Mega Millions and the Gift of Encore

There are two weeks left until Christmas! Have you gotten your shopping done?

Ahem. On a more lottery-related note, December 11th gifted us with a Mega Millions drawing. Drawing #418 for those of you keeping count. Upon the unboxing, we found ourselves a Pattern encore and a $262 million grand prize.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern came back for seconds with winning numbers 4, 38, 39, 54, 59, and MB 12, making this the 182nd appearance!

{2-1-1-1-1} loves attention. Source:

Given the 418 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 43.5% of the time.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order made its 42nd appearance and has now played in 23.1% of the 182 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. When taking all 418 drawings into consideration, this General Order has played roughly 10% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order played on November 6th, 2018.

Now with eight appearances, the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 19% of the 42 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.40% of the 182 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This statistic becomes 1.91% once all 418 drawings are accounted for. We last saw the 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order on January 27th, 2018.

Three-Number Combination(s)

It wasn’t enough for the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern to make an encore; there was also a repeating Three-Number Combination!

  • 39, 59, MB 12 (Debuted November 27th, 2015)
Sitting near the top. Source:

Christmas draws ever closer and it appears that the jackpot grows ever larger. Could a beast of a prize await us Friday night, and would a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore make that possible?

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