The October Slide

It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter and (hopefully) cooler, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t so awkward, and the kids (and kids at heart) are making plans for Halloween.

It’s time for Inktober!

Wait a minute! Isn’t this a lottery blog? Well, yeah, but let me do something shameless for a moment. First, some context.

Inktober is when artists from around the world post drawings done in ink on their websites or social media. There’s a prompt (link) but you can draw your own thing. You can draw every day or every other day, whatever’s comfortable for you.  From hobbyists to professionals, anyone can post, all in the name of sharing, improving, and good fun.

I, uh, ahem, drew something for the occasion. The first day’s theme was “Ring”.

If you follow on Twitter, you didn’t see the whole thing.

I’m not a professional by any means, but boy does drawing take a load off! If there’s anything I learned from trying to post to Twitter yesterday, it’s this:

  1. Don’t post a few minutes before midnight
  2. The crop tool is not my friend (draw landscape?)
  3. Instagram would be probably be better. I’ll keep y’all posted on when that becomes available.

Today’s theme is “Mindless” but after a long workday, I’m (mostly) out of mind.

(This concludes the shameless plug. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.)

Mega Millions kicked off the October lottery rush with a Pattern three-peat. The first of the month didn’t bring any grand prize winners. This caused the jackpot to climb to $50 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern three-peat was made possible by 10, 17, 39, 42, 59, and MB 3. This Pattern has now played 223 times.

Not done in ink. Source:

Given that there have been 502 drawings, this Pattern has now played 44.4% of the time. Recall that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was last seen September 27, 2019.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 60 appearances, has played in 26.9% of the 223 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 502 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order played August 13, 2019.

Now with 12 appearances, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 20% of the 60 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.38% of the 223 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.39% of all 502 drawings. We last saw the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order January 25, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Of course, Mega Millions had to bring along a trio of repeating Three-Number Combinations!

An evenly spaced trio. Source:

Will this year’s October Mega Millions harbor a beastly jackpot, or will it take a quieter path?

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