Changing of the Patterns

A {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern “six-peat” wasn’t meant to be in the September 18, 2018 drawing. The changing of the Patterns didn’t just end a Pattern streak, it brought with it another rise in the jackpot. With the grand prize now a robust $275 million, Mega Millions continues to soar.

General Lottery Analysis

The Pattern that knocked {2-1-1-1-1} off its throne was {2-2-1-1}. The 111th appearance of this Pattern was thanks to winning numbers 31, 32, 43, 63, 68, and MB 17.

All it took was six numbers to end a streak. Source:

Given the 394 Mega Millions drawings to date, this Pattern has played 28.2% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played on August 17, 2018.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 37th appearance and has now played in 33.3% of the 111 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 9.39% of all 394 drawings. We last saw the [2-1-2-1] General Order on July 13, 2018.

Now with five appearances, the 0 0 2 1 2 1 Specific Order has played in 13.5% of the 37 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.50% of the 111 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Finally, when looking at all 394 drawings, this Specific Order has played 1.27% of the time. The 0 0 2 1 2 1 Specific Order previously played on January 20, 2015. This was reconfigured from the 0 0 2 2 1 1 Specific Order seen that night, and the winning numbers were 31, 35, 56, 59, 63, and MB 6.

Three Number Combination(s)

The repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 32, 63, and 68.

A repeating Three-Number Combination is just the cherry on top. Source:

This Combination made its debut on August 12, 2014.

Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will be the last Mega Millions drawing of the summer, or winter if you’re reading from the Southern Hemisphere. With no Pattern streak, September 21st will certainly keep us on our toes. Will the grand prize continue to soar, or will it be brought back down to Earth?

A change of seasons comes a change of bloggers. Romulun Harris, one of our Mega Millions analysts, will be your guide for Friday and next Tuesday’s drawings. I’ll be out of town for a business trip.

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