Case of the Pattern Streak Blocker

Even with the days slowly getting longer, we’re still in the dead of winter. January is notorious for its being considered a boring month. Add to that the cold and the snowstorms, it’s no wonder we’re eager for spring to come! In the meantime, we’ll have to use good ol’ entertainment like, oh, Mega Millions to keep us going.

The January 11th drawing saw the dream of a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streak freeze over. The fallout was a grand prize of $55 million and something that hadn’t been seen in nearly five years!

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 4, 5, 31, 62, 69, and MB 20, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 121st appearance.

Pattern streak block. Source:

Given that there have been 427 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 28.7% of the time.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 42nd appearance and has now played in 34.7% of the 121 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has played in 9.84% of all 427 drawings.

Prior to Friday night, both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [2-1-2-1] General Order played December 28, 2018.

Now with three appearances, the 2 0 1 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 7.14% of the 42 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.48% of the 121 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 427 drawings are taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 0.70% of the time. The 2 0 1 0 2 1 Specific Order was last seen February 14, 2017. This was reconfigured from the 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order seen that night.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were also two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 5, 31, MB 20 (Debuted April 10, 2018)
  • 4, 62, 69 (Debuted January 14, 2014)
Bundled together. Source:

Five years may not seem like a lot, especially in comparison to some other lotteries, but this a milestone in Mega Millions!

Will Mega Millions keep with the tone of the month so far and stay low-key or will things get crazy in the week ahead?

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