Mega Millions’ Cheese and Wine

A special thanks to guest blogger Romulun Harris for filling in on such short notice this past weekend!

Nothing says “sophisticated” like a cheese platter served with wine! But, there’s a catch. Velveeta and Kraft singles are a no-no, and the finest wines come from far and wide. Of course, we’re partial to wines from the Texas Hill Country, wot wot.

Mega Millions, see, is a sophisticate. The trendsetter, not the follower. For a while, it had the largest jackpot of The Big Three. It was the guile (or “gall” in Mega Millions’ view) of a Wisconsinite that changed everything. With the prize having been won, the jackpot naturally reset itself to $20 million. And it was with that reset that Mega Millions looked on with scorn at that “uppity” Lotto Texas, hobnobbing with Powerball.

General Lottery Analysis

September 15, 2020 saw the 165th appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, with winning numbers 25, 28, 38, 59, 62 and MB 22.

Making someone $119 million richer! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 27.4% of the 602 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen August 28, 2020.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 52 appearances, has played in 31.5% of the 165 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 602 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 8.64% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [2-1-2-1] General Order played May 22, 2020.

Now with four appearances, the 0 2 1 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 7.69% of the 52 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.42% of the 165 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.66% of all 602 drawings. The 0 2 1 0 2 1 Specific Order was last seen July 13, 2018.

Three-Number Combinations

A duo of repeating Three-Number Combinations dealt extra blows:

Double whammy! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Mega Millions may have been brought down to size, but there are a couple of lottery drawings coming up soon. Will Mega Millions have to contend with having the smallest jackpot this coming Friday, or will its time at the “bottom” be short-lived?

The Ongoing Class Struggle of Lottery Society

Eight months, or close to it. That’s how long it’s been since someone claimed the grand prize in Lotto Texas. A lot sure has happened in eight months. One thing that didn’t change September 9, 2020 was, believe or not, the state of Lotto Texas. Having found itself, it firmly planted roots and continued to grow its jackpot. With no one picking the six numbers, the prize climbed to $40.5 million.

Powerball chuckled. Sure, Lotto Texas’s jackpot grew, but its jackpot did as well. With a jackpot that ascended to $85 million, the gap between the lotteries widened.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

Lotto Texas took a great leap with another Australia Play! With winning numbers 5, 11, 21, 35, 40 and 48, both the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order have played 243 times.

Back like a boomerang! Source: lotterytrend.com.

An Australia Play was present in 13.6% of the 1793 Lotto Texas drawings. It was just last week, September 2, 2020, that we last saw one hop on by.

Four-Number Combinations

Two repeating Four-Number Combinations were also spotted on walkabout:

  • 5, 11, 35, 40 (Debuted September 26, 2015)
  • 5, 21, 35, 48 (Debuted February 5, 2003)
Two is better than one! Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

We’ll spare you the Australia puns and tell you right now that an Australia Play was absent in Powerball.

With that said, numbers 27, 52, 55, 60, 64 and PB 21 marked the 144th appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern.

No Australia Play here tonight! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

There have now been 515 Powerball drawings, and this Pattern has played 28% of the time. The {2-2-1-1} Pattern was last seen August 15, 2020.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 44 appearances, has played in 30.6% of the 144 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 515 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 8.54% of the time. Prior to Wednesday night, the [1-2-2-1] General Order played June 20, 2020.

Now with four appearances, the 0 1 0 2 2 1 Specific Order has played in 9.09% of the 44 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.78% of the 144 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.78% of all 515 drawings. We last saw the 0 1 0 2 2 1 Specific Order in the July 17, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combinations

Repeating Three-Number Combination 52, 55 and PB 21 debuted March 31, 2018.

Room enough for a repeating Three-Number Combination! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Powerball is closer to $100 million and Lotto Texas is on a jackpot high! Will life for these lotteries continue to be roses and bourbon Saturday night, or will the party end for at least one of them?

Chaos and (Minimizing) Confusion

As if a rotten year couldn’t get any rottener. The news of Chadwick Boseman’s recent passing was like a sucker punch. At 43 years of age, it feels too soon. In his short time on the mortal plane, he became known for playing Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and T’Challa/Black Panther, the most famous role of all. Regardless of whether they were historical or a comic book/movie character, these figures inspired millions to achieve their dreams, and also work towards a better world for all.

