Mega Millions Hops into the Weekend

March 26, 2021 saw a shift in the Patterns. Instead of an encore from the most commonly seen Pattern, we saw a visit from one that’s not so commonly seen. That is, we shifted from the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern to the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern. With the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern came the ever-wonderful Australia Play! The jackpot bounded away from the players and increased to $152 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The 19th Australia Play was made possible by 4, 25, 37, 46, 67 and MB 15.

A different Pattern to kick off the weekend! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given the 657 Mega Millions drawings, that means the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and 1 1 1 1 1 1 General Order have played 2.89% of the time. Prior to Friday night, January 22, 2021 was the last time we saw an Australia Play.

Three-Number Combinations

Bundled up in this Australia Play were three repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 25, 37, 46 (Debuted June 4, 2019)
  • 37, 67, MB 15 (Debuted November 20, 2015)
  • 37, 46, MB 15 (Debuted October 14, 2014)
A trio of repeating Three-Number Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

Will an Australia Play do the unexpected and make an encore Tuesday night, or will Mega Millions say goodbye to March in a more “normal” manner?

From Michigan, a Mega Millions (Jackpot) Slayer

Mega Millions had a good run. From September to January, the jackpot was nourished by the tears, anguish, and profanities of frustrated players. Then, on January 22, 2021, a lone player from Michigan looked that lottery dead in the eye and won that billion-dollar jackpot. Naturally, the prize reset itself to $20 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and MB 24, the Australia Play made its 18th appearance.

Oi! We got ourselves a winner! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have been 639 Mega Millions drawings, which means the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order have played 2.82% of the time. Would you believe that an Australia Play was last seen a little over a year ago? The last time an Australia Play happened in Mega Millions was January 17, 2020!

Three-Number Combinations

A bruised ego? Exhaustion? Whatever the reason, Mega Millions didn’t have repeating Three-Number Combinations.

With all The Big Three lotteries reset, it’ll be a while yet before another monstrous jackpot looms over the horizon! Will the immediate future be one of Pattern encores?

The Australia Play Double Date

Without a doubt, Saturday is the most popular day of the week and if not, it’s pretty high up there. For most people, it means the very end of the week. It’s time to unwind, and after a week that seemed long and drawn out, we couldn’t be any more grateful for this day.

Lotto Texas and Powerball were certainly grateful for November 7, 2020! Both lotteries made it their business to partake in the art of the Australia Play this past Saturday night. With that came a bounce in the jackpots to $7.75 million and $158 million, respectively.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order made their 247th appearance together with winning numbers 15, 17, 23, 26, 43 and 52.

Giving a nice kick to the Lotto Texas jackpot! Source: lotterytrend.com.

There have now been 1810 Lotto Texas drawings and an Australia Play has been featured in 13.6% of them. An Australia Play was last spotted October 28, 2020.

Four-Number Combinations

Repeating Four-Number Combinations were notably absent.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Powerball’s Australia Play made its 29th appearance out of 532 drawings. This was made possible by winning numbers 14, 16, 37, 48, 58 and PB 18.

The jackpot is upward bound! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

The {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order have all appeared together in 5.45% of the Powerball drawings. Prior to Saturday night, an Australia Play was last seen September 30, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations  

After a long week, there wasn’t enough energy to put up repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Will at least one of these Australia Plays make an encore Wednesday night, or will Lotto Texas and Powerball have other plans?

Some Things are Not Worth Repeating

It finally happened. After 8.5 months, Lotto Texas was brought down. Oh, don’t feel sorry for Lotto Texas; it had to happen sooner or later. Although both the {3-3} Pattern and the 3 3 0 Specific Order were a hit last time, they brought about the crash of September 30, 2020 and made a lone player from Seguin much richer. Mega Millions and Powerball hugged and high-fived each other, happy that the “uppity little lottery” was put back in its place. The prize was reset to $5 million.

Amidst the chaos, Powerball held strong. With the help of an Australia Play, its position in lottery high society was maintained. The jackpot increased to $41 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-3} Pattern made its 143rd appearance with winning numbers 4, 11, 16, 19, 27 and 30.

Brought down by a playback! Source: lotterytrend.com

There have now been 1799 Lotto Texas drawings, and this Pattern has played 7.95% of the time.

Now with 45 appearances, the 3 3 0 Specific Order has played in 31.5% of the 143 drawings where {3-3} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1799 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 2.50% of the time.

Both the {3-3} Pattern and the 3 3 0 Specific Order were last seen September 26, 2020.

Similar Spread

What about a similar spread? That should’ve been enough to keep Lotto Texas in the good graces of lottery high society, right? No. No it wasn’t.

