Passing Up on a Playback

There was good news and bad news concerning the October 19, 2021 Mega Millions drawing. First the bad. If you or anyone else you know is a fan of the playback (Pattern, General Order, and Specific Order all played together in a previous drawing), then Tuesday’s drawing was so close, yet so far. The good news is that the Mega Millions jackpot crossed the $100 million threshold. With the help of a “near playback”, the prize shot up to $108 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 3, 12, 13, 19, 52 and MB 1, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern made its 137th appearance.

Playback door closed; jackpot door opened. Source:

This Pattern has now played in 19.1% of the 716 Mega Millions drawings.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 53 appearances, has played in 38.7% of the 137 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 716 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.40% of the time.

Both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order were last seen September 7, 2021.

Now with four appearances, the 3 1 0 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 7.55% of the 53 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.92% of the 137 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.56% of all 716 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, the 3 1 0 1 0 1 Specific Order played October 8, 2019.

Three-Number Combinations

After the dust cleared, a couple of repeating Three-Number Combinations remained:

  • 12, 19, MB 1 (Debuted August 9, 2016)
  • 3, 13, 52 (Debuted January 31, 2014)
Bunched together! Source:

Will a playback be what helps push the jackpot even higher Friday night, or will Mega Millions have other plans?

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