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?

They Came in Pairs

Tuesday, that day that’s one less to worry about before Friday, and of course, one of the nights when a Mega Millions drawing takes place. Speaking of which, there were no Pattern encores that night, nor did any Specific Orders make their debut. Nonetheless, there were a couple of developments that caught the attention of this blog. One such development was the appearance of two repeating Three-Number Combinations. The other development wasn’t so obvious.

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern remained the most commonly seen Pattern, with Tuesday night’s drawing bringing the number of appearances up to 149. The winning numbers were 8, 29, 30, 43, 64, and MB 6.

Winning Mega Millions numbers.

This Pattern has played in roughly 40.8% of the 365 Mega Millions drawings, and previously played in the April 7th drawing about a week-and-a-half ago.

Having now made 44 appearances, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has played in 29.5% of the 149 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. This statistic becomes 12.1% when looking at all 365 drawings. The [1-2-1-1-1] played alongside the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern in the April 7th drawing described earlier.

The 1 2 1 0 1 1 Specific Order made its 10th appearance, meaning it has now played in 22.7% of the 44 drawings where the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 6.71% of the 149 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 2.74% of all 365 drawings. Date-wise, this Specific Order did not play alongside the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order. Prior to Tuesday, the last time the 1 2 1 0 1 1 Specific Order played was in the February 21st, 2017 drawing.

The repeating Three-Number Combinations of the evening were as follows:

The repeating Three-Number Combinations are in the same row (this time…)

What will Friday’s Mega Millions drawing have in store? Will there be more repeating Three-Number Combinations? Will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern go for an encore appearance?

A Peaceful Good Friday

Happy Easter, Lottery Binge readers! In the last Mega Millions post, there were no major upsets or big plays to be had. The April 14th drawing continued the trend of a quiet evening. Like Tuesday’s drawing, there were no new Specific Orders or rare Patterns. In one respect, Friday’s drawing was even more low-key; there were no repeating Three-Number Combinations.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 110th appearance, with winning numbers 5, 10, 55, 60, 73, and MB 12.

Winning Mega Millions numbers

This Pattern has now played in 30.2% of the 364 Mega Millions drawings to date. Prior to Friday, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern was previously seen in the February 17th, 2017 drawing.

The General Order of the evening was [2-2-1-1]. Now with 39 appearances, this General Order has appeared in 35.5% of the 110 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. In addition, this General Order has played in 10.7% of all drawings. The [2-2-1-1] General Order previously played in the February 3rd, 2017 drawing.

Next is the 2 0 0 2 1 1 Specific Order, making its fifth appearance. This Specific Order has now played in 12.8% of the 39 drawings where the [2-2-1-1] General Order appeared, and 4.55% of the 110 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. When taking all 364 drawings into account, this statistic becomes 1.37%. To see when the 2 0 0 2 1 1 Specific Order previously played, we need to go back to the June 24th, 2016 drawing, which was nearly 10 months ago.

As we look to the week ahead, will there be new Specific Orders? Will an Australia Play surface?

Marchin’, Marchin’

April 11th was mostly quiet. No new Specific Order made a debut, and neither the Pattern nor General Order were rare sights. These three did share one thing in common: they were all previously seen at the end of this past March. There was something in the Mega Millions drawing that kept the night from being completely quiet and that was the repeat appearances of three Three-Number Combinations!

First in the Lottery Binge Mega Millions analysis is the {3-1-1-1} Pattern, making its 59th appearance. The winning numbers were 19, 34, 35, 38 49, and MB 8.

Winning Mega Millions numbers

This Pattern has now played in approximately 16.3% of the 363 Mega Millions drawings. We last saw this Pattern in the March 31st drawing.

The [1-3-1-1] General Order made its 17th appearance, its first since the March 28th drawing. With that said, this General Order has played in 28.8% of the 59 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played. This General Order has also played in 4.68% of all drawings.

Next is the 0 1 3 1 0 1 Specific Order, making its sixth appearance. This means that it has now played in 35.3% of the 17 drawings where the [1-3-1-1] General Order has appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 10.2% of the 59 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 1.65% of all Mega Millions drawings thus far. Like the [1-3-1-1] General Order, the 0 1 3 1 0 1 Specific Order previously played on March 28th.

And now for The Big Reveal. These were the Three-Number Combinations that made a repeat performance:

19, 34, 38 (Debuted March 22nd, 2016)

34, 49, MB 8 (Debuted May 31st, 2016)

19, 38, MB 8 (Debuted November 24th, 2015)

In the red boxes are the repeating Three-Number Combinations

The next Mega Millions drawing is on Good Friday. What type of fish will Mega Millions serve up?

