The Ever-Persistent Pattern

After appearing four times in a row, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has stepped aside. Lately, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern doesn’t like to go for long periods without having played. Whether it’s going to go for yet another streak is to be determined. What can be said about the August 8th drawing is that this instance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was accompanied by three repeating Three-Number Combinations.

With winning numbers 11, 17, 50, 52, 74, and MB 14, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 166th appearance.


As of Tuesday night, this Pattern has played in 41.8% of the 397 Mega Millions drawings. This Pattern was last seen in the July 21st, 2017 drawing.

Making its 38th appearance, the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order has played in 22.9% of the 166 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and in 9.57% of all 397 drawings. Prior to Tuesday, this General Order played in the Fourth of July drawing.

Now with five appearances, the 1 1 0 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 13.2% of the 38 drawings where the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order has appeared. This Specific Order has also played in 3.01% of the 166 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 1.26% of all 397 drawings. The 1 1 0 2 1 1 Specific Order previously played over a year ago in the May 10th, 2016 drawing.

And now, for the repeating Three-Number Combinations of the evening:

  • 11, 17, 50 (Debuted June 30th, 2015)
  • 11, 17, 74 (Debuted May 15th, 2015)
  • 11, 50, MB 14 (Debuted September 11th, 2015)
All the repeating Three-Number Combos debuted a few months apart from each other. Source:

Will the {2-1-1-1-1} be bold enough to go for an encore appearance Friday night, or will another Pattern play instead?

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