A Mega Millions in Search of a Playback

The concept of “almost” is a tease if you’re looking forward to something. Case in point: It’s almost spring. Or it can mean “Close, but not close enough!” When you were in school, almost passing a test may make you feel a little better, but you still failed. When playing the lottery, almost getting all the numbers means you didn’t win the grand prize. You might win some money, depending on how many you (and others) picked correctly, but everyone who’s honest about why they play is playing for the big bucks. For lotteries, “almost” can also mean special types of plays not showing up at all.

For Mega Millions, “almost” fell into the second and third categories Friday night. Closer analysis pointed to a playback being in the works, but it was ultimately blocked. That, and with the assistance of so many “almosts” from players far and wide, propelled the jackpot to $39 million.

General Lottery Analysis

March 18, 2022 featured the 322nd appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, with 2, 6, 25, 40, 45 and MB 5.

No playback here. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 42.4% of the 759 Mega Millions drawings.

The [2-1-1-1-1] General Order, now with 80 appearances, has played in 24.8% of the 322 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 759 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.5% of the time.

Both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order were last seen March 11, 2022.

Now with 13 appearances, the 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 16.25% of the 80 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.04% of the 322 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.71% of all 759 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order played August 17, 2021.

Three-Number Combinations

There was no “almost” when it came to repeating Three-Number Combinations!

  • 25, 40, MB 5 (Debuted January 3, 2014)
  • 2, 40, MB 5 (Debuted July 15, 2014)
A couple of repeating Three-Number Combinations for extra flavor. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Although a playback wasn’t meant to be Friday night, there is the matter of the featured Pattern. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern is notorious for making encores, which then can blossom into something larger! Is a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore in store for Tuesday night?

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