five-Number Combination 2, 36, 40, 42, and 53.

Five-Number Combination highlighted in red box.

Now, the key thing to remember when dealing with a Five-Number Combination is that there are five Four-Number Combinations that repeat as well. The Combinations were as follows:

  1. ) 36, 40, 42, 53
  2. ) 2, 40, 42, 53
  3. ) 2, 36, 42, 53
  4. ) 2, 36 50, 53
  5. ) 2, 36, 40, 42
The resulting Four-Number Combinations (blue box)

All of the above Combinations made their debut in the August 28th, 2002 drawing. To put things in perspective, Wikipedia was in its infancy and cell phones were becoming more affordable. Smart phones? Forget about ‘em.

 Powerball

In contrast to Lotto Texas, Powerball didn’t see any repeating Combinations, nor did its {3-2-1} Pattern make an encore. Wouldn’t that have been something? However, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern retained its position as the most commonly seen Pattern. The 57th appearance was marked by winning numbers 5, 22, 26, 45, 61, and PB 13.

Winning Powerball numbers.

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 35.625% of the 160 Powerball drawings, and previously played in the April 8th drawing exactly one week prior.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order made its 15th appearance, and has now played in 26.3% of the 57 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. When looking at all 160 drawings, this statistic becomes 9.375%. This General Order was seen two weeks prior in the April 1st drawing. No foolin’.

Last, and certainly not least, the 1 2 0 1 1 1 Specific Order made its third appearance. This Specific Order has played in 20% of the 15 drawings where the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order appeared, 5.26% of the 57 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and 1.875% of all 160 drawings. Prior to Saturday, the last time the 1 2 0 1 1 1 Specific Order was seen was in the May 7th, 2016 drawing.

Will Powerball grab a piece of the action in the week ahead, or will Lotto Texas continue to be the most active?

Mirror, Mirror

Lotto Texas and Powerball mirrored each other the night of April 12th. If you were to look at just the Patterns, they were identical. If you were to take a deeper look, then you’d notice the many differences. One such difference is that this Pattern is very common in Lotto Texas, not so much in Powerball.

For those of you just tuning in to this humble blog (or need a reminder), the Lottery Trend analysis team never takes things at the surface level.

Lotto Texas

The {3-2-1} Pattern continued to dwarf all other Lotto Texas Patterns in the appearance department, with 747 to date. The winning numbers on Wednesday night were 5, 26, 30, 31, 46, and 54.

Winning Texas Lottery numbers.

This Pattern has now played in approximately 52% of the 1437 drawings, and was last seen in the April 5th drawing exactly one week ago.

Making its 112th appearance, the 1 3 2 Specific Order has played in 15% of the 747 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 7.79% of all 1437 drawings. Like the {3-2-1} Pattern, the 1 3 2 Specific Order previously played on April 5th.

As for repeating Four-Number Combinations, there were none to speak of.

Powerball

In contrast to Lotto Texas’s {3-2-1} Pattern, Powerball’s {3-2-1} Pattern isn’t very common at all. Having just made its seventh appearance last night, it’s one of the least commonly seen Patterns. The winning numbers were 8, 14, 61, 63, 68, and PB 24.

Winning Powerball numbers.

This Pattern has now played in 4.40% of the 159 Powerball drawings, and previously played in the February 18th, 2017 drawing.

Now with five appearances, the [2-3-1] General Order has played in approximately 71.4% of the seven drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared. When taking all the Powerball drawings into account, this statistic becomes 3.14%. The [2-3-1] General Order was last seen in the January 25th, 2017 drawing.

Since there were no repeating Three-Number Combinations, let’s end the Powerball coverage with the debut of Specific Order 2 0 0 0 3 1. This Specific Order has now played in 20% of the five drawings where the [2-3-1] General Order has appeared, as well as about 14.3% of the seven drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared. When considering all 159 drawings, this stat becomes 0.63%.

 

What was just discussed in this evening’s post was in fact covered once before here on Lottery Binge. It’s not often that the Patterns for both Lotteries would be the same! Now, with the next drawings being held the day before Easter, will there be golden eggs?

No Foolin’

April is now in full swing and another Wednesday has come and gone. The results from Lotto Texas and Powerball showed that April 5th was far from a quiet night. Lotto Texas saw most of the excitement, but don’t count Powerball out!

Lotto Texas

The {3-2-1} Pattern made an encore appearance, with winning numbers 8, 20, 21, 26, 51, and 52.