Put on Repeat

Mega Millions, a Friday night ritual for millions of people. Lotteries and rituals are similar in that repetition is king. Now and then, a Specific Order will make its debut in Mega Millions, but that doesn’t happen often. How repetitious was the April 7th drawing? For starters, Tuesday’s winning Pattern made an encore appearance, and there was a repeating Three-Number Combination.

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 148th appearance, with winning numbers 30, 33, 43, 47, 69, and MB 15.

Winning Mega Millions numbers

This Pattern has played in 40.9% of the 362 drawings Mega Millions has had to date.

Moving on, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order made its 43rd appearance, its first since the March 10th, 2017 drawing. With that said, this General Order has now played in approximately 29.1% of the 148 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 11.9% of all Mega Millions drawings.

The 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order made its 7th appearance, and like the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, it also previously played in the March 10th drawing. This Specific Order has now played in 16.3% of the 43 drawings where the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has appeared, 4.73% of the 148 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and 1.93% of all drawings.

Our Mega Millions analysis concludes with the appearance of the repeating Three-Number Combination 30. 69, and MB 15.

The red box highlights the repeating Three-Number Combination.

This Combination made its debut in the December 23rd, 2016 drawing.

With Easter around the corner, what kind of eggs will Mega Millions leave?

Back to Life, Back to Lottery Trend

Hey there, Lottery Binge readers! Lottery Meister (a.k.a. “Freyja Harris”) here, back from vacation. First, I’d like to thank my guest blogger Romulun for holding down the fort while I was in Japan. He’ll continue to be a part of the Lottery Trend team as our lotterytrend-megamillions.com analyst. Before I talk about my Japan adventure, let’s recap what went down in the April 4th, 2017 Mega Millions drawing.

Mega Millions

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 147th appearance Tuesday night with winning numbers 13, 24, 34, 35, 55, and MB 9.

Winning Mega Millions numbers.

There have now been 361 Mega Millions drawings, and the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 40.7% of them. Prior to Tuesday, we last saw this Pattern not too long ago in the March 24th drawing.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order made its 34th appearance, its first since the February 24th, 2017 drawing. This General Order has now played in 23.1% of the 147 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order has also played in 9.42% of all 361 drawings.

Next in our recap is the 1 1 2 1 0 1 Specific Order, which made its 11th appearance. This Specific Order has now played in 32.4% of the 34 drawings where the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order appeared, 7.48% of the 147 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern appeared, and 3.05% of all Mega Millions drawings. To see when the 1 1 2 1 0 1 Specific Order previously played, we need to go back near the beginning of the year, January 10th, 2017 to be precise.

Our Mega Millions analysis concludes with the repeat appearance of the Three-Number Combination 13, 35, and MB 9.

Repeating Three-Number Combination highlighted in red box.

This Combination debuted in the August 28th, 2015 drawing.

And now, I’m going to take some time to talk about my trip.

On March 19th, I left on a 14-hour flight from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston bound for Narita in Tokyo.

Just before leaving Houston.

There were two purposes to my trip: to partake in the sights and to see my cousin, who is currently stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. Our first week was in Tokyo, and our second week was in Okinawa.

Tokyo

I met up with my cousin at Narita and we made our way to the Granbell Hotel Shinjuku via rail, subway, and taxi. Our rooms were small, but the most important thing was that they were clean! The shower had hot water every day and the beds were comfortable.

Tiny room, comfortable bed!

In addition to walking, the subway/rail system was our main method of transportation. Tokyo was the first time either of us had ever used a subway but we got the hang of it. Whenever we got lost or turned around, there were always people available to help us.

One aspect I truly liked about Tokyo was how the parks and the shrines provided sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city. I found Ikebukuro and Ueno to be more laid back than Shinjuku and Akihabara! Ueno Park is where we found a lone cherry tree in full bloom. The other trees in the park either hadn’t sprouted yet, or were in the middle of such. I can only imagine what the park looks like now!

Getting an early start to cherry blossom season.

