The Playback Booster Pack

Roughly 1.5 weeks ago, Mega Millions was dethroned. As you’d expect, there was a bruised ego but most importantly, the jackpot was reset. Over this time period, Mega Millions began the climb back to the top. Gradually, the jackpot grew. Come September 25, 2020, the jackpot took a leap! The six winning numbers weren’t matched, and the prize jumped from $24 million to $32 million. It was thanks to that boost that, for the time being, Mega Millions doesn’t have the smallest prize.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 20, 36, 37, 48, 67 and MB 16, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 265th appearance.

A needed boost! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 605 Mega Millions drawings, and this Pattern has played 43.8% of the time.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, now with 62 appearances, has played in 23.4% of the 265 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 605 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.2% of the time.

Now with 17 appearances, the 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 27.4% of the 62 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.42% of the 265 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.81% of all 605 drawings.

Prior to Friday night, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, and the 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order played September 18, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations

The playback wasn’t the only standout feature Friday night! A duo of repeating Three-Number Combinations made their way through:

A cluster of repeating Three-Number Combos. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The jackpot boost was a much-needed boost to Mega Millions’ self-esteem! The climb back to the top won’t be so arduous. Will the climb continue next week, or is another jackpot reset right around the corner?  

Storing Up for the New Season

It’s hard to believe, but we’re nearing the last quarter of 2020! September 22nd marked the beginning of another season (autumn for us; spring for all y’all down south of the Equator) and what better time to start something new than with the change of seasons? Mega Millions focused on mastering the art of jackpot rebuilding. This past Tuesday night was a success in that regard. With no one matching the six numbers, the prize bumped up to $24 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern made its 113th appearance with winning numbers 36, 43, 44, 55, 68 and MB 12.

Slow and steady! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 18.7% of the 604 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen September 1, 2020.

The [1-3-1-1] General Order, now with 37 appearances, has played in 32.7% of the 113 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 604 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 6.13% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-3-1-1] General Order played August 18, 2020.

Now with five appearances, the 0 0 1 3 1 1 Specific Order has played in 13.5% of the 37 drawings where the General Order was [1-3-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.42% of the 113 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.83% of all 604 drawings. The 0 0 1 3 1 1 Specific Order was last seen February 4, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations

There was no time for repeating Three-Number Combinations. A jackpot needed to be shored up!

Will Friday night mean another jackpot climb, and will the {3-1-1-1} Pattern make an encore?

Mega Millions Rebuilds

So began another cycle of build->win->rebuild! That is:

  • Build – build up the jackpot
  • Win – at least one player picks the six winning numbers
  • Rebuild – starting over; Mega Millions (and Powerball) start at $20 million

After being dealt a blow to the jackpot (and ego), Mega Millions focused on building up again. Fortune favored Mega Millions, for no one picked the six winning numbers. Imagine the uproar, the scandal, of being knocked down twice in a row! A jackpot whose worth jumped to $22 million is as good a start as any.

General Lottery Analysis

The September 18, 2020 drawing saw the 264th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, with winning numbers 26, 29, 41, 52, 64 and MB 22.

Build up with the most commonly seen Pattern! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 43.8% of the 603 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen September 11, 2020.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, now with 61 appearances, has played in 23.1% of the 264 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 603 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.1% of the time. Prior to Friday night, the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order played July 24, 2020.

Now with 16 appearances, the 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order has played in 26.2% of the 61 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.06% of the 264 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.65% of all 603 drawings. The 0 1 2 1 1 1 Specific Order was last seen June 26, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations

There was a trio of Three-Number Combinations:

Clusters of red! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will Mega Millions continue to rebuild Tuesday night, or will it have to start over yet again?

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?

Megamillions Still Got It

Salutations, Lotterytrend fans! This is guest blogger Romulun Harris, filling in for Freyja Harris, and giving you the latest updates in Megamillions. Last night was the 19th anniversary of that unexpected and devastating September 11 attack. But Megamillions brought out its secret weapons of defense in the form of a frequently played pattern and combination repeats.

