A Night of Upsets

We’re in the middle of yet another history-making week. November 8th was truly a night to remember in more ways than one. While an upset was occurring in the U.S. election, the lottery world saw some rumblings in Mega Millions.

One such rumbling was the 20th appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern. The winning numbers on Tuesday night were as follows: 46, 48, 53, 61, 74, and MB 2.

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

The {3-2-1} Pattern has appeared in 6.27% of the 319 drawings to date. Only two other Patterns have played fewer times: {4-1-1} (12, which puts it at 3.76%) and {5-1} (has yet to play). Prior to Tuesday night, we last saw the {3-2-1} Pattern in the November 1st drawing a week prior.

The [3-2-1] General Order made its ninth appearance and to see when it last played, we’d need to go back to the March 29th, 2016 drawing. With that said, the [3-2-1] General Order has played in 45% of the 20 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played. After taking all 319 drawings into account, this becomes 2.82% of the time.

The second rumbling of the evening was the debut of the 0 0 0 3 2 1 Specific Order. We’ve now seen the 0 0 0 3 2 1 Specific Order play in 11.1% of the 9 drawings where the [3-2-1] General Order has appeared. When looking at the 20 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played, this shrinks to 2.82%. Finally, when taking all 319 drawings into account, the 0 0 0 3 2 1 Specific Order has played 0.31% of the time.

The last Mega Millions rumbling of the evening came in the repeat appearance of the Three-Number Combination 46, 48, and 74.

Three-Number Combinations snippet from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combo is in the red box.
Three-Number Combinations snippet from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combo is in the red box.

This Combination made its debut in the May 13th, 2014 drawing.

Now that we’re entering calmer waters, will we see another Specific Order debut soon? Will the {3-2-1} Pattern go for an encore?

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