No Playin’ Possum Here

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern streak held! Instead of ceding ground to other Patterns, this one made its third consecutive appearance in Tuesday’s Mega Millions. Did you also know that you could start the month off by catching opossums in your backyard? You’ll find out how, and why, after this analysis.

The winning numbers for August 1st were 20, 22, 52, 57, 73, and MB 7, bringing the number of appearances of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern to 117.


This Pattern has now played in 29.6% of the 395 drawings to date.

With 43 appearances, the [2-2-1-1] General Order has played in 36.8% of the 117 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. This General Order has also played in 10.9% of all 395 drawings. Prior to Tuesday, this General Order was last seen in the May 2nd, 2017 drawing.

Now with four appearances, the 0 2 0 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 9.30% of the 43 drawings where the [2-2-1-1] General Order has appeared, and in 3.42% of the 117 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 1.01% of all 395 drawings, and was last seen in the December 15th, 2015 drawing.

There were no repeating Three-Number Combinations this time around.

Remember last month’s endorsement of homegrown corn? Well, we would’ve endorsed homegrown cantaloupes except for one little problem.

Possums! Apparently, they love the smell, and taste, of sweet melons. They made a feast out of my dad’s cantaloupes, thus taking advantage of his hospitality.

We here at Lottery Binge don’t believe in, or endorse, the mindless killing of our animal brethren, so we set some humane traps.

The smaller, calmer possum.

This one was calmer, probably because she just didn’t know.

Bigger, meaner, uglier. This one was caught a day after the smaller one.

This one here, she seemed to know what was up. Just one nudge of the cage, heck, even closing the back door, sent her hissing!

Getting a kick out of a hissing possum.

No, we didn’t eat them. Instead, they were released into a park away—far away—from the house.

As anyone who has dealt with possums would know, these guys and gals can climb. A fence can only deter so much. If you don’t have a dog, or heck, even a cat, the next best thing is a humane trap. Once you’ve caught the bugger, drive around before releasing him or her back into the wild.

Will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern go for a fourth consecutive appearance, or will another Pattern grab the spotlight?

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