Lotto Texas Retro and Powerball Surprises

If the “August Doldrums” were a thing, then Lotto Texas and Powerball didn’t get the memo Wednesday night. Lotto Texas continues to be quite the firecracker with the appearance of a Pattern that doesn’t get much play. In contrast to the July 30th drawing, Powerball shot for the stars, what with a Pattern that could very well become the new “Most Commonly Played Pattern”.

Lotto Texas

The winning numbers for August 3, 2016 were provided by 17, 18, 24, 26, 28, and 35.

Winning numbers. From

These numbers followed the {4-2} Pattern, which has now played 148 times. Although this Pattern previously played on July 23, 2016, there have been 1365 Lotto Texas drawings. Thus, the {4-2} Pattern has played 10.8% of the time.

The 2 4 0 Specific Order made its 25th appearance, and it too previously played on July 23, 2016. Given the 148 appearances of the {4-2} Pattern, the 2 4 0 Specific Order has played 16.9% of the time. Taking all 1365 Lotto Texas drawings into account, we can see that the 2 4 0 Specific Order played 1.83% of the time.

Two Four-Number Combinations played for a second time Wednesday. One such Combination was

  • 17, 18, 26, and 35, which first played October 6, 2007

and the other was

  • 18, 24, 26, and 28, which first played July 21, 2001.
Two Four-Number Combinations (see red boxes) that played back in the 2000s. From
Two Four-Number Combinations (see red boxes) that played back in the 2000s. From

Both Combinations first played in a time when VHS tapes were still a thing although by 2007 they had been largely phased out. For our younger readers who don’t remember or just don’t know what a VHS tape is, Google it.

And now on to Powerball.


The August 3rd Powerball numbers were brought to us by 9, 11, 27, 66, 67, and PB 2.

Winning Powerball numbers. From
Winning Powerball numbers. From

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played for the 30th time, its first appearance since July 27, 2016. With 87 Powerball drawings to date, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has now played 34.5% of the time.  Interestingly, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern is the most commonly seen Pattern to date, having played 32 times.

On the General Order side of things, the [2-1-2-1] General Order played for the 8th time, having previously played on July 23, 2016. The [2-1-2-1] General Order has played 26.7% of the time if we look at just the 30 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played. A look at all 87 Powerball drawings decreases the stats to 9.2% of all plays.

The 2 1 0 0 2 1 Specific Order made its very first appearance in Wednesday’s drawing! So far, the breakdown for this Specific Order is as follows:

  • 12.5% of the time (1/8) the [2-1-2-1] General Order has played
  • 3.3% of the time (1/30) the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played and
  • 1.15% of the time (1/87) given all Powerball drawings.

Powerball also saw a Combination play for the second time. We saw a Three-Number Combination in the form of 66, 67, and PB 2, which first played a little more than eight months ago on November 28, 2015.

The Three-Number Combination that made its second appearance. From
The Three-Number Combination that made its second appearance. From

Will Lotto Texas surprise us with a {4-2} Pattern encore? Will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern establish a streak and overtake the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern as Powerball’s “Most Commonly Seen Pattern”?

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