There Be the Power of Three

No, it’s not International Talk Like a Pirate Day (missed it by a month). We saw this humble number appear in subtle, and not so subtle ways, in the October 21st Mega Millions drawing.

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 125th appearance, continuing its reign as the Most Commonly Seen Pattern. The numbers 12, 43, 44, 48, 62, and MB 3 made that possible.

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

Out of the 314 drawings so far, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played 39.8% of the time. We last saw this Pattern play a week ago in the October 14th drawing.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has now appeared in 38 drawings. Given the 125 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} is the Pattern of the evening, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has played 30.4% of the time. When we look at all 314 Mega Millions drawings to date, this becomes 12.1%. This General Order was last seen two weeks ago in the October 7th drawing.

Next, we come to the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order, now having played seven times. In the 38 drawings where [1-2-1-1-1] was the General Order, the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played 18.4% of the time. Looking to the 125 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the Pattern, the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played 5.6% of the time. Finally, this becomes 2.23% when we look at all 314 drawings.  We last saw this Specific Order during the Rio Olympic Games: August 12th, 2016.

Finally, there were three Three-Number Combinations that made an encore:

  • 43, 66, MB 3, which first played April 29th, 2014
  • 12, 44, MB 3, which first played December 3rd, 2013, and
  • 12, 44, 66, which first played August 9th, 2016
Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combinations are in the red box.
Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combinations are in the red box.

Mega Millions currently shows no signs of slowing down. Will this energetic streak continue as we head into the final (full) week?

 

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