Winning Texas Lottery numbers.

With 746 appearances, this Pattern continues to leave all other Lotto Texas Patterns in the dust. As of Wednesday, it has played in roughly 52% of the 1435 drawings. Recall that the {3-2-1} Pattern previously played in Saturday’s drawing.

The 1 3 2 Specific Order made its 111th appearance. Like the {3-2-1} Pattern, this Specific Order was also last seen this past Saturday. With that said, the 1 3 2 Specific Order has now played in 14.9% of the 746 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 7.74% of all Lotto Texas drawings.

Although there were no repeating Four-Number Combinations, we saw not one, but two similar spreads in Wednesday’s drawing. One of these similar spreads was 05:01:01:12:25, and the winning numbers for the night of April 4th, 2007 were 8, 13, 14, 15, 27, and 52. Another similar spread came in the form of 05:12:01:01:25 on February 16th, 2008. The winning numbers were 9, 14, 26, 27, 28, and 53. Given that the winning numbers from Wednesday night were 8, 20, 21, 26, 51, and 52, the spread was 12:01:05:25:01.  As is the nature of similar spreads, the differences between numbers in these drawings were the same, but the orders were different.

What antics did Powerball get up to?

Powerball

Compared to Lotto Texas, Powerball was much calmer. There were no similar spreads, nor were there repeating Three-Number Combinations. Even so, that didn’t stop the debut of a new Specific Order.

Wednesday’s drawing marked the 29th appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern, with winning numbers 8, 20, 46, 53, 54, and PB 13.

Winning Powerball numbers.

This Pattern has now played in 18.5% of the 157 Powerball drawings and was last seen in the March 4th drawing, which was a little more than a month ago.

Next, the [1-1-3-1] General Order made its 12th appearance, its first since the February 15th, 2017 drawing. This General Order has now played in 41.4% of the 29 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 7.64% of all drawings.

Our Lottery Trend analysis/recap for Powerball concludes with the debut of the 1 1 0 3 0 1 Specific Order. This has now played in 8.33% of the 12 drawings where the [1-1-3-1] General Order has appeared, 3.45% of the 29 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 0.64% of all drawings.

Looking ahead to Saturday, will another Specific Order make its debut? Will the {3-2-1} Pattern in Lotto Texas go for a three-peat appearance?

Two Rounds of 3-2-1

Although we saw no repeating Four-Number (Lotto Texas) or Three-Number Combinations (Powerball) on February 18th, the pre-Mardi Gras momentum kept going. Powerball saw a General Order that hadn’t played in almost a year and a new Specific Order. Although Powerball had most of the momentum, there was one moment it got to share with Lotto Texas. That moment was the Pattern.

Lotto Texas

For the 739th time, the {3-2-1} Pattern played with winning numbers 5, 11, 14, 21, 38, and 44.

Winning Texas Lottery numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

This Pattern has now played in 52% of the 1422 Lotto Texas drawings. Additionally, the {3-2-1} Pattern remains the most commonly seen Pattern by a wide margin. We last saw this Pattern earlier this month in the February 1st drawing.

The Specific Order of the evening was 3 1 2, making its 134th appearance. This Specific Order has played in 18.1% of the 739 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 9.42% of all drawings. Prior to Saturday, we last saw the 3 1 2 Specific Order play in the January 11th, 2017 drawing.

Powerball

 Just as in Lotto Texas, the {3-2-1} Pattern played. The winning numbers were 3, 7, 9, 31, 33, and PB 20.

Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Unlike the {3-2-1} Pattern in Lotto Texas, this is one of the least commonly seen Patterns in Powerball. Now with six appearances, Powerball’s {3-2-1} Pattern has played in approximately 4.17% of the 144 drawings. This Pattern was last seen in the January 25th, 2017 drawing.

The [3-2-1] General Order made its second appearance, its first since the March 16th, 2016 drawing. As of Saturday, this General Order has played in 33.3% of the six drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 1.39% of all drawings.

The biggest development of the evening was the debut of the 3 0 2 0 0 1 Specific Order. This Specific Order has now played in half of the two drawings where the [3-2-1] General Order has appeared, approximately 16.7% of the six drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 0.69% of all drawings.

Will other rarely-seen Patterns appear in the week ahead? Will other Specific Orders make their debut?

3-2-1 All Around!

If the results of January 4th, 2017 were anything to go by, both Lotto Texas and Powerball began the year with a bang. Wednesday night’s results were rare in more ways than one.