For our readers who have never been to Tokyo, here are some tips:

  • Buy either (a) a PASMO card or (b) a ticket that grants you access on the Toei and Tokyo Metro subways/trains. Which option you choose is based on the number of days you’re spending in Tokyo. Since we only stayed for five days, we spent ¥1000 each day, or roughly $9.
    1. The subways stop running at midnight.
    2. If you must catch the subway during rush hour, try to aim for a car that has fewer people.
  • If you plan to visit other parts of Japan, buy a JR Rail Pass. We didn’t need one since we stayed in Tokyo the first week. Also, the JR Pass is useless in Okinawa.
  • There will be a lot of walking and standing. Strengthen those legs and don’t forget to stretch before leaving your hotel room!
  • If you visit in winter/early spring, wear layers. The high rises create wind tunnels, and it will feel at least 5 degrees (Fahrenheit) colder.
  • The Sony Building in Ginza is in the process of being replaced by a park, which shall be named Sony Park.
  • Some vending machines will have soda or water in them, while others will have beer, coffee, tea, or even cigarettes. Vending machines are also on just about every corner.
Who said you had to visit New York City?

Okinawa

For the second week, we flew from Narita to Naha and bunked at Kadena Air Base.

As a guest, I needed a pass to show that I belonged on site, and my cousin served as my escort whenever we were on base. Off-base, we partook in the wonders of steak ramen (Stripe) and Coco Curry House.

Shuri Castle provided an interesting lesson on the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa is part of the Ryukyu Islands). One of the most breathtaking sites from the castle was looking out and seeing a bit of the East China Sea. We got a close-up when we went to the Sunabe sea wall.

Low tide and seaweed

Houston is notorious for its hot and muggy summers, and I got word from my cousin that the summers in Kadena are worse. The mountains block any breeze from the sea from reaching inland. I can only imagine how popular the Sunabe sea wall and the beaches are in the summer months!

Kokusai Dori is a strip full of stores and off-beat shops. One such shop allows you to pet owls and, if you pay a little extra, get to hold one!

The first of many owls. This one is stuffed!

The Southeast Botanical Gardens had a variety of plants and animals, and provided a sense of serenity.

When my cousin wasn’t showing me around Okinawa, we’d binge-watch Game of Thrones. Prior to my trip, I had read the first three books, but never watched the show. Let’s just say I’m hooked on the show, and I need to watch seasons 5 and 6 before the next season starts!

Okinawa in general is more laid back than Tokyo, and seeing people drive just about everywhere reminded me of home. Speaking of home, March 30th was when I had bid sayonara to Japan. There were a couple of things I was going to miss:

One of the best sodas ever.
  • Melon Fanta (pictured)– I had my first taste of it from a 500 mL bottle I bought at a 7-11 in Tokyo. The result? I started ordering it with just about every meal. It goes great with steak ramen! This drink isn’t available Stateside.
  • Kit Kats – Yes, Kit Kats are available in the States, but Japanese Kit Kats have a special je n’ais se quoi about them. They come in a variety of flavors, some of which are specific to a region. The beni-imo, or purple sweet potato flavor, is exclusive to Okinawa. Other flavors I had were matcha green tea and wasabi flavor.

Fun fact: “Kit Kat” sounds a lot like きっと 勝つ (kitto katsu), which translated means “You’ll surely win”.  It’s not uncommon for students to eat them before a test. I wouldn’t be at all shocked if some of our Japanese readers munch on a Kit Kat or two before picking numbers!

On the flight back to Houston.

To our readers in Japan, and to all of the nice people who helped us navigate the subways and the restaurants, I have this to say: ありがとう ございます。

A Really Big Surprise–And it’s not an April Fools’ Joke!

Happy April everyone! This is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, once again giving you the latest lottery updates!  And have I got a very good surprise for all you! But first, the details.

Last night on March 31, 2017, as the month came to a close, the Megamillions jackpot was won, courtesy of the winning numbers 17, 24, 27, 32, 58 and MB 10.

Once again, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern played, in its 58th appearance. Currently, it has played in 16.11% of all 360 drawings. The {3-1-1-1} Pattern last played on March 28, 2017.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order made its 20th appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 34.48% of 58 drawings associated with the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and 5.56% of all 360 drawings. The [3-1-1-1] General Order last played on March 14, 2017.

The 0 3 1 1 0 1 Specific Order made its 3rd appearance. Currently, it has appeared in exactly 15% of 20 drawings associated with the [3-1-1-1] General Order, 5.17% of 58 drawings associated with the {3-1-1-1} Pattern, and 1.39% of all 360 drawings. Like the [3-1-1-1] General Order, the 0 3 1 1 0 1 Specific Order last played on March 14, 2017.

 

There were three repeats in Three-Number Combinations. The Combinations comprised the numbers:

  • 17, 24, and 27—which debuted on May 17, 2016.
  • 17, 24, and MB 10—which debuted on June 24, 2014.
  • 27, 58, and MB 10—which debuted on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

And now, the surprise you’ve been waiting for!

