The Great Scaleback

If you partook in Mega Millions last Friday and read our analysis, you’d agree that it was a scorcher! Much like the unseasonable warmth, the onslaught of repeating Three-Number Combinations (half of them thanks to a repeating Four-Number Combination) was relentless. This past Tuesday told a different story: Mega Millions scaled back. An even-tempered play sent the jackpot up to $103 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The January 14th, 2020 Mega Millions drawing marked a milestone for the {3-1-1-1} Pattern. With winning numbers 9, 11, 13, 31, 47, and MB 11, this Pattern made its 100th appearance!

Much “quieter” numbers! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have now been 532 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 18.8% of the time.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 39 appearances, has played in 39% of the 100 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 532 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.33% of the time.

Both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order were last seen in the January 3rd, 2020 drawing.

Now with two appearances, the 3 0 1 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 5.13% of the 39 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2% of the 100 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.38% of all 532 drawings. The 3 0 1 1 0 1 Specific Order was first seen in the March 25th, 2016 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were only two repeating Three-Number Combinations Tuesday night:

A smaller serving of Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

What happened this past Tuesday was the first of many Mega Millions scalebacks to come this year. Even though the number of Combinations was reduced, the jackpot is still high! How much more will it soar?

Mega Millions in “Party Hard, Rest Hard”

Another holiday season has come and gone. A collective groan erupts far and wide as it’s time to get back into the work/school routine. Instead of groaning, Mega Millions yawned.

The Christmas-New Year’s timeframe was a busy one for this lottery. Christmas Eve saw a whopping seven repeating Three-Number Combinations! Nothing like that happened this past Friday. The jackpot rose to $69 million and Mega Millions cocooned itself in a blanket as it took a well-earned rest.

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern made its 99th appearance in the January 3rd, 2020 drawing with winning numbers 37, 41, 42, 53, 63, and MB 16.

A serene start to the new year. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 529 Mega Millions drawings and this Pattern has played in 18.7% of them. We last saw the {3-1-1-1} Pattern December 17th, 2019.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 38 appearances, has played in 38.4% of the 99 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 529 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.18% of the time. The [3-1-1-1] General Order was last seen November 8th, 2019.

Now with three appearances, the 0 0 3 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 7.89% of the 38 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.03% of the 99 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.57% of all 529 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the 0 0 3 1 1 1 Specific Order played January 30th, 2018.

Three-Number Combination

Part of resting up means no repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Mega Millions is off to a quiet start to the year, but does that mean the lull will continue in the foreseeable future?

Mega Millions’ Silent-ish Night

Another period of rising jackpots has come to an end in Mega Millions. The Ultimate Christmas Present was won in Ohio. Even though only one could claim the coveted $372 million, Mega Millions stayed true to the Christmas spirit, gifting players in other states with at least $1 million. Naturally, the jackpot reset itself to $40 million.

Would you believe that Mega Millions did not employ a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore or some other wild play?

General Lottery Analysis

December 17th, 2019 saw the 98th appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern, with numbers 22, 30, 53, 55, 56, and MB 16.

Fancy play need not apply. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have been 524 Mega Millions drawings to date, and this Pattern has now played in 18.7% of them.

The [1-1-3-1] General Order, now with 29 appearances, has played in 29.6% of the 98 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 524 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 5.53% of the time.

Both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-1-3-1] General Order played in the December 3rd, 2019 drawing.

Now with five appearances, the 0 1 1 3 0 1 Specific Order has played in 17.2% of the 29 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-3-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.10% of the 98 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.95% of all 524 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, the 0 1 1 3 0 1 Specific Order played August 22nd, 2017.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Mega Millions took a break from repeating Three-Number Combinations.

The $372 million prize may have been won, but there are still a couple of weeks left in the year. There’s plenty of time for another Pattern streak!

The Persuasive Power of Combinations

A different trend has taken hold in the lottery world. Mega Millions has been following it for a while, and Lotto Texas and Powerball came into the fold this past Saturday night. We’ve come to expect Pattern streaks and other wild plays to send the jackpots higher. As we approach a new decade (depending on who you ask), the lotteries appear to be testing out a new strategy: embracing repeating Four- and Three-Number Combinations!

Why not? Bombarding the players with repeating Combinations is a subtle approach to boosting the jackpots’ worth. In fact, unboxing these Combinations was all that was needed to send Lotto Texas’s prize to $13 million and Powerball’s to $160 million.

Lotto Texas

General Lottery Analysis

December 14th, 2019 was the night of the {4-2} Pattern. With winning numbers 2, 8, 9, 14, 51, and 52, this Pattern has now played 189 times.