Lotto Texas

The {3-2-1} Pattern had a three-peat, and continues to be the most commonly seen Pattern by a long shot. The winning numbers were 5, 7, 36, 39, 40, and 44.

Winning Texas Lottery numbers. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning Texas Lottery numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

Now with 735 appearances, this Pattern has played in 52.2% of the 1409 drawings. Recall that both the December 28th and December 31st drawings from last week were the last times we saw the {3-2-1} Pattern.

The 2 1 3 Specific Order made its 109th appearance, and has now played in 14.8% of the 735 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played, and in 7.74% of all Lotto Texas drawings. Prior to Wednesday, we last saw the 2 1 3 Specific Order in the September 3rd, 2016 drawing.

Powerball

Wednesday’s Powerball also had the {3-2-1} Pattern. The winning numbers were 16, 17, 29, 41, 42, and PB 4.

Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Unlike the {3-2-1} in Lotto Texas, this {3-2-1} Pattern is one of the least commonly seen Patterns in Powerball. In fact, this Pattern has played so few times that Wednesday’s drawing brought the total number of appearances of the {3-2-1} Pattern to four. Powerball’s {3-2-1} Pattern has now played in 3.05% of the 131 Powerball drawing, and had previously played in the March 16th, 2016 drawing.

Next, the [2-3-1] General Order made its first appearance in over a year. Now having played three times, this General Order has appeared in 75% of the four drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played, and in 2.29% of all Powerball drawings. To see when the [2-3-1] General Order previously played, we need to go back to October 17th, 2015.

Finally, the 0 2 3 0 0 1 Specific Order made its second appearance, its first since the October 14th, 2015 drawing. This Specific Order has now appeared in 66.7% of the three drawings where the [2-3-1] General Order has appeared, 50% of the four drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern appeared, and in 1.53% of all drawings.

Having Lotto Texas and Powerball play the same Pattern is not a common sight! As we look ahead to Saturday’s drawing, will we see another uncommon sight, or will we see something a bit more “normal”?

Mid-Month Breather

Christmas is fast approaching. Kids have been let out for the holiday, or soon will be, and Christmas shopping madness will be ratcheting up. Perhaps it was a good thing that Mega Millions decided to gift us with a breather.

The December 16th drawing was the 22nd appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern. This not oft-seen Pattern was thanks to winning numbers 1, 8, 15, 36, 43, and MB 6.

Winning Mega MIllions numbers from lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega MIllions numbers from lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The {3-2-1} Pattern has now played in 6.67% of the 330 Mega Millions drawings to date. Prior to Friday’s drawing, we last saw this Pattern on November 18th, 2016.

The [3-2-1] General Order made its 10th appearance, its first since the November 8th, 2016 drawing. As of Friday’s drawing, this General Order has appeared in approximately 45.5% of the 22 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern played, and in 3.03% of all drawings.

The highlight of this otherwise quiet evening was the debut of the 3 0 2 0 0 1 Specific Order. With that said, this Specific Order has now appeared in 10% of the 10 drawings where the [3-2-1] General Order has played, 4.55% of the 22 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played, and 0.30% of all drawings.

As we look ahead to the last week of Christmas shopping, will Mega Millions gift us with more rarely-seen plays? Will another Specific Order make its debut?

A Slight Warm Up

The holiday season is fast approaching. Thanksgiving is only a few days away and the Christmas shopping will soon follow, if it hasn’t crept up already. What better way to kick off the holidays than a slight warm-up in the lottery world? Although the November 19th, 2016 Lotto Texas and Powerball drawings didn’t see any major plays, there was a surprise or two!

Lotto Texas

The 727th appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern was made possible by winning numbers 15, 19, 21, 34, 40, and 49.

Winning Texas Lottery numbers from lotterytrend.com.
Winning Texas Lottery numbers from lotterytrend.com.

As of Saturday, the {3-2-1} Pattern has played in 52.1% of the 1396 Lotto Texas drawings. When it comes to Patterns, the {3-2-1} is second-to-none. We last saw this Pattern a week ago, in the November 12th drawing.

The {3-2-1} Pattern gave way to the 1 3 2 Specific Order, making its 107th appearance. This Specific Order has now appeared in 14.7% of the 727 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played and 7.66% of all Lotto Texas drawings. Prior to Saturday’s drawing, the 1 3 2 Specific Order previously played in the October 26th, 2016 drawing.

