Friday Night Substitution

When you hear “substitute” or “substitution”, what comes to mind? We’ve all had substitute teachers or had to make do with a different brand of peanut butter if the one we wanted was unavailable. A substitute isn’t inherently superior or inferior; it’s just something different.

If you played Mega Millions this past Friday (or not), then you should know that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streak was terminated. In fact, you could say a repeating Four-Number Combination and the resulting madness was a substitute for whatever the Pattern five-peat would have brought. Regardless of your feelings towards repeating Four-Number Combinations in Mega Millions, it’s highly doubtful you’d turn your nose up at a jackpot that jumped to $145 million!

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern of April 10, 2020,  made its 153rd appearance with winning numbers 2, 11, 21, 57, 60, and MB 13.

This Pattern has now played in 27.5% of the 557 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen March 24, 2020.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 50 appearances, has played in 32.7% of the 153 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 557 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 8.98% of the time. Prior to Friday night, the [2-1-2-1] General Order played February 28, 2020.

Now with seven appearances, the 2 1 0 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 14% of the 50 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.58% of the 153 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.26% of all 557 drawings. The 2 1 0 0 2 1 Specific Order was last seen May 31, 2019.

Four-Number Combination

The repeating Four-Number Combination 2, 21, 60, and MB 13 made its debut in the April 22, 2016 drawing.

Repeating Four-Number Combinations are *not* common for this lottery! Source:

Three-Number Combinations

When dealing with a repeating Four-Number Combination in Mega Millions, you’ll also be dealing with an entourage of four repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 21, 60, MB 13
  • 2, 60, MB 13
  • 2, 21, MB 13
  • 2, 21, 60

All these Combinations debuted in the earlier-mentioned April 22, 2016 drawing.

There was one more, unrelated, repeating Three-Number Combination: 2, 11, 60, and this Combination debuted July 7, 2017.

Blue and red are the colors of Combinations. Source:

Will Tuesday night see a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore or another repeating Four-Number Combination?

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