Still moving on up, the jackpot is. Source: lotterytrend.com.

There have now been 1716 Lotto Texas drawings and this Pattern has played in 11% of them. We last saw the {4-2} Pattern in the December 7th, 2019 drawing.

Now with 27 appearances, the 4 0 2 Specific Order has played in 14.3% of the 189 drawings where {4-2} was the winning Pattern. Once all 1716 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 1.57% of the time. Prior to Saturday night, the 4 0 2 Specific Order played June 15th, 2019.

Four-Number Combination(s)

The three repeating Four-Number Combinations were

  • 2, 14, 51, 52 (Debuted August 25th, 2010)
  • 2, 9, 51, 52 (Debuted November 9th, 2016)
  • 2, 8, 9, 51 (Debuted June 27th, 2001)
Sticking out in red. Source: lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

General Lottery Analysis

December 14th also saw the 84th appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern, with winning numbers 3, 6, 12, 32, 64, and PB 19.

A Pattern that hasn’t been seen since summer. Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

This Pattern has now played in 19.2% of the 438 Powerball drawings and was last seen August 28th, 2019.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 26 appearances, has played in 31% of the 84 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 5.94% of all 438 drawings. Prior to Saturday night, the [3-1-1-1] General Order played August 17th, 2019.

Now with two appearances, the 3 0 1 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 7.69% of the 26 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.38% of the 84 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 438 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 0.46% of the time. The 3 0 1 0 1 1 Specific Order was first seen in the January 24th, 2018 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Powerball produced two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

A red foundation! Source: lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Will the jackpots for Lotto Texas and Powerball continue their rise through the Christmas season?

(Order) in the Mega Millions Court

Admittedly cheesy title aside, there was a stirring in Mega Millions this past Tuesday. The jackpot soared once more, resting, for now, at $285 million. Pattern-wise, a {2-1-1-1-1} three-peat wasn’t meant to be. In its place was a different Pattern that was accompanied by a Specific Order debut.

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern was the one responsible for blocking the three-peat and has now played 97 times. The winning numbers for December 3rd, 2019 were 23, 43, 60, 63, 69, and MB 19.

Make way for the {3-1-1-1} Pattern! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

Given that there have been 520 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 18.7% of the time and was last seen November 19th, 2019.

The [1-1-3-1] General Order, now with 28 appearances, has played in 28.9% of the 97 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 520 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 5.38% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-1-3-1] General Order played April 2nd, 2019.

The 0 1 0 1 3 1 Specific Order also made its first appearance! With that said, this Specific Order has now played in 3.57% of the 28 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-3-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 1.03% of the 97 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.19% of all 520 drawings.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination was 43, 63, and MB 19.

Near the bottom, but really at the top (appearance-wise). Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

This Combination debuted in the November 30th, 2018 drawing.

What a way to start the month! Hard to believe, but the year (and decade, depending on who you ask) is almost over. Will these last few weeks see a monstrous Mega Millions jackpot take control?

208 Million Little Things

If you’re reading this from the U.S., then you know Thanksgiving is almost here! Whether you’re having a small dinner or a gigantic feast, there’s always something about holiday meals where you must remember so many little things.

There was nothing little about Mega Millions this past Tuesday! No big play was needed to send the jackpot over the $200 million line. Who wouldn’t want $208 million just before the holiday season really kicks off?

General Lottery Analysis

The winning numbers for November 19th, 2019 were 22, 43, 44, 47, 66, and MB 22. This marked the 96th appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern.

Nothing flashy to send the jackpot up. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 516 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played in 18.6% of them and was last seen November 8th, 2019.

The [1-3-1-1] General Order, now with 32 appearances, has played in 33.3% of the 96 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 516 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Pattern has played 6.20% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-3-1-1] General Order played May 21st, 2019.

Now with four appearances, the 0 1 0 3 1 1 Specific Order has played in 12.5% of the 32 drawings where the General Order was [1-3-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.167% of the 96 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.78% of all 516 drawings. Tuesday night’s 0 1 0 3 1 1 Specific Order was reconfigured from the 0 1 0 4 0 1 Specific Order seen in the July 15th, 2016 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Two Combinations decked in red. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will the Mega Millions jackpot stay above the $200 million line, or will it be brought back down Friday night?

Ce N’est Pas Une Playback (This is Not a Playback)

Friday nights were meant for football.  They were also meant for parties, relaxing with a good drink, and big plays for Mega Millions. Except, there weren’t any big plays November 8th, 2019. By that, we mean no Pattern encore, no Australia Play, not even a playback. Sure, Mega Millions came close, but a playback wasn’t mean to be. If by “major play”, you thought we meant, “No one won and the prize got larger”, then you were right on the money (no pun intended)! The jackpot increased to $163 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 3, 4, 10, 39, 58, and MB 14, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern made its 95th appearance.

