Christmas Countdown: Mega Millions Style

The world is now in countdown mode. There are now nine days until Christmas and sixteen days until the new year. Subtract a day if you’re reading this from a part of the world that’s at least eight hours ahead of us in Houston. With that said, December 15th was the (un)official start of the countdown, and Mega Millions wanted a part of the action. At the end of the last Mega Millions post, we wondered if a rare Pattern would make an appearance Friday night. Did a rare Pattern have the honor of appearing in the 315th drawing?

General Lottery Analysis

The honor went to the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. With winning numbers 4, 12, 36, 44, 57, and MB 19, this Pattern has now played 138 times.

The ever-resilient {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. Source:

This Pattern has played in 43.8% of all 315 drawings, and was last seen the previous Friday. Could the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern be trying to establish a “Friday streak” like it did last month? So, this Pattern didn’t appear on December 1, 2017, but there are two Fridays left. Anything can happen!

Now with 40 appearances, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order has played in about 29% of the 138 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared. When looking at all 315 drawings, this General Order has played 12.7% of the time. Prior to Friday, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order previously played on October 24, 2017.

The 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order made its 14th appearance, and has now played alongside the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order 35% of the time. When looking at the 138 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, this Specific Order has played 10.1% of the time. Now looking at all 315 drawings, this Specific Order has played 4.44% of the time. We last saw the 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order in the September 1, 2017 drawing.

Three Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 4, 36, and 57.

Near the bottom of the list, but tops in Combination repeats. Source:

This Combination made its debut in the January 5, 2016 drawing.

Next week is the last week before Christmas. Will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern dominate?

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