The Season of (Repeating) Four-Number Combinations

Lotto Texas and Powerball finally slept off the Thanksgiving leftovers and jumped into the Christmas madness Saturday night. Powerball was the most energetic, with its {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore and the presence of a repeating Four-Number Combination! Speaking of, the presence of a repeating Four-Number Combination wasn’t all that Lotto Texas and Powerball had in common. With neither lottery seeing a grand prize winner, their respective jackpots rose to $11.5 million and $140 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {4-2} Pattern made its 188th appearance December 7th, 2019, with winning numbers 2, 7, 38, 42, 47, and 51.

A {4-2} Pattern bursting with energy. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Given that there have been 1714 Lotto Texas drawings, this Pattern has played 11% of the time and was last seen November 27th, 2019.

Now with 24 appearances, the 2 0 4 Specific Order has played in 12.8% of the 188 drawings where {4-2} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1714 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 1.40% of the time. Prior to Saturday night, the 2 0 4 Specific Order played September 28th, 2019.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Lotto Texas’s repeating Four-Number Combination was 7, 38, 47, and 51.

What’s a {4-2} Pattern without a repeating Four-Number Combination? Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Combination made its debut in the June 26th, 2010 drawing.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore was thanks to numbers 18, 42, 53, 62, 66, and PB 25. This Pattern has now played 167 times.

There’s more to these numbers than a Pattern encore! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Of the 436 Powerball drawings, this Pattern has played in 38.3% of them and was last seen in the December 4th, 2019 drawing.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, now with 45 appearances, has played in 26.9% of the 167 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 436 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.3% of the time. We last saw the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order in the October 19th, 2019 drawing.

Now with 10 appearances, the 0 1 1 1 2 1 Specific Order has played in 22.2% of the 45 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.99% of the 167 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.29% of all 436 drawings. Prior to Saturday night, the 0 1 1 1 2 1 Specific Order played April 6th, 2019.

Four-Number Combination

In an interesting turn of events, a repeating Four-Number Combination popped up! The Combination was 42, 53, 62, and PB 25.

Something so uncommon should be decked out in blue. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Combination debuted in the December 29th, 2018 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Of course, we mustn’t forget that whenever you slice open a repeating Four-Number Combination, four repeating Three-Number Combinations will slide out:

  • 42, 53, 62
  • 42, 53, PB 25
  • 42, 62, PB 25
  • 53, 62, PB 25

Naturally, these Combinations debuted in the earlier-mentioned December 28th, drawing. There was one other repeating Three-Number Combination, 18, 62, and 66, which debuted January 25th, 2017.

Enough repeating Three-Number Combinations to go around! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

With 2.5 weeks left before Christmas, there’s plenty of time for Pattern streaks to get established and for jackpots to enter crazy-high territory (like Mega Millions). Will Powerball’s {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern have a streak for the ages, or will another Pattern block its chances of a three-peat Wednesday night? Will Lotto Texas’s {4-2} Pattern do something “uncharacteristic” and go for the encore?

Another Crazy-High Mega Millions Jackpot? You Bet it Is!

Mega Millions is at it again with what may be another holiday-themed jackpot surge! For anyone who doesn’t remember, it was Halloween 2018 (or thereabouts) when this lottery’s jackpot surged to $1.6 billion, the highest prize yet. With no one able to match all six numbers this past Friday, the jackpot climbed to $314 million. Although nowhere near the record, it got closer.

General Lottery Analysis

December 6th, 2019 was marked by the 231st appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern with winning numbers 20, 31, 40, 46, 61, and MB 20.

Pushing the jackpot ever higher. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 521 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 44.3% of the time and was last seen November 29th, 2019.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, now with 53 appearances, has played in 22.9% of the 231 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 521 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.2% of the time. Prior to Friday night, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order played August 2nd, 2019.

Now with 14 appearances, the 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 26.4% of the 53 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.06% of the 231 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.69% of all 521 drawings. We last saw the 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order in the June 11th, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Accompanying the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern were two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Repeating Three-Number Combination doubleheader! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Christmas itself isn’t that far off and there are five more Mega Millions drawings before then.  One, in fact, falls on Christmas Eve! Will the prize enter the billion-dollar range right soon or will someone gift himself with a large bonus?

Lotto Texas and Powerball in “Playback and a Half”

The pumpkin-flavored goodies have been pushed aside for peppermint. Strange yet enticing light displays offer brightness as the days continue to grow shorter or in some cases, disappear. Stores are packed with people looking for those special gifts, or the equipment to make the gifts. Truly we are in the Christmas season, the “mas” in “Hallowthankmas”!

