Flirting with Playbacks

February is right around the corner and with it comes Valentine’s Day. Regardless of your feelings towards the holiday, it’s a time when lovers and friends send cards and candy. Others try to get their flirt on.

Speaking of flirting, Mega Millions teased the idea of a playback. It was close, but a playback wasn’t meant to be this past Friday night. What we did see was a jackpot that climbed to $141 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 3, 4, 18, 23, 38, and MB 24, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 147th appearance.

Almost doesn’t count for playbacks! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 27.5% of the 535 Mega Millions drawings.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, now with 48 appearances, has played in 32.7% of the 147 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 8.97% of all 535 drawings.  Both the [2-2-1-1] General Order and the {2-2-1-1} Pattern were last seen in the January 10th, 2020 drawing.

Now with five appearances, the 2 2 1 0 0 1 Specific Order has played in 10.4% of the 48 drawings where [2-2-1-1] was the General Order. This Specific Order has also played in 3.40% of the 147 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.93% of all 535 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the 2 2 1 0 0 1 Specific Order played October 29th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was

At the top, decked in red. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will next week see an actual playback from Mega Millions?

Strange and Remarkable 23

On the surface, 23 doesn’t look like a remarkable number. There are 24 hours in a day, not 23. The answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is not 23 (it’s 42), and 23 is so, so…so odd!

Why then is today’s post about 23? That’s the number of times the {3-2-1} Pattern has played in Mega Millions. This Pattern may not play often in this lottery, but when it showed up this past Tuesday, it made an impact. The grand prize went unclaimed yet again and rose to $130 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {3-2-1} Pattern of January 21st, 2020 was thanks to winning numbers 16, 18, 29, 31, 37, and MB 8.

Unlike Lotto Texas, *this* {3-2-1} isn’t common! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have now been 534 Mega Millions drawings and this Pattern has played 4.31% of the time. We last saw the {3-2-1} Pattern October 22nd, 2019.

The [2-3-1] General Order, now with 11 appearances, has played in 47.8% of the 23 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 534 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 2.06% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [2-3-1] General Order played December 21st, 2018.

Now with two appearances, the 0 2 3 0 0 1 Specific Order has played in 18.2% of the 11 drawings where the General Order was [2-3-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 8.70% of the 23 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.37% of all 534 drawings. The 0 2 3 0 0 1 Specific Order made its first appearance in the September 12th, 2014 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

An uncommon Pattern left a couple of repeating Three-Number Combinations in its wake:

The {3-2-1} Pattern couldn’t act alone. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

It’s not likely that the {3-2-1} Pattern will make an encore in Mega Millions. Still, there’s the matter of the growing jackpot. Will Friday night’s results make the jackpot grow again?

The Cleanest Play

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

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

General Lottery Analysis

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

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

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

Three-Number Combination(s)

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

Combination bonus! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

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

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?

Part of a Balanced Lottery Diet

One week ago, Mega Millions found itself in the grip of a lull. That Friday night was your “standard” drawing. No encores or other big plays to speak of, and no repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Oh, what a difference a week makes!

We’re not sure what got into Mega Millions this past Friday night, but it decided to indulge in a diet rich in repeating Three-Number Combinations. This was in addition to a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore. With no one able to match all six numbers, the jackpot rose to $91 million.

General Lottery Analysis

Fresh from this past Tuesday, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 146th appearance! The winning numbers for January 10th, 2020 were 17, 27, 49, 51, 66, and MB 2.

Packed with the nutrients a growing lottery needs! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 27.5% of the 531 Mega Millions drawings.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order, now with 47 appearances, has played in 32.2% of the 146 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 8.85% of all 531 drawings. Prior to Friday night, the [2-2-1-1] General Order played December 13th, 2019.

Now with three appearances, the 0 2 0 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 6.38% of the 47 drawings where the General Order was [2-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.05% of the 146 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.56% of all 531 drawings. We last saw the 0 2 0 2 1 1 Specific Order April 19th, 2019.

Four-Number Combination

Here’s one source of the indulgence: a repeating Four-Number Combination in the form of 27, 49, 66, and MB 2!

The start of something grand. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The Combination you see above made its debut in the May 29th, 2015 drawing. If you recall, the last time we saw a repeating Four-Number Combination in Mega Millions was Christmas Eve 2019. How often do we get to witness two repeating Four-Number Combinations within the span of a few weeks?

Three-Number Combinations

Naturally, this repeating Four-Number Combination spawned four repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 27, 49, 66
  • 27, 49, MB 2
  • 27, 66, MB 2
  • 49, 66, MB 2
Health benefits of repeating Three-Number Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

These Combinations debuted in the May 29th drawing mentioned earlier.

Four repeating Three-Number Combinations would be a good place to stop, but Mega Millions had another idea. Why stop at just four when it could have four more?

Will Mega Million continue to include massive helpings of repeating Three-Number Combinations next week?

The Mega Millions Coverage Plan

It’s a new year, but some things never change. There’s always the need and the desire to earn big bucks. No worries. Mega Millions has you covered.

This past Tuesday was most likely your second or even first day back from the holidays. Already, you’re asking yourself, “Is it the weekend yet?!” No, no it’s not, but no worries. Mega Millions has you covered!

Based on the results of this past Tuesday’s drawing, Mega Millions only needed the weekend to rest up. There was a repeating Three-Number Combination, enough to shake off the lull. No one was able to match all six winning numbers; this sent the jackpot to $80 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The winning numbers for January 7th, 2020 were 25, 40, 41, 52, 56, and MB 21. This marked the 145th appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern.

Something big brewing? Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have been 530 Mega Millions drawings and this Pattern has now played in 27.4% of them.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 51 appearances, has played in 35.2% of the 145 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 530 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.62% of the time.