3/31/17: 17, 24, 27, 32, 58, MB 10      3/14/17: 16, 23, 28, 33, 59, MB 13.

Look at how close the digits are! This is why at Lottery Trend, we do what we do!

 

Well, looks like we had an early Easter surprise! A March 14, 2017 drawing and last night’s drawing with digits that are very close to each other! But that is the purpose of Specific Orders—a concept created by Mary Semiene Harris, the Architect of Lottery Trend: to help readers/users winnow down their choice of numbers. Generally, drawings that play according to the same Specific Order will be closer in numbers than drawings with different Specific Orders. Until next time, this is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, signing off.

Three-Num Combo Surprise!

Hello again, Lottery Trend Fans! This is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, once again giving you the latest lottery updates!  This time in Megamillions, something special happened in the Three-Number Combinations section. And now for the details.

Last night on March 28, 2017, the winning numbers in Megamillions were 30, 33, 35, 37, 46, and MB 10.

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern made its 57th appearance and, currently, has appeared in 15.88% of all 359 drawings. The pattern last played on March 14, 2017, two weeks prior to last night.

The [1-3-1-1] General Order made its 16th appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 28.07% of 57 drawings associated with the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and 4.46% of all 359 drawings. The [1-3-1-1] General Order last played on September 9, 2016.

The 0 1 3 1 0 1 Specific Order made its 5th appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 31.25% of 16 drawings associated with the [1-3-1-1] General Order, 8.77% of 57 drawings associated with the {3-1-1-1} Pattern, and 1.39% of all 359 drawings. The 0 1 3 1 0 1 Specific Order last played on July 1, 2016.

 

This time, there were two Three-Number Combinations that repeated, one combination even making its third appearance.

The first Three-Number Combination comprised the numbers 33, 46, and MB 10. It made its debut on July 31, 2015.

The second Three-Number Combination comprised the numbers 30, 35, and MB 10. It made its debut on March 21, 2014 and appeared for the second time on July 11, 2014.

 

Surprising, wasn’t it? A Three-Number Combination that appears twice in the same year and then doesn’t play again until three years later. Well, stay tuned for more surprises. Until then, this is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, signing off.

3-time appearance for {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern!

Hello again, Lottery Trend fans! This is your guest blogger, Romulun Harris, giving you the latest lottery updates! Megamillions’ reigning {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern appeared 3 times in a row this week and still sits on the throne! And now the details.

Last night on March 24, 2017, the winning numbers were 5, 28, 37, 61, 69, and MB 1.

The reigning {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 146th appearance and, currently, appeared in 40.78% of all 358 drawings. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern last played on March 21, 2017.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order played for the 35th time. Currently, it has played in 23.97% of 146 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and 9.78% of all 358 drawings. Like the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order last played on March 21, 2017.

The 1 1 1 0 2 1 Specific Order occurred for the 6th time. Currently, it has played in 17.14% of 35 drawings associated with the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, 4.11% of 146 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, and 1.68% of all 358 drawings. The 1 1 1 0 2 1 Specific Order last played on September 20, 2016.

 

There were no repeats in Three-Number Combinations.

 

Well, that was some surprise wasn’t it? Megamillion’s reigning Pattern and General Order both appearing on the previous draw. Stay tuned for even more surprises! Until then, this is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, signing off.

2-1-1-1-1 Still Rules!

Hello, Lotterytrend fans! This is your guest blogger, Romulun Harris, giving you the latest lottery reports. As of late, Megamillion’s reigning {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern is still hot! And now the details.

 

Last night on March 21, 2017, the winning numbers for Megamillions were 4, 45, 53, 73, 75, and MB 7.

Still on the throne is the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern that made its 145th appearance. It has now occurred in 40.62% of all 357 drawings. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its last appearance on St. Patrick’s Day.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order made its 34th appearance. So far, it has appeared in approximately 23.45% of 145 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and 9.52% of all 357 drawings. Just like the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order last played on St. Patrick’s Day.

The 1 0 1 1 2 1 Specific Order made its 13th appearance. So far, it has appeared in approximately 38.24% of 34 drawings associated with the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, 8.97% of 145 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, and 3.64% of all 357 drawings. The 1 0 1 1 2 1 Specific Order last played on January 24, 2017.

 

The repeating Three-Number Combination comprised the numbers 45, 53, and 73. This combination made its debut on September 16, 2014.

 

Well, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern still rules the Megamillions kingdom and, for sure, more surprises are just around the corner. Until next time, this is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, signing off.