Lotto Texas and Powerball aren’t able to shop for gifts, but they can offer them. Twice a week they have the power to grant at least one person with the gift of (early) retirement. Should no one win the ultimate prize, well, the gift gets ever grander.

Speaking of “grand”, Lotto Texas had the mind to offer up a playback this past Wednesday. The fact that it was also an encore makes it even grander! This was enough to push the jackpot to $11 million. Powerball saw no such encore, but the prize did rise to $130 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern encore of December 4th, 2019 was brought to you by winning numbers 3, 8, 24, 30, 32, and 41. This Pattern has now played 906 times.

An encore for mid-week. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Given that there have been 1713 drawings, this Pattern has played 52.9% of the time.

As if a {3-2-1} Pattern encore weren’t enough, the 2 3 1 Specific Order got one in as well! Now with 150 appearances, this Specific Order has played in 16.6% of the 906 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1713 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 8.76% of the time.

Both the {3-2-1} Pattern and the 2 3 1 Specific Order were last seen in the November 30th, 2019 drawing.

Four-Number Combination(s)

There were no repeating Four-Number Combinations Wednesday night.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 8, 27, 44, 51, 61, and PB 14, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 166th appearance.

Still number 1 in Powerball, this Pattern is. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Of the 435 Powerball drawings, this Pattern has played 38.2% of the time.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 34 appearances, has played in 20.5% of the 166 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 7.82% of all 435 drawings.

Prior to Wednesday night, both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the  [1-1-2-1-1] General Order were last seen November 20th, 2019. A playback wasn’t in the cards for Powerball, but it came close!

Now with seven appearances, the 1 1 0 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 20.6% of the 34 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.22% of the 166 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.61% of all 435 drawings. The 1 1 0 2 1 1 Specific Order was last seen October 26th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Wednesday night was sans-repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Could the {3-2-1} Pattern be setting up for a Pattern streak comeback in Lotto Texas? Will Powerball’s {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern also try to establish a streak?

The Mega Millions Black Friday Encore Deal

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is fast approaching and when else but Black Friday can you get good deals? Okay, more good deals will be coming down the pipes but it’s Black Friday. We’re talking about the start of the Christmas season!

What to know what else happens on Black Friday? Mega Millions. If you chose to partake in this lottery this past Friday night, you wanted that crazy large prize. It would’ve made a fantastic Christmas gift, that’s for sure! But, thanks to the wonders of a Pattern encore, no one could claim the jackpot. But if you’re a fan of prizes that exceed a quarter of a billion dollars, then $266 million should be right up your alley!

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore of November 29th, 2019 was marked by winning numbers 6, 8, 31, 50, 65, and MB 9. This Pattern has now played 230 times.

A Pattern encore to end the month. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Of the 519 Mega Millions drawings, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 44.3% of them and was last seen November 26th, 2019.

The [2-1-1-1-1] General Order, now with 60 appearances, has played in 26.1% of the 230 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 519 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 11.6% of the time. Prior to Friday night, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order played September 24th, 2019.

Now with 18 appearances, the 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 30% of the 60 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 7.83% of the 230 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 3.47% of all 519 drawings. We last saw the 2 0 1 1 1 1 Specific Order in the May 7th, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 6, 50, 65.

An encore that didn’t come alone! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted February 17th, 2015.

Will December be the month of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streak for Mega Millions? If not that, could the year end with the rise of a monstrous jackpot?

Mega Millions’ Short Stint

In our last Mega Millions post, we were giving our good friend Mega Millions a pat on the back. After several months of “near playbacks”, a true one finally happened that Friday night. How cool it would’ve been to see another one in the November 26th, 2019 drawing! Nothing like making up for missed opportunities, right?

Well, it just so happened that Mega Millions fell back into old habits. Another “near playback” greeted the players and with that, the jackpot ballooned to $243 million.

General Lottery Analysis

Tuesday night saw the 229th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, with winning numbers 8, 27, 29, 38, 43, and MB 13.

Throw ’em a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern instead. Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Pattern has now played in 44.2% of the 518 Mega Millions drawings.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 66 appearances, has played in 28.8% of the 229 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 518 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12.7% of the time.

Prior to Tuesday night, both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order played November 15th, 2019.

Now with 15 appearances, the 1 1 2 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 22.7% of the 66 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.55% of the 229 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and 2.90% of all 518 drawings. We last saw the 1 1 2 1 0 1 Specific Order in the November 1st, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

What Mega Millions lacked in playbacks it more than made up for with two repeating Three-Number Combinations!

