Mega Millions and the World Series Cooldown

For all of you who are fans of Major League Baseball (MLB), Tuesday was Game 1 of the World Series. For those of you who happen to play Mega Millions, it was a more relaxed atmosphere, at least compared to the last four drawings. No rare Patterns, no repeating Three-Number Combinations, not even an Australia Play to be had. Whether this was so the Indians’ victory over the Cubs wouldn’t be overshadowed, we can’t say.

What we can say with confidence is that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made an encore appearance in the October 25th drawing. This was made possible by winning numbers 8, 9, 24, 49, 67, and MB 13.

Winning Mega Millions numbers from
Winning Mega Millions numbers from

With 126 appearances, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has an iron grip on the title of Most Commonly Played Pattern. Out of the 315 Mega Millions drawings thus far, this Pattern has played 40% of the time. Recall (or if you just don’t feel like clicking that link) that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern previously played in this past Friday’s drawing.

We’ll need to go back to the September 13, 2016 drawing to see when the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order previously played. As of Tuesday, this General Order has now appeared in 32 drawings. Out of the 126 drawings with {2-1-1-1-1} as the winning Pattern, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order has played 25.4% of the time. Taking all 315 drawings into account, this becomes 10.2%.

No mellow night is complete without a rundown of the Specific Order! The 2 1 0 1 1 1 Specific Order made its 9th appearance, its first since July 12, 2016. In the 32 drawings where [2-1-1-1-1] appeared, this Specific Order has played 28.125% of the time. When we look at the 126 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern won, this becomes 7.14%. Finally, when taking all 315 drawings into account, the 2 1 0 1 1 1 Specific Order has played approximately 2.86% of the time.

As the World Series continues onward and everyone scrambles to get ready for Halloween, there’s one important question. Will Mega Millions lay low, or will it attempt to upstage the World Series?

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