Christmas Clean-Up

Hope everyone out there had a great Christmas! Now that we’ve had our fill of Christmas ham and dressing, it’s time to get back to work. Lottery work, that is. Even with one week left in 2017, lotteries don’t take breaks!

Some people see December 26th as “The Day After Christmas.” Others see it more like:

  • Boxing Day (More of a UK/Commonwealth thing, not so much in the U.S.)
  • The First Day of Kwanzaa
  • The penultimate drawing of 2017

That last point is what today’s post is all about. Was there a {3-1-1-1} three-peat Tuesday night?

General Lottery Analysis

Although there was no Pattern three-peat, we did see the second-most commonly played Mega Millions Pattern. With winning numbers 10, 12, 20, 38, 41, and MB 25, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 89th appearance.

A visit from the “#2” Pattern. Source:

This Pattern has played in roughly 28% of the 318 drawings. The {2-2-1-1} Pattern was the one that kicked off December, showing up on the very first day.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 27th appearance, and has now played in 30.3% of the 89 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. When looking at all 318 drawings, this General Order has played 8.49% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [2-1-2-1] General Order played in the October 27, 2017 drawing.

With its second-ever appearance, the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order has now played in 7.41% of the 27 drawings where the [2-1-2-1] General Order has appeared. This Specific Order has played in 2.25% of the 89 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 0.63% of all 218 drawings.  The 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order is a special one. It made its debut over three years ago in the July 15, 2014 drawing.

Three Number Combination(s)

Even more amazing is the repeating Three-Number Combination 10, 20, 38.

At the bottom of the table, but tops in Combination appearances. Source:

This Combination made its debut in the December 26, 2017 drawing, exactly three years prior!

Friday’s drawing will be the last Mega Millions drawing of 2017. Will the 2017 run end with a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore?

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