A Not-So Quiet Thanksgiving Eve

The date: November 23rd, 2016. Thanksgiving Eve. Turkeys for deep frying were (hopefully) being thawed out, some people started camping overnight in front of stores, and bets were made as to which teams would win their football games. Meanwhile, there was an upset in the lottery world. Unlike the lull we saw in Mega Millions, we saw a few surprises in Lotto Texas and Powerball now has a true frontrunner for the title of Most Commonly Played Pattern.

Lotto Texas

Recall that in the November 19th drawing, we saw the {3-2-1} Pattern. If you played this on Wednesday, you were in luck! We saw an encore appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern, bringing its total number of appearances to 728. This encore was brought to us by winning numbers 12, 16, 20, 21, 29, and 41.

Winning number for Texas Lotto. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning number for Texas Lotto. From lotterytrend.com.

Having played in 52.1% of the 1397 Lotto Texas drawings, the {3-2-1} is far and away the most commonly played Pattern.

The 2 3 1 Specific Order made its 120th appearance, its first since the November 2nd, 2016 drawing. This Specific Order has now played in 16.5% of the 728 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern played and in 8.59% of all 1397 drawings.

Our Lotto Texas coverage concludes with the analysis of not one, not two, but three Four-Number Combinations. Even more amazing is how these Combinations made their debut last decade! The Combinations were as follows:

  • 16, 21, 29, and 41 first played October 7th, 2000,
  • 12, 16, 29, and 41 first played June 23rd, 2001, and
  • 12, 20, 29, and 41 first played December 23rd, 2000
Repeating Combinations are in the red boxes. From lotterytrend.com.
Repeating Combinations are in the red boxes. From lotterytrend.com.

Seeing the Combinations above was like receiving a visit from old relatives. Said relatives seemed to have gotten stuck in a time warp, debating on whether to buy the VHS or the DVD version of their favorite movies. A couple of them even argued over whether the millennium began in 2000 or 2001. Before we get caught in the time warp ourselves, let’s move on to Powerball.

Powerball

A while ago, there was a phenomenon we called the Powerball Pattern Tango. This involved the {2-2-1-1} and the {2-1-1-1-1} Patterns, which both seemed to be locked into a never-ending one-upmanship. One day, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was the most commonly seen Pattern. Another day, it was the {2-2-1-1} Pattern. Some days, their number of occurrences was tied.

Now, we can say that there is now a true front-runner to the title of Most Commonly Played Pattern. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the {2-1-1-1-1}. With 42 appearances, this Pattern is now the most commonly played. This was made possible with winning numbers 7, 32, 41, 47, 61, and PB 3.

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

Now with 42 appearances, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared in 35.3% of all 119 Powerball drawings. We last saw this Pattern in the November 9th drawing, which wasn’t that long ago.

The General Order of the evening was [1-2-1-1-1], making its tenth appearance. The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has now played in 23.8% of the 42 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and 8.40% of all Powerball drawings. This General Order, like the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, was last seen in the November 9th drawing.

Finally, we come to the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order making its second appearance. This Specific Order has now played in 20% of the ten drawings where the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has played and 4.76% of the 42 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played. When looking at all 119 drawings, the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played 1.68% of the time. The 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order made its debut in the December 30th, 2015 drawing. Talk about a way to ring in the new year!

Now that we’re leaving Thanksgiving Land and entering The Christmas Zone, what presents will Lotto Texas and Powerball leave us in the weeks ahead?

 

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