Playbacks don’t gel with Mega Millions these days. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 18.5% of the 513 Mega Millions drawings.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 37 appearances, has played in 38.9% of the 95 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 513 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.21% of the time.

Both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order were last seen October 25th, 2019.

Now with two appearances, the 3 0 1 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 5.41% of the 37 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.11% of the 95 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.39% of all 513 drawings. The 3 0 1 0 1 1 Specific Order made its first appearance in the October 15th, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Another big development was the repeat appearances of two Three-Number Combinations:

  • 4, 39, MB 14 (Debuted April 3rd, 2018)
  • 10, 39, MB 14 (Debuted May 9th, 2014)
But repeating Three-Number Combinations gel! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Whether a playback is in Mega Millions’ immediate future is something that can’t be foretold. What we should direct our attention to is the jackpot. It’s not far from crazy-large territory. We’ll have to see if it crosses that $200 million threshold, and if it does, how much farther it will go…

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern Lives

Halloween draws ever near

Mega Millions analysis is brewing here

No encore or playback, sorry to say

Not even a bloody Australia Play!

There was, however, another play in store

Friday night saw the jackpot soar.

Would you complain about having $105 million more?

General Lottery Analysis

The winning numbers for the October 25th, 2019 drawing were 16, 24, 25, 52, 60, and MB 6. This marked the 94th appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern.

No encore here! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

Given the 509 Mega Millions drawings so far, this Pattern has played 18.5% of the time.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 36 appearances, has played in 38.3% of the 94 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 7.07% of all 509 drawings.

Prior to Friday night, both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order were last seen in the October 15th, 2019 drawing.

Now with two appearances, the 0 3 0 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 5.56% of the 36 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.13% of the 94 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.39% of all 509 drawings. The 0 3 0 1 1 1 Specific Order made its first appearance in the February 24th, 2015 drawing. This was reconfigured from the 1 2 1 0 1 1 Specific Order seen that night.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination, 16, 52, MB 6, debuted September 30th, 2014.

The last drawing of the month will be this Tuesday

Will the {3-1-1-1} Pattern come back to play?

Mega Millions’ (Almost) Playback Special

We’re halfway through October and you know what means: An almost playback!

Huh? How do you have an almost playback? By having the Pattern and General Order share a date when they last appeared together, of course! At least, that’s what happened in the October 15th, 2019 Mega Millions drawing. The fallout was a jackpot jump to $71 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern made its 93rd appearance with 4, 12, 14, 35, 70, and MB 2.

This is *not* an encore. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 18.4% of the 506 Mega Millions drawings.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 35 appearances, has played in 37.6% of the 93 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 506 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 37.6% of the time.

Prior to Tuesday night, both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order played October 8th, 2019.

A “full playback” didn’t come about for a good reason. Tuesday night saw the debut of the 3 0 1 0 1 1 Specific Order! With that said, this Specific Order has now played in 2.86% of the 35 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. Additionally, it has played in 1.08% of the 93 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.20% of all 506 drawings.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were also three repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 4, 12, 35 (Debuted March 25th, 2016)
  • 12, 14, 70 (Debuted May 23rd, 2014)
  • 12, 14, MB 2 (Debuted December 20th, 2016)
A trio of combos decked in red. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

Last year saw a monster jackpot unleashed around Halloween. Although the odds of it happening again this year are unlikely, will Mega Millions dare to dream big?

Sixty Million Degrees

“It’s sixty million degrees outside!”

This, or something like this, is the rallying whine of summer, soon to be a distant memory (for some of us). Even though the temperatures are set to drop, Mega Millions is operating on a different level. Nothing about a jackpot increase to $60 million says this lottery is ready to cool down!

General Lottery Analysis

October 8th, 2019 saw the 92nd appearance of the {3-1-1-1} Pattern with winning numbers 5, 8, 10, 17, 48, and MB 23.

Not ready to cool down yet! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

This Pattern has played in 18.3% of the 504 Mega Millions drawings.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 34 appearances, has played in 37% of the 92 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 504 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 6.75% of the time.

Both the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order played September 6th, 2019.

Now with three appearances, the 3 1 0 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 8.82% of the 34 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.26% of the 92 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.60% of all 504 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, the 3 1 0 1 0 1 Specific Order played August 24th, 2018.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations:

Double trouble with repeating Three-Number Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will Mega Millions keep it hot Friday night or will it kick off the weekend with a cool down?