The Playback Zone

Of the many lottery-related phenomena covered in Lottery Binge, the playback is quite the character. It shows up when the Pattern, General Order (not applicable to Lotto Texas), and Specific Order all played together on a previous date. The obvious one is the Australia Play, where the Pattern, General Order (again, not applicable to Lotto Texas), and Specific Order were the same, like the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order in Lotto Texas. What about the playbacks that aren’t so obvious?

All this week, there have been several posts on the playback. At least one was seen in Mega Millions recently and our last Lotto Texas post covered an Australia Play. The playback seen on April 13, 2019 brought one Lotto Texas winner $15.75 million. This knocked the prize down to $5 million going into Wednesday.

Powerball’s jackpot, meanwhile, rose quietly to $118 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 1, 4, 10, 14, 15, and 26, the {5-1} Pattern made its 60th appearance.

A rare Pattern packs a big punch! Source:

Given the 1646 Lotto Texas drawings to date, this uncommonly seen Pattern has played 3.65% of the time.

Now with ten appearances, the 5 1 0 Specific Order has played in roughly 16.667% of the 60 drawings where {5-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1646 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 0.61% of the time.

Both the {5-1} Pattern and the 5 1 0 Specific Order were last seen March 23, 2019.

Four-Number Combinations

The lone repeating Four-Number Combination, 1, 10, 14, and 15, debuted in the September 5, 2001 drawing.

An uncommon Pattern came with company. Source:


General Lottery Analysis

Alright, Powerball wasn’t entirely quiet. As a playback happened in Lotto Texas, there were rumblings of a Pattern streak. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern went for the three-peat with winning numbers 4, 17, 26, 32, 49, and PB 10, bringing its number of appearances up to 134.

A Pattern streak in the works? Source:

Of the 368 Powerball drawings, this Pattern has played 36.4% of the time.

Not only did the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern make a third consecutive appearance, the [1-2-1-1-1] made an encore as well! With its 36th appearance, this General Order has played in 26.9% of the 134 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 9.78% of all 368 drawings.

Both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order were last seen April 10, 2019.

Now with four appearances, the 1 2 1 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 11.1% of the 36 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.99% of the 134 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.09% of all 368 drawings. Prior to Saturday night, the 1 2 1 1 0 1 Specific Order played August 5, 2017.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Along for the ride were two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Repeating Three-Number Combinations duo. Source:

There don’t appear to be any “monstrous” jackpots going into next week. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern in Powerball is just as fond of Pattern streaks as the one in “sister” Mega Millions, so it’s something to keep an eye for. Will that Pattern streak solidify Wednesday night, or will another Pattern take the reins?

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