It is with Mr. Boseman’s passing that we mustn’t forget the passing of Anthony Huber (26) and Joseph Rosenbaum (36). They were protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake, a(nother) black father who was shot by police and is now paralyzed from the waist down. Mr. Huber and Mr. Rosenbaum were murdered by Kyle Rittenhouse, a seventeen-year-old man who claimed to have shot them in self-defense. They were in fact, trying to protect the other protesters from Rittenhouse.

If you want to see a better world, it isn’t enough to be a keyboard warrior. Write to your leaders (if they will listen). Protest peacefully if you are able to protest. And most importantly, vote. This is an election you cannot sit out. If voting didn’t matter, they wouldn’t make it so difficult.

May these three Rest in Power, and let’s continue working on that better world. As another inspirational figure said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

As school resumes and yet another pumpkin spice latte season is about to descend upon us, the sleepy days of summer are numbered. Traditionally, Labor Day weekend is considered the last weekend of summer. What with all that’s gone on this year, it’s hard to believe that Labor Day is next weekend.

Amidst the madness plaguing the human world, Mega Millions retained its status as “top” lottery. The August 28, 2020 drawing saw encores for both the Pattern and the General Order. Playing it safe paid off for the players as well, at least those who like big prizes. With no one able to pick the six winning numbers, the jackpot climbed to $78 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern returned with winning numbers 3, 9, 50, 53, 64 and MB 1. This Pattern has now played 164 times.

Another round of the {2-2-1-1] Pattern! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 597 drawings, and this Pattern has played in 27.5% of them.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, now with 54 appearances, has played in 32.9% of the 164 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 597 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.05% of the time.

Both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [2-2-1-1] General Order played August 25, 2020.

Now with two appearances, the 2 0 0 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 3.70% of the 54 drawings where the General Order was [2-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 1.22% of the 164 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern, and in 0.34% of all 597 drawings. The 2 0 0 2 1 1 Specific Order made its first appearance in the February 25, 2020 drawing.

Three-Number Combinations

The tag team encore of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and [2-2-1-1] General Order were accompanied by two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Resting on the same row! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

As August gives way to September, will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and [2-2-1-1] General Order come back for a joint three-peat?

Aristocratic Mega Millions

Mega Millions considers itself an elite of sorts. After all, it has flirted with billion-dollar jackpots, and currently has the largest prize (Powerball and Lotto Texas are in second and third place, respectively). And, that prize grew once again. With no one selecting the six winning numbers, the jackpot ascended to $67 million.

General Lottery Analysis

Rather than opt for a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore, August 25, 2020 featured the 163rd appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, with winning numbers 8, 10, 15, 17, 57, and MB 12.

No room for encores. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has played in 27.3% of the 596 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen August 7, 2020.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, now with 53 appearances, has played in 32.5% of the 163 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 596 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 8.89% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [2-2-1-1] General Order played May 29, 2020.

Now with six appearances, the 2 2 0 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 11.3% of the 53 drawings where the General Order was [2-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.68% of the 163 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.01% of all 596 drawings. The 2 2 0 0 1 1 Specific Order was last seen in the August 7, 2018 drawing.

Similar Spread

Mega Millions sipped on a mint julep while offering up a similar spread. The spread for Tuesday night’s numbers was 02:05:02:40. October 18, 2019 saw something similar with its numbers. That night, the winning numbers were 18, 58, 60, 65, 67 and MB 20, with a spread of 40:02:05:02. Note that the differences between numbers was the same, yet they were in a different order.

Three-Number Combinations

There were also a couple of accompanying repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Repeating Three-Number Combinations to bolster Mega Millions’ position. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will Mega Millions continue to dominate lottery high society Friday night?

Unshakeable Lotto Texas and Plucky Powerball

This year has been a year of discovery for Lotto Texas. Unlike Mega Millions and Powerball, this lottery is, comparatively speaking, the prim and proper one. Now and again, it indulges but pulls back when things get too hairy. Thing is, Lotto Texas hasn’t pulled back in a while. Since January, the jackpot has climbed from $5 million to over $30 million. August 15, 2020 was yet another winless night, and more money being added to the pot meant $33.25 million up for grabs in the next drawing.

August 15, 2020 was a night of opportunity for Powerball. After getting knocked off its feet earlier this week, it dusted off and hit the ground running. With the help of encores from both the Pattern and the General Order, the jackpot rose to $22 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {4-2} Pattern made its 193rd appearance with 14, 15, 42, 46, 47 and 51.

Propped up by an uncommon Pattern! Source: lotterytrend.com.

There have now been 1786 Lotto Texas drawings, and this Pattern has played 10.8% of the time. This Pattern was last seen in the June 6, 2020 drawing.

