The Common and the Rare

Is it the high of life, or a pre-Halloween sugar rush? Whatever it is, Lotto Texas and Powerball showed no signs of slowing down on October 19th. In one way, they were like night and day. Lotto Texas saw its most commonly played Pattern whereas Powerball saw one of its least commonly played Patterns. Nevertheless, that Pattern is a gem in and of itself.

Lotto Texas

For the 722nd time since Lotto Texas went to the 1-54 numbering system, the {3-2-1} Pattern made an appearance. Wednesday’s winning numbers were 16, 22, 31, 38, 43, and 51.

Winning Texas Lotto Numbers. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning Texas Lotto Numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

Of the 1387 drawings, the {3-2-1} Pattern has played in 52.1% of them. We last saw this Pattern a couple of weeks ago in the October 5th drawing.

The 1 2 3 Specific order made its 134th appearance, its first since the September 21st, 2016 drawing. This Specific Order has appeared in 18.6% of the 722 drawings that have {3-2-1} as the winning Pattern, and in 9.66% of all Lotto Texas drawings.

Two Four-Number Combinations repeated last night, and their debut dates were truly something to behold:

  • 16, 22, 43, and 51, which first played September 23rd, 2015 and
  • 16, 31, 38, and 51, which first played September 23rd, 2006.
Snippet of Four-Number Combinations from lotterytrend.com. Repeating Combinations are in red boxes.
Snippet of Four-Number Combinations from lotterytrend.com. Repeating Combinations are in red boxes.

As you can see from the dates above, the debut dates were exactly nine years apart. That does not happen very often!

Powerball

Although the {3-1-1-1} Pattern didn’t make a four-peat appearance, we saw the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern play for the first time since July 16th, 2016. What makes this Pattern special is that its General Order is [1-1-1-1-1-1] and its Specific Order is 1 1 1 1 1 1. When the Pattern and the General Order and the Specific Order are the same in Powerball (and Mega Millions), we call this an Australia Play.

This edition of the Australia Play was brought to you by 10, 16, 38, 43, 63, and PB 23.

Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.

The Australia Play has appeared in 11 of the 109 Powerball drawings to date, which means that it has played 10.1% of the time. This statistic applies to not only the Pattern, but the General Order and Specific Order as well.

We saw a repeating Three-Number Combination in the form of 16, 38, and 63, which debuted December 23rd, 2015. Talk about an early Christmas gift.

Snippet of Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-powerball.com. The repeating Combination is in the red box.
Snippet of Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-powerball.com. The repeating Combination is in the red box.

Will Saturday’s drawing give us another rarely seen Pattern?

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