Spreadin’ That Christmas Spirit

December 9th was an explosive start to the weekend. The Mega Millions drawing of the evening saw a development that heated things up. How hot did it get?

For those of you who were expecting an encore of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, we’re sorry to disappoint you. Instead, we saw the {2-2-1-1} Pattern play for the 101st time. The winning numbers were 19, 27, 47, 67, 68 and MB 1.

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

As of Friday, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played in 30.8% of the 328 Mega Millions drawings. We recently saw this Pattern last weekend in the December 2nd drawing. It’ll be a while yet before {2-2-1-1} challenges the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern for Most Commonly Played Pattern!

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 35th appearance, its first since the September 2nd, 2016 drawing. With that said, the [2-1-2-1] General Order has now played in 34.7% of the 101 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern, and in 10.7% of all drawings.

Next, the 0 2 0 1 2 1 Specific Order made its second appearance. Currently, this Specific Order has played in 5.71% of the 35 drawings where [2-1-2-1] was the General Order of the evening, 1.98% of the 101 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played, and in approximately 0.61% of all Mega Millions drawings. To see when the 0 2 0 1 2 1 Specific Order debuted, we need to go back to the December 19th, 2015 drawing.

Now, about that development.

Friday night saw something so hot, so spectacular, that it’s never been seen before. At least, with the 1-75 white-ball and MB 1 – 15 system.

Mega Millions saw its first similar spread!

For those of you who are new to Lottery Trend/Lottery Binge, a spread is the difference between adjacent numbers. A similar spread happens when the differences between numbers in separate drawings are the same, but the order is different. For instance, the winning numbers for the January 10th, 2014 drawing were 8, 28, 36, 37, 57, and MB 8. The spread that appeared that evening was 20:08:01:20. The spread that appeared Friday night was 08:20:20:01. Note that with Mega Millions, the Mega Ball is not included when determining the spread. We can also see, upon closer inspection, that the spreads for January 10th, 2014 and Friday were similar.

There is also the exact spread, which occurs when the difference between adjacent numbers and their orders are the same. More information can be found on our Mega Millions site (hint, hint).

As it start to feels more like Christmas, will Mega Millions continue to be gracious with the gifts?

 

 

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