Play’s the Same

Repetition is key, even if it may not look like it on the surface. Some Patterns repeat more than others and in turn makes them the most likely to gift someone with millions of dollars. However, the nature of these repeats varies. The most common form is the encore. Given enough time, that encore may evolve into a three-peat or even a Pattern streak.

What about other forms of repetition? What happens when lotteries take inspiration from not just the recent past but other lotteries themselves?

Wednesday night looked a lot like this past Saturday for Lotto Texas. Meanwhile, Powerball drew inspiration from a very recent Mega Millions! Once the dust cleared, both lotteries saw larger jackpots. Lotto Texas grew to $12.25 million, and Powerball stood strong at $307 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

December 8, 2021 was a good night for Australia Play lovers. With winning numbers 5, 9, 20, 26, 38 and 40, both the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order saw their 265th appearance.

Wasn’t gone for long, that Australia Play! Source:

An Australia Play has been featured in 13.7% of the 1939 Lotto Texas drawings and was last seen December 4, 2021.

Four-Number Combinations

Bundled inside this Australia Play were four repeating Four-Number Combinations:

  • 5, 9, 38, 40 (Debuted December 15, 2001)
  • 5, 9, 26, 38 (Debuted September 25, 2019)
  • 9, 20, 38, 40 (Debuted February 17, 2001)
  • 5, 9, 20, 26 (Debuted May 25, 2011)
A quartet of repeating Four-Number Combinations. Source:


General Lottery Analysis

December 8th also saw the 260th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. The winning numbers were 3, 7, 33, 50, 69 and PB 24.

This Pattern felt inspired! Source:

There have now been 661 Powerball drawings, and this Pattern has played 39.3% of the time. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was last seen December 4, 2021.

The [2-1-1-1-1] General Order, now with 66 appearances, has played in 25.4% of the 260 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 661 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.98% of the time. Prior to Wednesday night, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order played November 3, 2021.

Now with 13 appearances, the 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 19.7% of the 66 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5% of the 260 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.97% of all 661 drawings. The 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order was last seen July 10, 2021.

If you played Mega Millions this past Tuesday, the Pattern, General Order, and Specific Order will look familiar!

Three-Number Combinations  

Powerball had a heyday with repeating Three-Number Combinations. In fact, four of them were featured:

Repeating Three-Number Combinations bunched together. Source:

Will either the Australia Play or the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern return Saturday night?

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