The package included two repeating Three-Number Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Black Friday will soon be upon us. Will Mega Millions greet the Christmas season with a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore? Will someone win an early Christmas gift?

Beware of Lotteries Bearing Encores

A Pattern encore is a gateway to many things. The foundation of a Pattern streak, perhaps, or a means of boosting a lottery’s jackpot? Sometimes, an encore is ”just” an encore.

Lotto Texas and Powerball combined saw all of the above. It was the power of the Pattern encore that sent the jackpots to $9 million and $90 million, respectively. Of course, the encores weren’t the only gifts the lotteries offered. ‘Tis the season and all.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

After showing up for the fifth time in a row, the {3-2-1} Pattern streak was solidified on November 20th, 2019.  With winning numbers 1, 15, 21, 31, 36, and 46, this Pattern has played 903 times.

A five-timing Pattern! Source: lotterytrend.com.

Of the 1709 Lotto Texas drawings, this Pattern has played in 52.8% of them and was last seen November 16th, 2019.

Now with 148 appearances, the 2 3 1 Specific Order has played in 16.4% of the 903 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1709 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 8.66% of the time. Prior to Wednesday night, the 2 3 1 Specific Order played October 9th, 2019.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Along for the ride were two repeating Four-Number Combinations:

  • 1, 21, 31, 46 (Debuted December 9th, 2009)
  • 1, 21, 31, 36 (Debuted July 14th, 2018)
Boxed together. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Powerball’s {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern pulled through with an encore thanks to numbers 7, 15, 39, 40, 57, and PB 12. This Pattern has now played 165 times.

A future Pattern streak in the works? Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

With 431 Powerball drawings to date, this Pattern has played in 38.3% of them and was last seen November 16th, 2019.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 33 appearances, has played in 20% of the 165 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 431 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.66% of the time.

Now with 13 appearances, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 39.4% of the 33 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 7.88% of the 165 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 3.02% of all 431 drawings.

Both the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order and the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order were last seen November 9th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

One repeating Three-Number Combination managed to tag along:

Red is a leader’s color! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will Pattern streaks for Lotto Texas and Powerball be the lead-in to the Thanksgiving holiday?

Pattern, Pattern, Four Times More

Thanksgiving is a little less than two weeks away and Christmas is even further in the future, decorations and pre-Thanksgiving holiday parties aside. The natural thing to do, at least for Lotto Texas and Powerball, is to hold off on any big plays. For the most part, that’s exactly what happened this past Saturday night. A Pattern four-peat sent the prize in Lotto Texas to $8.75 million. Powerball saw no such thing, but one wasn’t needed to push the jackpot to $80 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern four-peat of November 16th, 2019 was brought to you by 4, 12, 13, 19, 24, and 54. This Pattern has now played 902 times.

Keep that {3-2-1} Pattern going! Source: lotterytrend.com.

Of the 1708 Lotto Texas drawings, this Pattern has played 52.8% of the time and was last seen November 13th, 2019.

Now with 162 appearances, the 3 2 1 Specific Order has played in 18% of the 902 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1708 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 9.48% of the time. Prior to Saturday night, the 3 2 1 Specific Order played October 5th, 2019.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Lotto Texas didn’t see any repeating Four-Number Combinations.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

November 16th also saw the 164th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. The winning numbers were 14, 22, 26, 55, 63, and PB 26.

Powerball’s most common Pattern in all its glory. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 38.1% of the 430 Powerball drawings and was last seen November 9th, 2019.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, now with 43 appearances, has played in 26.2% of the 164 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 10% of all 430 drawings. We last saw the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order in the October 12th, 2019 drawing.

Now with 10 appearances, the 1 2 0 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 23.3% of the 43 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.10% of the 164 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.33% of all 430 drawings. The 1 2 0 1 1 1 Specific Order previously played in the September 11th, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Powerball saw no need to tackle repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Lotto Texas has a streak going with its {3-2-1} Pattern. Whether that streak continues next week is something to keep an eye out for. Powerball may need to be added that “Watch out”  list, too. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern is also fond of making repeat appearances…

Mega Millions and the Trusty Encore

For those of you out there clamoring to see a playback in Mega Millions, this past Friday didn’t deliver. Rather than focus on the negatives, we’re going to focus on the positives. It’s the weekend after all, and Mega Millions didn’t skimp out on other goodies! This lottery saw an encore not just with the Pattern, but the General Order as well. Throw in a repeating Three-Number Combination and this proved enough madness to send the jackpot to $192 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore of November 15th, 2019 was made possible by 12, 19, 34, 35, 68, and MB 20. This Pattern has now played 228 times.