The spread for this past Wednesday night’s numbers was 07:05:03:08:03. This was similar to the spread from the November 1, 2000 drawing. That night, the winning numbers were 27, 30, 35, 38, 45 and 43, with the spread being 03:05:03:07:08. Different numbers played both nights but notice that the differences between numbers were the same, although in different orders.

Four-Number Combinations

A trio of repeating Four-Number Combinations were a part of the scene, one of which played twice before:

  • 4, 11, 19, 27 (Debuted March 15, 2017)
  • 4, 16, 19, 30 (Debuted March 29, 2014)
  • 4, 11, 16, 27 (Debuted October 20, 2012 and previously played December 19, 2015)
Red, blue and back at square one. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Fine showings all around, but they just weren’t enough.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 14, 18, 36, 49, 67 and PB 18, an Australia Play made its 28th appearance.

Powerball benefitted with this playback! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Given that there have been 521 drawings, the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and the 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order have played 5.37% of the time. We last saw them in the May 9, 2020 drawing.

Three-Number Combinations

There was also room for two repeating Three-Number Combinations!

Making room for two repeating Three-Number Combos! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

With Lotto Texas out of the way, Powerball can now focus on other things, like, “How long will it take to have a monster-sized jackpot?” It may a while yet but to Powerball, the natural order has been restored and all is right with the world.

As for Lotto Texas? Well, it had a taste of the high life, and it’s not going to let this setback get in the way! But we must get through Saturday’s drawing first. It isn’t likely that the {3-3} Pattern will make a three-peat, but it is 2020, after all. We’ll need to keep an eye on it!

The Pattern Streak Double Strikedown

Lotto Texas and Powerball have acted like a playground clique these days. They play together, so it’s expected that they’ll copy each other, or even be in sync with each other now and again. Lately, both lotteries have been in the grip of streaks with their most common Patterns.

On May 9, 2020, the Pattern streaks came to an end. Both the {3-2-1} Pattern and the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streaks were struck down with Australia Plays. That is, the Pattern, General Order (applicable to Powerball only) and the Specific Order were the same. This interesting turn of events kept the jackpots climbing. Lotto Texas rose to $15.25 million and Powerball rose to $77 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 1, 6, 30, 36, 43 and 46, Lotto Texas’s Australia Play made its 239th appearance.

Kicking the {3-2-1} Pattern off the throne! Source: lotterytrend.com.

There have now been 1758 Lotto Texas drawings, meaning that the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order have played 13.6% of the time. An Australia Play was last seen April 22, 2020.

Four-Number Combination(s)

There were no repeating Four-Number Combinations.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Powerball’s Australia Play was thanks to winning numbers 12, 18, 42, 48, 65 and PB 19. This marked the 27th appearance of the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order and the 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order.

A right-hook to the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

The Australia Play has occurred in 5.625% of the 480 Powerball drawings, and was last seen October 9, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Three-Number Combinations were not part of the agenda Saturday night.

The Pattern streaks may be over, but the prizes continue their march ever upward. Will the jackpots continue to climb, or will at least one of them be struck down next week?

Encore and Hops

Today’s title means one of two things. Either Lottery Binge has decided to venture into the world of craft beer brewing (and should quit before even getting started) or there was an Australia Play and a Pattern encore. We’re going to go with the latter.

This past Wednesday night was also good for fans of repeating Four-Number and Three-Number Combinations. As busy as the night was, there were no grand prize winners in either lottery. Lotto Texas’s jackpot climbed to $5.5 million while Powerball waltzed into $373 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The winning numbers for January 22nd, 2020 were 4, 13, 20, 35, 48, and 51. This marked the 235th appearance of the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order. This would also make this the 235th drawing in which an Australia Play was present.

A January Australia Play. Source: lotterytrend.com.

There have now been 1727 Lotto Texas drawings and the Australia Play has appeared in 13.6% of them. Prior to Wednesday night, an Australia Play was seen October 30th, 2019.

Four-Number Combinations

Hopping across the lottery plains were three repeating Four-Number Combinations:

  • 4, 13, 35, 48 (Debuted February 14th, 2009)
  • 4, 13, 20, 48 (Debuted February 7th, 2015)
  • 13, 20, 35, 48 9Debuted April 17th, 2013)
A trio of repeating Four-Number Combinations. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Fresh from this past Saturday night, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made an encore appearance! With winning numbers 11, 33, 44, 59, 67, and PB 8, this Pattern made its 174th appearance.

An encore that leads to something more? Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has played in 38.8% of the 449 Powerball drawings.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, now with 46 appearances, has played in 26.4% of the 174 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 449 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.2% of the time. We last saw the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order December 7th, 2019.