And although the Labor Day holiday along with kids returning to school may have caused the infamous COVID-19 to once again gain momentum, Megamillions has also gained momentum as it continues to stay above the $100 million border by climbing up to $119 million.  

Megamillions Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its brave 263rd appearance with 3, 15, 42, 48, 56 and MB 13.

{2-1-1-1-1} Pattern still dominates. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

The dominating pattern has now played in 43.76% of all 601 Megamillions drawings and had last appeared on September 8, 2020.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, now in its 59th appearance, has played in 22.43% of the 263 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. With all 601 drawings considered, the General Order has played in 9.82% of the time. Exactly a month before last night, the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order played on August 11, 2020.

In its 16th appearance, the 1 1 1 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 27.12% of the 59 drawings associated with the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order. The Specific Order has also played in 6.08% of the 263 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and in 2.66% of all 601 drawings. Like the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, the 1 1 1 2 0 1 Specific Order was last played on August 11, 2020.

Three-Number Combinations

Repeating Three-Number Combination 3, 15, and 48 first played on May 22, 2015.

Repeating Three-Number Combination 42, 48, and MB 13 first played on February 8, 2019.

Repeating Three-Number Combination 15, 48, and 56 first played on March 6, 2020.

Repeating Three-Number Combination 3, 42, and MB 13 first played on August 14, 2020.

A quartet of Three-Number Combination Repeats. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

Looks like the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made the 601st drawing after all and it will be playing again for many more drawings to come. And as we continue to hope for the pandemic to end, Megamillions hopes to stay in the dominating position with its higher jackpots, but how long will it last? Freyja Harris will return next week to give you the latest updates. This is guest blogger Romulun Harris signing off. Stay safe!

Six Hundred Cheers for Mega Millions

The 600th Mega Millions drawing was held September 8, 2020. Six hundred drawings chock full of encores, Pattern streaks, and jackpots that reached the stratosphere. Here’s to 600 more drawings!

Now that we’ve gotten the obligatory congratulations out of the way, it’s time to catch up with the current king of the lottery hill. Perhaps in the spirit of the day after Labor Day being the traditional first day of school, Mega Millions didn’t go for a bombastic celebration. As it put on classy airs, its jackpot crossed the $100 million threshold. More specifically, it climbed to $108 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 262nd appearance with 7, 10, 15, 31, 57 and MB 21.

A quiet commemoration. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 43.7% of the 600 Mega Millions drawings and was last seen August 21, 2020.

The [2-1-1-1-1] General Order, now with 65 appearances, has played in 24.8% of the 262 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 600 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.8% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order played July 17, 2020.

Now with eight appearances, the 2 1 1 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 12.3% of the 65 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.05% of the 262 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.33% of all 600 drawings. The 2 1 1 0 1 1 Specific Order was last seen December 7, 2018.

Three-Number Combinations

Repeating Three-Number Combination 10, 15 and 57 debuted August 25, 2020.

But not too quiet! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

It’s guaranteed that the next 600 drawings will consist of the wonders of Australia Plays and crazy high jackpots. But we must focus on the immediate future. Will the 601st drawing see an encore for the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern?

A Near Playback at the Edge of $100 Million

Yet another holiday weekend is upon us. Labor Day is traditionally the last holiday of the summer season. Time to squeeze in that last beach party and have that blowout barbeque! Problem is, there’s a pandemic, and being stuck in a large crowd, intentionally or no, is not a bright idea.

Why not try for Mega Millions instead? If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own island, the winnings in that lottery should help you get started! Well sir (or ma’am), if you had tried your hand at this lottery September 4, 2020, you’re just going to have to keep dreaming.

Mega Millions was one step closer to joining the $100 million club. With no grand prize winners, the jackpot rose to $97 million. There were no tricks, nothing special that needed to be done. All it took was playing a rarely seen Pattern.