Both the {2-2-1-1} Pattern and the [1-2-2-1] General Order were last seen December 27th, 2019.

Now with nine appearances, the 0 1 2 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 17.6% of the 51 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 6.21% of the 145 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.70% of all 530 drawings. Prior to Tuesday night, the 0 1 2 2 0 1 Specific Order played October 30th, 2018.

Three-Number Combination

The repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 25, 40, and 56.

The start of something greater. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination made its debut in the January 22nd, 2016 drawing.

Mega Millions took to heart the idea of easing back into a routine. We’ll see if Friday night brings more repeating Three-Number Combinations or a rising jackpot. A {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore wouldn’t be out of the question, either!

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?

The {4-1-1} on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a time of reflection and a time to party. Drinks, movies, games, all these are well and good, but no celebration is complete without fireworks! Mega Millions said “Adios!” to 2019 with a fireworks display of its own by showcasing an uncommonly seen Pattern and an entourage of repeating Three-Number Combinations. As the fireworks show ended, the players were left with a jackpot that climbed to $60 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 30, 44, 49, 53, 56, and MB 11, the {4-1-1} Pattern made its 14th appearance in the December 31st, 2019 drawing.

More to this than just a {4-1-1} Pattern. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have been 528 drawings and this Pattern has played 2.65% of the time.

The [1-4-1] General Order, now with eight appearances, has played in 57.1% of the 14 drawings where {4-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 528 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 1.51% of the time.

Both the {4-1-1} Pattern and the [1-4-1] General Order were last seen in the October 18th, 2019 drawing.

Now with two appearances, the 0 0 1 4 0 1 Specific Order has played in 25% of the eight drawings where the General Order was [1-4-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 14.3% of the 14 drawings where {4-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.38% of all 528 drawings. The 0 0 1 4 0 1 Specific Order made its first appearance September 10th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination

Leading the pack in repeating Three-Number Combinations was 30, 44, and 56. This Combination debuted June 8th, 2018 and was last seen November 12th, 2019.

The Combination Entourage decked in red (leader in blue). Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

As you can see in the picture above, there were three other Combinations:

Will the first Mega Millions drawing of 2020 host another jackpot hike or another showing of the {4-1-1} Pattern?

The Great Hallowthankmas Cool Down: Mega Millions Edition

Another Hallowthankmas season has come and gone. The Christmas decorations are coming down and everyone is getting ready for the new year. That is, unless Christmas Eve was spent bouncing off the walls and partying like no tomorrow.

Take Mega Millions for instance. It had a heyday Christmas Eve, with repeating Combinations of the Four and Three-Number kind. That {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore was the setup for a three-peat, so one would think. This past Friday was, all things considered, much quieter. With no grand prize winners, the jackpot rose to $55 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 17, 34, 40, 63, 64, and MB 24, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern made its 144th appearance.

A different Pattern to end the year. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have been 527 Mega Millions drawings; this Pattern has now played in 27.3% of them. Prior to the December 27th, 2019 drawing, this Pattern was last seen December 13th, 2019.

The [1-2-2-1] General Order, now with 50 appearances, has played in 34.7% of the 144 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 527 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.49% of the time. We last saw the [1-2-2-1] General Order September 3rd, 2019.

Now with seven appearances, the 0 1 2 0 2 1 Specific Order has played in 14% of the 50 drawings where the General Order was [1-2-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.86% of the 144 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.35% of all 527 drawings. The 0 1 2 0 2 1 Specific Order was last seen April 30th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination

There were two repeating Three-Number Combinations this past Friday:

  • 40, 63, 64 (Debuted May 20th, 2014)
  • 17, 63, 64 (Debuted October 6th, 2015)
Far fewer than *seven*! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

A {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streak may be out of the question but a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore may not be! Will Mega Millions end the year with a Pattern encore and a rising jackpot?

Mega Millions’ Combination Stocking Stuffer

Merry Christmas from Lottery Binge!

Mega Millions was certainly in the holiday spirit! Christmas Eve 2019 was one of its busiest nights this year. An encore from the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made the jump to $50 million possible.

General Lottery Analysis

Fresh from this past Friday, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 234th appearance with winning numbers 27, 37, 48, 63, 66, and MB 11.

An encore for Christmas Eve. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

There have been 526 Mega Millions drawings and this Pattern has played in 44.5% of them.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, now with 53 appearances, has played in 22.6% of the 234 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 526 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 10.1% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order played September 27th, 2019.

Now with seven appearances, the 0 1 1 1 2 1 Specific Order has played in 13.2% of the 53 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 2.99% of the 234 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 1.33% of all 526 drawings. The 0 1 1 1 2 1 Specific Order was last seen in the June 14th, 2019 drawing.

Four-Number Combination

Mega Millions thought it was fitting to not only gift the players with a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore, but to offer the gift of a repeating Four-Number Combination! This Combination was 37, 48, 66, and MB 11.

The start of something grand. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

The above Combination made its debut February 1st, 2019.

Three-Number Combination

When you crack open a repeating Four-Number Combination, you’ll find four repeating Three-Number Combinations:

  • 37, 48, 66
  • 37, 48, MB 11
  • 37, 66, MB 11
  • 48, 66, MB 11

The Combinations not in bold made their debut in the February 1st, 2019 drawing. Naturally, 37, 66, and MB 11 were last seen in that same drawing but, this Combination made its debut October 21st, 2014.

Mega Millions didn’t think these were enough, no. There were three more repeating Three-Number Combinations!

A smorgasbord of Combinations. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Now that Mega Millions has gone all out for Christmas, that means it’ll rest on Friday, right? Well, remember that {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern? See, it’s fond of Pattern streaks, and a three-peat isn’t out of the question. Mega Millions may very well be preparing to sign off 2019 with a bang.