Now with 25 appearances, the 2 0 4 Specific Order has played in 13% of the 193 drawings where {4-2} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1786 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 December 7, 2019.

Four-Number Combinations

Repeating Four-Number Combination 14, 42, 47 and 51 debuted October 13, 2018.

A Combination boost! Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

Winning numbers 5, 12, 34, 45, 56 and PB 3 marked the 143rd appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern.

Getting back up with a Pattern encore! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 28.1% of the 508 Powerball drawings.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 48 appearances, has played in 33.6% of the 143 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 508 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.45% of the time.

Both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [2-1-2-1] General Order played August 12, 2020.

Now with four appearances, the 2 0 1 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 8.33% of the 48 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.80% of the 143 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.79% of all 508 drawings. The 2 0 1 2 0 1 Specific Order was last seen October 5, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Repeating Three-Number Combination 5, 45 and PB 3 debuted May 20, 2017.

A little something “extra”. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Lotto Texas seems to have fully embraced this “new” self. Will this lottery continue to indulge itself, or will it begin to tone it down a notch?

The Lotto Texas Playback and Sunshine for Powerball

There was another shake-up in the lottery world! Powerball was brought down by an intrepid player from The Sunshine State, and with that, the jackpot was reset to $20 million. Lotto Texas was determined to not go down. With an assist from the Australia Play, a playback like no other, its jackpot rose to $32.25 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 6, 15, 25, 35, 39 and 41, both the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order made their 241st appearance.

An extra kick in Lotto Texas! Source: lotterytrend.com.

There have now been 1785 Lotto Texas drawings, and an Australia Play has occurred in 13.5% of them. The last time an Australia Play happened was July 4, 2020.

Four-Number Combinations

After the dust settled, repeating Four-Number Combination 6, 15, 35 and 39 remained.

The lone repeating Four-Number Combination boldly dons red. Source: lotterytrend.com

This Combination debuted in the May 4, 2013 drawing.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 142nd appearance with 2, 6, 18, 36, 37 and PB 21.

Brought down to size by the *second* most common Powerball Pattern! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 28% of the 507 Powerball drawings.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 47 appearances, has played in 33.1% of the 142 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 507 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.27% of the time.

Prior to Wednesday night, both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [2-1-2-1] General Order played August 5, 2020.

Now with eight appearances, the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order played in 17% of the 47 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.63% of the 142 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.58% of all 507 drawings. The 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order was last seen May 16, 2020.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Repeating Three-Number Combination 2, 18 and 37 debuted January 3, 2018.

Repeating Three-Number Combination makes everything better! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Lotto Texas may have the bigger jackpot of the two right now, but will that continue into Saturday night?

Variety is the Spice of Mega Millions

Variety, regardless of how we feel about it, makes life more interesting. For better or worse, we humans don’t mind the occasional shake-up to our routines. It just so happened that Mega Millions is also one that enjoys partaking in variety as well! Instead of a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern three-peat, another approach was taken to raise the jackpot. With no one picking the six winning numbers, it climbed to $24 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 162nd appearance in the August 7, 2020 drawing. The winning numbers were 4, 44, 53, 64, 70 and MB 3.

Changing things up! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 591 Mega Millions drawings, and this Pattern has played 27.4% of the time.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 59 appearances, has played in 36.4% of the 162 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 591 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.98% of the time.

Both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [1-2-2-1] General Order were last seen July 10, 2020.

Now with eight appearances, the 1 0 0 2 2 1 Specific Order has played in 13.6% of the 59 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.94% of the 162 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.35% of all 591 drawings. The 1 0 0 2 2 1 Specific Order was last seen January 18, 2019.

Three-Number Combinations

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 44, 64 and MB 3.

With a side of repeating Three-Number Combination! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted December 6, 2013.

Will next week be the week of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, or will Mega Millions shake it up a bit?

Pummeling and (Near) Playbacks

One word described the night of August 5, 2020: brutal. Lotto Texas and Powerball players got pummeled for even daring to think they could win either of the jackpots. It could be argued that players of the former bore the brunt of it, as there was a Texas-sized playback. With that playback came a jackpot now worth $30.25 million. That quiet, unassuming Lotto Texas ain’t so quiet these days, and hasn’t been for some time.

A playback looked to be on the horizon in Powerball but no go. The jackpot there settled at a comfortable $158 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The uncommonly seen {3-3} Pattern was the cause of the kerfuffle here. With winning numbers 8, 12, 15, 37, 44 and 54, this Pattern made its 141st appearance.

