The Spreading Power of Jackpots

Special thanks to guest blogger Romulun Harris for filling in on Saturday!

The Mega Millions jackpot was the talk of the lottery world. For three months, that oak tree was nurtured by specific Patterns and the frustration of determined players. That frustration came to an end this past Friday when a Pennsylvanian player cut the mighty tree down.

As one tree fell, two others stood tall. May 22, 2021 was a busy night for Lotto Texas and Powerball. A Pattern three-peat and a similar spread were two stand-out developments. These fed into the jackpots rising once again. Lotto Texas jumped to $17.5 million, and Powerball expanded to $236 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

Lotto Texas fell in love with the number 2, in a way. The 200th appearance of the {4-2} Pattern was made possible by winning numbers 4, 12, 25, 30, 31 and 33.

One Pattern reaches a milestone! Source:

This Pattern has now played in 10.7% of the 1866 drawings and was last seen February 3, 2021.

Now with 33 appearances, the 2 4 0 Specific Order has played in 16.5% of the 200 drawings where {4-2} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1866 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 1.77% of the time. Prior to Saturday night, the 2 4 0 Specific Order played October 17, 2020.

Similar Spread

The 200th appearance of an uncommonly seen Pattern was a momentous occurrence after all. Perhaps it was fitting to throw in a similar spread as well! Saturday night’s spread was 08:13:05:01:02. This spread is similar to the one featured in the September 19, 2001 drawing. The winning numbers for that night were 8, 13, 15, 28, 29 and 37 with a spread of 05:02:13:01:08. Remember: the differences between numbers are the same, though not so for the order of the numbers.

Four-Number Combinations

A couple of repeating Four-Number Combinations were present:

  • 4, 12, 25, 33 (Debuted April 21, 2021)
  • 12, 25, 30, 33 (Debuted December 29, 2007)
An extra flair. Source:


General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 3, 19, 27, 37, 40 and PB 8, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 170th appearance. It also played for the third time in a row!

Six numbers to grow a three-peat! Source:

There have now been 588 Powerball drawings, and this Pattern has played 28.9% of the time. Recall that the {2-2-1-1} Pattern was last seen in the May 19, 2021 drawing.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 53 appearances, has played in 31.2% of the 170 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 588 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.01% of the time. We last saw the [1-2-2-1] General Order April 10, 2021.

Now with eight appearances, the 1 2 2 0 0 1 Specific Order has played in 15.1% of the 53 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.71% of the 170 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.36% of all 588 drawings. Prior to Saturday night, the 1 2 2 0 0 1 Specific Order played March 14, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations  

Repeating Three-Number Combination 19, 37 and 40 debuted April 19, 2017.

An added bonus! Source:

Will either Powerball or Lotto Texas get knocked back down to size in the week ahead, or will they continue their journey of growth?

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