Mega Millions’ Choice: Go Out or Leftovers?

It’s Friday night. You’ve completed another work week, and the kids survived their first week back in school. How to celebrate? Going out to dinner and/or a movie is a thing again, and then y’all can swing by Dave and Buster’s for a while. What? You’re not going out? You’re going to stay home, go on a binge-a-thon (those episodes of The Boys won’t watch themselves!), and eat leftovers? Well, all right then. You do you.

At least Mega Millions has something going on. After all, people go nuts with ticket purchases, hoping to win the kind of money that makes a job an option instead of a necessity. Even if no one wins, there’s a Pattern encore or an Australia Play, or even an explosion of repeating Three-Number Combinations. Except when there aren’t any.

Mega Millions was more of a homebody than the life of the party Friday night. Instead of a Pattern encore, this lottery reached for the week-old leftovers and warmed them in the oven.

The jackpot rose all the same to $82 million, Mega Millions thought, and that was plenty enough excitement.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern was the featured Pattern for August 12, 2022. With winning numbers 23, 24, 50, 54, 64 and MB 3, this Pattern has now played 220 times.

The beginning of a quiet evening. Source:

This Pattern has now played in 27.5% of the 801 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen August 5, 2022.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, now with 73 appearances, has played in 33.2% of the 220 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 801 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.11% of the time. The [2-2-1-1] General Order was last seen March 1, 2022.

Now with five appearances the 0 2 0 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 6.85% of the 73 drawings where the General Order was [2-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.27% of the 220 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.62% of all 801 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the 0 2 0 2 1 1 Specific Order played July 16, 2021.

Three-Number Combinations

Repeating Three-Number Combination 23, 50 and MB 3 debuted June 26, 2015.

With enough room for a repeating Three-Number Combination. Source:

Will Mega Millions be more outgoing Tuesday night?

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