Playback?! Whoever Heard of a Playback?

When we prop up the hood of a lottery, we expect to find a Pattern, a Specific Order, and for Mega Millions and Powerball, a General Order. Sometimes we’ll find Pattern streaks or something wilder, like an Australia Play or maybe a playback. With January about to end, what better send off than one of those wild plays?

Well, folks, it happened again. Mega Millions once again flirted with a playback. This was enough to thwart players and the jackpot went unclaimed. It grew, naturally, to $155 million.

General Lottery Analysis

January 28th, 2020 saw the 235th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern with 17, 36, 47, 51, 62, and MB 21.

If not a playback, then a setup for a future Pattern streak? Source:

This Pattern has now played in 43.8% of the 536 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen Christmas Eve 2019.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 68 appearances, has played in 28.9% of the 235 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 536 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12.8% of the time.

Now with 15 appearances, the 0 1 1 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 28.3% of the 53 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.38% of the 235 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.79% of all 536 drawings.

Prior to Tuesday night, both the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order and the 0 1 1 2 1 1 Specific Order played December 10th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The cherry on top was the lone repeating Three-Number Combination 17, 47, 51.

Holding strong with a red box. Source:

This Combination debuted November 28th, 2017.

Will Friday night see a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore or maybe a true playback for Mega Millions?

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