As quiet as November has been, the surprise of the evening was the appearance of two Four-Number Combinations. These were

  • 15, 21, 40, and 49, which first played August 30th, 2014 and
  • 19, 21, 34, and 40, which first played October 10th, 2007.
Repeating Four-Number Combinations are highlighted in red boxes
Repeating Four-Number Combinations are highlighted in red boxes

Powerball

Powerball saw a three-peat appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern. The winning numbers this time around were 16, 24, 28, 43, 61, and PB 21.

Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Now with 21 appearances, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 17.8% of the 118 Powerball drawings. Recall that the {3-1-1-1} Pattern not only appeared previously in the November 16th drawing, but the November 12th drawing as well.

We saw the [3-1-1-1] General Order make its fifth appearance, its first since the October 29th, 2016 drawing. This General Order has now played in 23.8% of the 21 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and in 4.24% of all Powerball drawings.

Finally, we come to the 0 3 0 1 1 1 Specific Order, making its second appearance. As of Saturday, the 0 3 0 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 40% of the five drawings where the [3-1-1-1] General Order has appeared, 9.52% of the 21 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and 1.69% of all Powerball drawings. The 0 3 0 1 1 1 Specific Order made its debut in the June 4th, 2016 drawing.

Lotto Texas and Powerball will have their drawings again the day before Thanksgiving. Will we be in for a shocker, or will we be handed a giant turkey?

Embracing Normality

Thanksgiving is fast approaching in Lottery Trend Country and people far and wide are making their preparations and debating on which team to root for that day. Mega Millions took a more measured approach. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern did not make an encore appearance, and there were no major plays nor upsets. The November 18th, 2016 Mega Millions drawing could be summed up with one word: “normal”, or what would pass as such.

The 21st appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern was marked with winning numbers 31, 32, 49, 55, 58, and MB 15.

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

As of Friday, the {3-2-1} Pattern has played in 6.52% of all 322 drawings to date. We last saw this Pattern not too long ago in the November 8th drawing.

The [2-3-1] General Order made its twelfth appearance and was last seen in the November 1st drawing. With that said, the [2-3-1] Pattern has appeared in 57.1% of the 21 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played and 3.73% of all 322 drawings.

Despite the normalcy exhibited by Friday’s drawing, the most extraordinary event of the evening was the debut of the 0 0 2 3 0 1 Specific Order. This now means that this Specific Order has played in approximately 8.33% of the 12 drawings that the [2-3-1] General Order has played. Going further, the 0 0 2 3 0 1 Specific Order has played in 4.76% of the 21 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern appeared, and 0.31% of all Mega Millions drawings.

Will Mega Millions continue to wrap itself in the comforting blanket of normality? Will there be an upset just in time for Thanksgiving, or even Black Friday?

A Night of Upsets

We’re in the middle of yet another history-making week. November 8th was truly a night to remember in more ways than one. While an upset was occurring in the U.S. election, the lottery world saw some rumblings in Mega Millions.

One such rumbling was the 20th appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern. The winning numbers on Tuesday night were as follows: 46, 47, 53, 61, 74, and MB 2.

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

The {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared in 6.27% of the 319 drawings to date. Only two other Patterns have played fewer times: {4-1-1} (12, which puts it at 3.76%) and {5-1} (has yet to play). Prior to Tuesday night, we last saw the {3-2-1} Pattern in the November 1st drawing a week prior.

The [3-2-1] General Order made its ninth appearance and to see when it last played, we’d need to go back to the March 29th, 2016 drawing. With that said, the [3-2-1] General Order has played in 45% of the 20 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played. After taking all 319 drawings into account, this becomes 2.82% of the time.

The second rumbling of the evening was the debut of the 0 0 0 3 2 1 Specific Order. We’ve now seen the 0 0 0 3 2 1 Specific Order play in 11.1% of the 9 drawings where the [3-2-1] General Order has appeared. When looking at the 20 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played, this shrinks to 2.82%. Finally, when taking all 319 drawings into account, the 0 0 0 3 2 1 Specific Order has played 0.31% of the time.

The last Mega Millions rumbling of the evening came in the repeat appearance of the Three-Number Combination 46, 48, and 74.

Three-Number Combinations snippet from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combo is in the red box.
Three-Number Combinations snippet from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combo is in the red box.

This Combination made its debut in the May 13th, 2014 drawing.

Now that we’re entering calmer waters, will we see another Specific Order debut soon? Will the {3-2-1} Pattern go for an encore?