Can’t go wrong with a Pattern encore, right? Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Of the 515 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern played in 44.3% of them.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 65 appearances, has played in 28.5% of the 228 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 515 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12.6% of the time.

Both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order were last seen November 12th, 2019.

Now with 14 appearances, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order played in 21.5% of the 65 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.14% of the 228 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.72% of all 515 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order played October 11th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 19, 34, and 35.

Holding strong in the (near) middle. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted April 11th, 2017.

A playback may not be in Mega Millions’ future anytime soon, but a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern three-peat might be! This Pattern is the most commonly seen in Mega Millions and it’s fond of trying to get Pattern streaks going. Going into next Tuesday, we’ll need to keep an eye out for a Pattern three-peat and whether the jackpot crosses the $200 million threshold.

Mega Millions’ Playback Avoidance Program

Lotto Texas had a playback. Powerball had a playback—on the same night as Lotto Texas, even. But Mega Millions? Two out of three elements sharing a date was good enough, it thought. Considering that no one could claim the grand prize and $178 million is now up for grabs, it was very good indeed. From Mega Millions’ perspective, anyway.

General Lottery Analysis

The winning numbers for November 12th, 2019 were 19, 30, 44, 56, 65, and MB 24. This marked the 227th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern.

Once again, no playback! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

There have been 514 Mega Millions drawings and this Pattern has played in 44.2% of them.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 64 appearances, has played in 28.2% of the 227 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 514 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12.5% of the time.

Both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order were last seen November 1st, 2019.

Now with 13 appearances, the 0 1 1 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 20.3% of the 64 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.73% of the 227 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.53% of all 514 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, the 0 1 1 2 1 1 Specific Order played June 25th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Even without a playback, there was a repeating Three-Number Combination: 30, 44, and 56.

A repeating Three-Number Combination is a good prize, though. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted in the June 8th, 2018 drawing.

Seeing that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern dropped by, we have a better chance of seeing a Pattern encore than a playback! Still, will Mega Millions’ playback avoidance continue into Friday night, or will it surprise us?

900 Reasons for a Playback

November 9th, 2019 was not a “Stay home and chill” kind of night! Not only did Lotto Texas see a playback, its most commonly seen Pattern reached a milestone. Throw in a repeating Five-Number Combination, one wouldn’t be wrong to think Lotto Texas reigned supreme. All that madness combined to raise the jackpot to $8.25 million.

Powerball didn’t sit around, either! It too had the playback itch to scratch and saw its grand prize ascend to $60 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern, Lotto Texas’s most commonly seen Pattern, made its 900th appearance Saturday night! The winning numbers were 4, 10, 36, 38, 41, and 49.

Here’s to 900 more! Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Pattern has now played in 52.8% of the 1706 drawings.

Now with 129 appearances, the 2 1 3 Specific Order has played in 14.3% of the 900 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1706 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 7.56% of the time.

The playback in Lotto Texas was a special one. Not only was it a playback, it was also an encore. Both the {3-2-1} Pattern and the 2 1 3 Specific Order were last seen in the November 6th, 2019 drawing.

Five-Number Combination

The repeating Five-Number Combination of the evening was 4, 10, 38, 41, and 49.

Celebrate with a repeating Five-Number Combo. Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Combination debuted in the March 20th, 2013 drawing.

Four-Number Combination(s)

Naturally, if you slice a repeating Five-Number Combination open, five repeating Four-Number Combinations will fall out:

  • 10, 38, 41, 49
  • 4, 10, 41, 49
  • 4, 10, 38, 49
  • 4, 10, 38, 41
  • 4, 38, 41, 49
Repeating Five-Number Combo aftermath. Source: lotterytrend.com.

And, due to the nature of these things, all five of the above Combinations debuted in that same March 23, 2013 drawing.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Interestingly, Powerball’s playback also involved its most commonly seen Pattern. With winning numbers 14, 17, 35, 38, 60, and PB 25, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 163rd appearance.

The playback itch that had to be scratched. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 38.1% of the 428 Powerball drawings.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 32 appearances, has played in 19.6% of the 163 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 7.48% of all 428 drawings.

Now with 12 appearances, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 37.5% of the 32 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 7.36% of the 163 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.80% of all 428 drawings.

Prior to Saturday night, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, and the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order were last seen November 2nd, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were no repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Will more playbacks be in store for the week ahead?