Mega Millions’ Playback Comeback

Before we get to today’s Mega Millions analysis, I want to once again thank Romulun Harris for filling in while I was away in Tulsa for business. If you’re in Tulsa, and you like ramen/Asian fusion, be sure to check out Yokozuna. The pork belly ramen is amazing!

I wasn’t the only one who returned May 10, 2019. Mega Millions received a visit from a Pattern that made an appearance sometime last week. That Pattern had a hand in thwarting players once again, and the grand prize rose to an astounding $316 million!

But, the Pattern can’t take all the credit; it most certainly did not act alone.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 3, 16, 21, 61, 62, and MB 19, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 132nd appearance.

A visit from a common Pattern. Source:

Of the 461 Mega Millions drawings so far, this Pattern has played 28.6% of the time.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 46 appearances, has played in 34.8% of the 132 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 461 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Pattern has played 9.98% of the time.

Now with five appearances, the 1 2 0 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 10.9% of the 46 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in roughly 3.79% of the 132 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.08% of all 461 drawings.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern, [1-2-2-1] General Order, and the 1 2 0 0 2 1 Specific Order showed up together on May 3, 2019. Indeed, ‘twas a playback responsible for the prize rise!

Three-Number Combination(s)

The playback didn’t come alone. There were four repeating Three-Number Combinations!

  • 3, 16, 61 (Debuted September 30, 2014)
  • 16, 61, 62 (Debuted October 10, 2017)
  • 21, 61, 62 (Debuted September 29, 2015)
  • 3, 61, 62 (Debuted November 14, 2014)
A good night for repeating Three-Number Combinations! Source:

Perhaps Tuesday night will see a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore, or perhaps we’ll see that monster of a jackpot rise again. One thing that’s certain is that we won’t know what’s in that Mega Millions box until we open it. The most important takeaway for a lottery is that anything is possible!

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