The Playback, the Encore, and the Combination Madness

The world is currently in the grip of a pandemic. Closures and cancellations are happening left and right, work-at-home policies are being enacted, and toilet paper might as well be gold. Now is the time to plan ahead, practice good hygiene and use common sense. When others are losing their cool, don’t lose yours.

Considering all that’s happening, lotteries are the lucky ones. After all, they don’t worry themselves with illnesses or economies. Their biggest concern is their jackpots and what to do with them. Should they throw players a bone and let them win, or is it more fun to thwart them? Sure, the players will be spitting nails and gnashing their teeth, but many of them will come back and try again.

In a move that surprised (almost) no one, Lotto Texas and Powerball opted to thwart the players Wednesday night. This sent their respective jackpots to $9 million and $120 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The Australia Play came bounding through March 11, 2020, with winning numbers 6, 9, 24, 27, 48 and 49.

Hop to it, Lotto Texas. Source:

This means both the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order have now played 236 times. Of the 1741 Lotto Texas drawings, 13.6% of them saw an Australia Play. Prior to Wednesday night, this special playback was seen in the January 22, 2020 drawing.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Tucked away were three repeating Four-Number Combinations:

  • 6, 24, 48, 49 (Debuted April 19, 2014)
  • 6, 9, 24, 49 (Debuted February 6, 2010)
  • 9, 24, 27, 48 (Debuted November 12, 2014)
The repeating Four-Number Combo trio! Source:


General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern came back for an encore with winning numbers 4, 29, 49, 50, 67, and PB 2. This Pattern has now played 180 times.

Midweek encore! Source:

There have now been 463 Powerball drawings and this Pattern has played in 38.9% of them. Recall that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was last seen March 7, 2020.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 36 appearances, has played in 20% of the 180 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 463 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.78% of the time. The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order previously played February 26, 2020.

Now with nine appearances, the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 25% of the 36 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5% of the 180 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.94% of all 463 drawings. The 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order was last seen August 31, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The repeating Three-Number Combination was 49, 50, and PB 2.

Red is the color of leaders. Source:

This Combination debuted February 20, 2019.

Will Saturday night see an encore for Lotto Texas’s Australia Play and will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern have a three-peat?  

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