Lucky 13

Of course, Mega Millions decides to spice things up on the 13th! On the surface, Tuesday’s drawing pointed to yet another mellow evening. Sure, the most commonly played Pattern came back after a week of absence, but, things get more interesting when you look deeper. One point of interest is that the Specific Order of the evening hadn’t played in almost a year.

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 120th appearance in the September 13th, 2016 drawing thanks to 6, 15, 17, 39, 56, and MB 15.

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

Given that there have been 303 Mega Millions drawings to date, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played 39.6% of the time, and remains second-to-none.

The [2-1-1-1-1] General Order made its 31st appearance, its first since the August 2nd, 2016 drawing. Out of the 120 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order has played 25.8% of the time. Taking all 303 drawings into account, this becomes 10.2%.

The 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order made its fourth (ever) appearance, having last played in the October 13th, 2015 drawing. With 31 drawings where [2-1-1-1-1] is the General Order, the 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order has played 12.9% of the time. This shrinks to 3.33% when looking at the 120 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the Pattern and 1.32% when looking at all 303 Mega Millions drawings.

The other spectacle of the evening was that not one, not two, but three Three-Number Combinations repeated! We had

  • 39, 56, MB 15, which first played August 19th, 2014,
  • 17, 56, MB 15, which first played October 30th, 2015, and
  • 6, 17, MB 15, which first played July 17th, 2015.
The repeating Three-Number Combinations are highlighted in red boxes. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com
The repeating Three-Number Combinations are highlighted in red boxes. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com

As summer (or winter for you Southern Hemisphere readers out there) officially draws to a close, was Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing a warm-up or will it settle back into a chilled approach?

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