Streak Smashing Soiree

So far, September has been unkind to streaks. The highest ranking achieved has been “three-peat”. Neither the Lotto Texas nor Powerball Patterns that appeared Wednesday night played on Saturday. But, with the appearance of a Pattern that doesn’t get much play, and another Pattern that wants to retain its title, one would be tempted to ask “Who needs streaks?”

Lotto Texas

The September 10, 2016 Lotto Texas drawing graced us with 2, 12, 25, 27, 29, and 30, and giving us the 150th appearance of the {4-2} Pattern. We last saw this Pattern this past August on the 20th.

Winning Texas Lotto numbers from
Winning Texas Lotto numbers from

Now with 1376 drawings to date, the {4-2} Pattern has played 10.9% of the time. The stats show that this is not a commonly seen Pattern.

The 2 4 0 Specific Order made its 26th appearance, its first since August 3rd. Out of the 150 drawings where {4-2} was the winning Pattern, this Specific Order has played 17.3% of the time. When taking all 1376 drawings into account, the 2 4 0 Specific Order has played 1.89% of the time.

One highlight of the evening was the repeat appearance of the Four-Number Combination 2, 12, 25, and 27.

The repeating Four-Number Combination highlighted in red. From
The repeating Four-Number Combination highlighted in red. From

This Combination made its debut back on April 12, 2008. Eight years is quite a bit of time!


Although Powerball didn’t have any Three-Number Combination callbacks, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern may as well have said “I don’t think so” to the {2-2-1-1} Pattern. Recall that {2-2-1-1} dethroned the {2-1-1-1-1} as Most Commonly Played Powerball Pattern and that it wasn’t that long ago that {2-1-1-1-1} reclaimed its title…and that last time {2-2-1-1} played. Never mind that {2-1-1-1-1} has played the Saturday prior (September 3rd)!

With its 36th appearance, the {2-1-1-1-1} can still lay claim to its title thanks to the following winning numbers: 3, 17, 49, 55, 68, and PB 8.

Winning Powerball numbers from
Winning Powerball numbers from

With 98 Powerball drawings to date, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played 36.7% of the time.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order made its 7th appearance, its first since August 27th, 2016. Out of the 36 drawings with the {2-1-1-1-1} Winning Pattern, the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order has played 19.4% of the time. When looking at all 98 Powerball drawings, this becomes 7.14%.

The 1 1 0 2 1 1 Specific Order made its second-ever appearance, and has played 28.6% of the time when looking at the 7 drawings where [1-1-2-1-1] was the General Order. This becomes 5.56% when looking at the 36 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern played, and 2.04% of all Powerball drawings. As to when this Specific Order first played? March 19, 2016.

As we approach the middle of the month, will there still be uncommonly played Patterns? Will another power struggle ensue in Powerball?

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