Another Pattern Takes the Reins

The August 19th, 2016 Mega Millions drawing saw the end of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern’s streak. In fact, the reins were handed over to the second most commonly seen Pattern. Although it may not sound much different, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern retains its comfortable lead.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern appeared for the 93rd time, and the winning numbers were provided by 22, 37, 45, 65, 73, and MB 13.

Winning numbers from
Winning numbers from

Given that there have been 296 Mega Millions drawings to date, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played 31.4% of the time. Interestingly, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern previously appeared in the July 26th, 2016 drawing, right before the beginning of the {2-1-1-1-1} streak!

The [1-2-2-1] General Order made its 24th appearance, its first since July 5th, 2016. Out of the 93 drawings in which the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played, this General Order has played 25.8% of the time. This becomes approximately 8.1% of the time when we look at all 296 drawings.

Out of the ashes of the broken {2-1-1-1-1} streak we saw not just the {2-2-1-1}, but a brand new Specific Order. For the first time in lottery blogging history, the 0 1 2 0 2 1 Specific Order made its appearance in Mega Millions. With a first-time appearance, it has played in 4.17% of drawings in which the [1-2-2-1] General Order has played (1/24), 1.08% of drawings in which the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played (1/93), and 0.34% of all Mega Millions drawings (1/296).

Friday’s drawing also brought us the repeat appearance of two Three-Number Combinations:

  • 22, 65, and MB 13 which first played December 10th, 2013


  • 22, 45, and 64 which first played January 14th, 2014.
Winning Three-Number Combinations are highlighted in the red boxes. Taken from
Winning Three-Number Combinations are highlighted in the red boxes. Taken from

As the Olympics wind down and more kids head back to school, will Mega Millions mellow out, or will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern be daring enough to establish its own streak? Will another Specific Order make its world debut?

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