General Lottery Analysis

The 16th appearance of the {4-1-1} Pattern was made possible by 19, 22, 24, 28, 53 and MB 25.

A visit from a rare Pattern. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 599 Mega Millions drawings, and this Pattern has played 2.67% of the time.

The [4-1-1] General Order, now with eight appearances, has played in 50% of the 16 drawings where {4-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 599 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 1.34% of the time.

Both the {4-1-1} Pattern and the [4-1-1] General Order were last seen June 9, 2020.

Now with two appearances, the 0 4 0 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 25% of the eight drawings where the General Order was [4-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 12.5% of the 16 drawings where {4-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.33% of all 599 drawings. The 0 4 0 1 0 1 Specific Order made its first appearance February 20, 2018.

Three-Number Combinations

No repeating Three-Number Combinations this time around!

Will the Mega Millions jackpot exceed $100 million Tuesday, or will it be knocked off its throne?

Mega Millions’ September Scorcher

When the thermometer still reads in the 90s (Fahrenheit), it’s hard to believe autumn is around the corner! Relief from the heat will (or should; it is 2020 after all) come, for some sooner than others. Autumn lovers will have to hold out for a bit longer.

It got heated in the lottery world as well. Mega Millions retained its position at the top of lottery high society once again. With no one picking the six winning numbers, the prize ascended to $88 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The joint {2-2-1-1} Pattern and [2-2-1-1] General Order three-peat did not come to fruition in the September 1, 2020 drawing. Instead, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern was offered, with winning numbers 15, 25, 26, 38, 47 and MB 22. This Pattern has now played 112 times.

Starting the month with a new Pattern! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 598 Mega Millions drawings, and this Pattern has played in 18.7% of them. The {3-1-1-1} Pattern was last seen August 18, 2020.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order, now with 43 appearances, has played in 38.4% of the 112 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 598 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 7.19% of the time.

Now with seven appearances, the 0 3 1 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 16.3% of the 43 drawings where the General Order was [3-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.25% of the 112 drawings where {3-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.17% of all 598 drawings.

Both the [3-1-1-1] General Order and the 0 3 1 1 0 1 Specific Order were seen together in the July 7, 2020 drawing.

Three-Number Combinations

It was so hot that repeating Three-Number Combinations didn’t bother to show.

Will Mega Millions retain its lofty spot Friday night?

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?

Concerning Patterns and Groups

As I went through my email last night, I came upon this message:

What does the 2 2 1 1, 2 1 2 1 and 4-2 patterns mean? Like what does the number mean? Do you have a blog about that?

Those are good questions and there is a blog post now!

The numbers in Patterns like {4-2} represent how many numbers come from a Group. The {4-2} Pattern is exclusive to Lotto Texas, so let’s start there. Lotto Texas has three Groups:

  • Group 1 is 1 – 18
  • Group 2 is 19 – 36
  • Group 3 is 37 – 54

The {4-2} Pattern is made up of numbers from two Groups. For example, we can have four numbers from Group 1, and two from Group 3. A more in-depth explanation of Lotto Texas Groups and Patterns can be found here and here.

A similar logic applies to Mega Millions and Powerball. Both are made up of six Groups, though it’s broken down a little differently. Mega Millions is like this:

  • Group 1 is 1 – 14
  • Group 2 is 15 – 28
  • Group 3 is 29 – 42
  • Group 4 is 43 – 56
  • Group 5 is 57 – 70
  • Group 6 is MB (Mega Ball) 1- 25

Powerball’s Grouping is like Mega Millions’ until we get to Group 5. In Powerball, Group 5 goes from 57 to 69 and Group 6 is PB (Powerball) 1 to PB 26.

Let’s look at the {2-2-1-1} Pattern. We can, for example, have two numbers from Group 1, two from Group 4, one from Group 5, and one from Group 6 (Mega Ball or Powerball, depending on lottery). Note that with Mega Millions and Powerball, the last group is always Group 6. The main Mega Millions and Powerball sites break it down visually on their Groups and Patterns pages.