Pattern Pie

Thanksgiving. You know, that holiday sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas? The holiday being swallowed by the ever-persistent “Christmas Creep-up?”  November 21st may as well have been the unofficial start to the Thanksgiving holiday. The highways and airports were (are!) packed, and those in charge of the meal were getting those last ingredients.

Mega Millions isn’t one to show up to an occasion empty-handed. Did it bring a rare Pattern, or did this past Friday’s Pattern make an encore?

General Lottery Analysis

Turns out it was neither! With winning numbers 3, 7, 22, 27, 50, and MB 3, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 87th appearance.

No Pattern encore, but something else was hidden in these numbers. Source:

This Pattern has now played in 28.2% of the 308 Mega Millions drawings, and was last seen in the October 27th, 2017 drawing.

Now with 31 appearances, the [2-2-1-1] General Order has played in 35.6% of the 87 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. And, it has played in roughly 10.1% of all 308 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, this General Order was seen in the October 13th, 2017 drawing.

Making its third appearance was the 2 2 0 1 0 1 Specific Order. This has now played in 9.68% of the 31 drawings where the [2-2-1-1] General Order has appeared. The 2 2 0 1 0 1 Specific Order has now played in 3.45% of the 87 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. Finally, when taking all 308 drawings into account, this Specific Order has played 0.97% of the time. This instance of the 2 2 0 1 0 1 Specific Order was reconfigured from the 3 1 0 1 0 1 Specific Order that appeared in the May 22nd, 2015 drawing. The General Order for that night was [3-1-1-1].

Three Number Combination(s)

The repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 7, 22, 27.

Who doesn’t love a repeating Three-Number Combination before a holiday? Source:

This Combination made its debut in the June 5th, 2015 drawing.

What gift will Mega Millions snag on Black Friday?


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