Now with five appearances, the 1 0 1 1 2 1 Specific Order has played in 10.9% of the 46 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.87% of the 174 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.11% of all 449 drawings. Prior to Wednesday night, the 1 0 1 1 2 1 Specific Order played January 12th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Duo decked in red. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern three-peat in Powerball send its jackpot to $400 million or close to it? Could Lotto Texas see an Australia Play encore?

The Cleanest Play

The cleanest play in the lottery world is the playback. This phenomenon occurs in Mega Millions when the Pattern, General Order, and Specific Order, share a date when they previously played together. There is yet another level of playback. In this playback is a special Pattern. When this Pattern plays in Mega Millions, there is but one General Order and one Specific Order that show up alongside it.

That special playback is the Australia Play, and it sent the prize to $116 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The Australia Play made its 17th appearance in the January 17, 2020 drawing. The winning numbers were  3, 25, 30, 54, 70, and MB 9.

No date hopping for an Australia Play! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 533 drawings, the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order have played 3.19% of the time. Prior to Friday night, the Australia Play occurred in the September 17, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

This Australia Play was accompanied by two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 25, 70, MB 9 (Debuted February 2, 2016)
  • 3, 54, 70 (Debuted August 2, 2016)
Combination bonus! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will Tuesday’s drawing see a rare Australia Play encore or will another Pattern take center stage?

An Encore for a Hopping Wednesday

Things were toasty, just toasty for Lotto Texas and Powerball. As the colder air pushed through, these lotteries got a fire going by throwing in an encore and an Australia Play! Frustrated players made kindling out of their tickets, however. The jackpots rose to $6 million and $90 million, respectively.

(To all the math nuts out there, the Lotto Texas jackpot is now 1/15th that of Powerball’s. Is this the “natural order” of things, or is Lotto Texas just biding its time, waiting for Powerball to “slip up”?)

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

October 9, 2019 saw an encore for the {3-2-1} Pattern and its 894th appearance. This time, the winning numbers were 14, 18, 19, 27, 33, and 41.

Another round of {3-2-1}! Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Pattern has now played in 52.7% of the 1697 Lotto Texas drawings.

Now with 147 appearances, the 2 3 1 Specific Order has played in 16.4% of the 147 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1697 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 8.66% of the time. We last saw the 2 3 1 Specific Order in the September 14, 2019 drawing.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Two repeating Four-Number Combinations were birthed from this madness:

  • 18, 27, 33, 41 (Debuted March 13, 2002)
  • 14, 18, 19, 41 (Debuted December 22, 2010)
Completing the package. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 5, 18, 33, 43, 65, and PB 2, an Australia Play bounded across Powerball for the 26th time.

Bounding along with six numbers. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com

Of the 419 drawings to date, the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order and 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order have played 6.21% of the time. Prior to Wednesday night, an Australia Play was spotted July 27, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

 The Australia Play wasn’t alone. A single repeating Three-Number Combination was tucked away:

Gotta have that one! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will a Pattern streak form for Lotto Texas on Saturday, and could Powerball’s Australia Play come back like a boomerang?

Hopping Beyond $200 Million

Mega Millions crossed the $200 million threshold, and it took nearly two months to do it! Thanks to a little help from an Australia Play, Mega Millions got a hop in its step and leaped to $211 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The September 17th, 2019 edition of the Australia Play was brought to you by 12, 15, 30, 50, 65, and MB 1.

Hopping into crazy-jackpot territory. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

That means the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order have now played 16 times. Given that there have been 498 Mega Millions drawings so far, an Australia Play has been present for 3.21% of them. We last saw one of these in the August 23rd, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

 What’s an Australia Play without three repeating Three-Number Combinations? Even more amazing is when the made their debuts!

The February Gang. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

We’re halfway through September and Mega Millions has entered crazy-rich territory. Will the jackpot continue to rise through the rest of the month?

August-Flavored Australia Play

August is almost over and it has been anything but boring for Mega Millions. As the schools opened their doors once again, things continued to get wild in the lottery world. There was a shakeup for Mega Millions in the August 23, 2019 drawing and the prize leapt up to $103 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 11, 15, 37, 54, 68, and MB 21, the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order, and 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order made their 15th appearance.

Oi! We’ve got an Australia Play here. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The Australia Play has taken place in 3.05% of the 491 Mega Millions drawings. Prior to Friday night, it was last seen in the July 12, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Tucked away in the pouch was repeating Three-Number Combination 11, 37, and 68.

The lone repeater. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted October 14, 2014.

Although this was a short post, Friday night packed a lot of punch! Will the last week of August be a blowout for Mega Millions, or will it take time to chill out?