Different pattern, same result: a rising jackpot! Source: lotterytrend.com.

Now, 141 is a pretty big number, but see, there have been 1783 Lotto Texas drawings. Of those drawings, the {3-3} Pattern has only played in 7.91% of them.

Now with 53 appearances, the 3 0 3 Specific Order has played in 37.6% of the 141 drawings where {3-3} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1783 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 2.98% of the time.

Both the {3-3} Pattern and the 3 0 3 Specific Order were last seen in the June 13, 2020 drawing.

Four-Number Combinations

The {3-3} Pattern couldn’t bear to act alone. In addition to the playback, it was accompanied by a posse of repeating Four-Number Combinations:

  • 8, 37, 44, 54 (Debuted October 30, 2010)
  • 8, 15, 44, 54 (Debuted March 16, 2019)
  • 12, 15, 37, 54 (Debuted April 10, 2002)
  • 8, 12, 15, 37 (Debuted August 23, 2006)
Bunches of repeating Four-Number Combinations! Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 141st appearance with winning numbers 7, 14, 17, 57, 65 and PB 24.

Sticking with a familiar Pattern. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 27.9% of the 505 Powerball drawings.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 46 appearances, has played in 32.6% of the 141 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 505 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.11% of the time.

Both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [2-1-2-1] General Order were last seen July 22, 2020.

Now with seven appearances, the 2 1 0 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 15.2% of the 46 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.96% of the 141 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.39% of all 505 drawings. We last saw the 2 1 0 0 2 1 Specific Order October 16, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Repeating Three-Number Combination 7, 57 and PB 24 debuted January 12, 2019.

Single and near the middle! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will Saturday night continue the trend of rising jackpots?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Still Aboard the Jackpot Train

Summer 2020 is looking to be the summer of jackpot hikes. True, there are only a few days left in July and there’s still August but save for a couple of hiccups, Powerball has remained strong, and Lotto Texas has yet to stumble! July 22, 2020 meant taking on more jackpot. With no one picking the six winning numbers in either Lotto Texas or Powerball, their respective jackpots rose to $27.75 million and $117 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern encore, and its 945th appearance overall, were made possible by 12, 18, 32, 39, 47 and 52.

A power boost by encore! Source: lotterytrend.com.

This Pattern has now played in 53.1% of the 1779 Lotto Texas drawings and was last seen July 18, 2020.

Now with 137 appearances, the 2 1 3 Specific Order has played in 14.5% of the 945 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1779 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 7.70% of the time. Prior to Wednesday night, the 2 1 3 Specific Order played June 20, 2020.

Four-Number Combinations

Although a {3-2-1} Pattern encore gave the jackpot a boost, it didn’t produce any repeating Four-Number Combinations.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 16, 25, 36, 44, 55 and PB 14, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 140th appearance.

No Pattern encore but a rising jackpot still! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 27.9% of the 501 Powerball drawings and was last seen July 8, 2020.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 45 appearances, has played in 32.1% of the 140 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 501 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 8.98% of the time. Prior to Wednesday night, the [2-1-2-1] General Order played May 16, 2020.

Now with four appearances, the 0 2 1 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 8.89% of the 45 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.86% of the 140 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.80% of all 501 drawings. The 0 2 1 2 0 1 Specific Order was last seen November 27, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Bundled together! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will the jackpot hikes continue, or will the jackpot train make a stop for at least one lottery?

And the Jackpot Goes Up, Up, Up

The heat makes people, and apparently lotteries, go crazy. As the thermometer climbed July 10, 2020, so did the Mega Millions jackpot. No fancy tricks or {3-1-1-1} Pattern three-peat were necessary to send the prize to $91 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 161st appearance with 10, 15, 20, 49, 53 and MB 22.

New weekend, different Pattern. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

This Pattern has now played in 27.6% of the 583 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen May 29, 2020.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 58 appearances, has played in 36% of the 161 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 583 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.95% of the time.

Now with seven appearances, the 1 2 0 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 12.1% of the 58 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.35% of the 161 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.20% of all 583 drawings.

Prior to Friday night, both the [1-2-2-1] General Order and the 1 2 0 2 0 1 Specific Order played May 12, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations

There was just enough energy to throw out a repeating Three-Number Combination! Lone repeater 10, 53 and MB 22 debuted January 29, 2019.

Time enough for a repeating Three-Number Combination! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore Tuesday night boost the jackpot once again?