The Four Lives of {2-1-1-1-1}

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern is a special one indeed. It’s the most commonly seen Pattern in Mega Millions, and it has a penchant for showing up in sets of consecutive appearances. Last summer, this Pattern made a record-breaking six consecutive appearances. Earlier this summer, it looked as if the Pattern was going to tie the record, but there were other plans. Of course, never count anything out! Shortly after this “hiccup”, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern got back up and the July 11th drawing established a new streak. Friday night saw this Pattern’s fourth consecutive appearance.

The winning numbers in the July 21st drawing were 18, 31, 36, 50, 74, and MB 10, bringing the number of appearances of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern to 165.


This Pattern has played in 42.1% of the 392 Mega Millions drawings.

Making its 47th appearance, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has played in 28.5% of the 165 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. This General Order has also played in approximately 12% of all 392 drawings, and was last seen in the July 11th drawing.

Now with eight appearances, the 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in about 17% of the 47 drawings where the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order has appeared, and 4.85% of the 165 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 2.04% of all 392 drawings. Prior to Friday night, this Specific Order was last seen in the April 7th, 2017 drawing.

There was a lone Three-Number Combination in the form of 18, 74, and MB 10.

The lone 3-Number Combination. Source:

This Combination made its debut in the July 11th drawing. To think that Friday night’s drawing was a reunion, of sorts.

Will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern get a second chance next week to tie the record?

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