Play That Back

Lotto Texas and Powerball had the honor of playing on February 28, 2018. The month ended with one word: “playback”. In fact, our February analysis for Lotto Texas and Powerball kicked off with not one playback, but two. Which lottery, or lotteries, ended the month the way it started?

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

Wednesday’s winning numbers were 1, 5, 18, 39, 45, and 52, bringing the number of appearances of the {3-3} Pattern up to 129.

A playback could be here, somewhere. Source:

Given that there have been 1529 Lotto Texas drawings, this Pattern has played 8.44% of the time. We last saw this Pattern in the December 27, 2017 drawing.

The 3 0 3 Specific Order, now with 50 appearances, has played in 38.8% of the 129 drawings where {3-3} was the winning Pattern. And, it was seen alongside the {3-3} Pattern in the earlier-mentioned December 27th drawing. When looking at all 1529 drawings, this Specific Order has played 3.27% of the time.

Before moving on to the repeating Four-Number Combination(s) coverage, we would like to point out the Specific Order. Note that even though Lotto Texas saw a playback, it did not see an Australia Play. The 3 0 3 Specific Order was not the only one that could have played.

Four-Number Combination(s)

The repeating Four-Number Combinations of the evening were

  • 1, 18, 45, 52 (Debuted August 18, 2001)
  • 5, 18, 45, 52 (Debuted April 30, 2003)
Still in the time of Blockbuster. Source:

Although neither went as far as what we saw last time, a near seventeen-year gap is impressive. Was Powerball also bit by the playback bug?


General Lottery Analysis

With wining numbers 12, 30, 59, 65, 69, and PB 16, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern played for the 52nd time.

A playback nestled in here? Source:

Out of the 251 Powerball drawings to date, this Pattern has played in 20.7% of them, and was last seen a week ago in the February 21, 2021  drawing.

The [1-1-3-1] General Order, now with 23 appearances, has played in 44.2% of the 52 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Taking all 251 drawings into account, this General Order has played 9.16% of the time. The [1-1-3-1] General Order was also seen in the February 21st drawing.

Did the Specific Order allow for a playback in Powerball, too?

The 1 0 1 0 3 1 Specific Order made its second appearance and has now played in 8.70% of the 23 drawings where [1-1-3-1] was the General Order. This Specific Order has also played in 3.85% of the 52 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when taking all 251 drawings into account, this Specific Order has played roughly 0.80% of the time. It turns out that Powerball did not see a playback. The 1 0 1 0 3 1 Specific Order made its debut in the July 15, 2017 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There weren’t any repeating Three-Number Combinations, either.

Will March see more playback madness?

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