A Lucky Night for {4-1-1}

Friday night: The gateway to the weekend. From football to eating out to binge watching, there are activities for everyone! For those of you out there in Internet Land who want to retire early (who doesn’t?!), there’s Mega Millions, ready to greet you with robust jackpots. Why, every now and then, the jackpot is beastly.

Whether a taunt or a blessing in disguise, the prize couldn’t be claimed by anyone. The October 18th, 2019 drawing led to the jackpot rising to $82 million, all thanks to an appearance from the {4-1-1} Pattern.

General Lottery Analysis

As luck would have it, the {4-1-1} Pattern made its 13th appearance with 18, 58, 60, 65, 67, and MB 20.

A showing from an uncommon Pattern = higher jackpot! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 2.56% of the 507 Mega Millions drawings.

The [1-4-1] General Order, now with seven appearances, has played in 53.8% of the 13 drawings where {4-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 507 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 1.38% of the time.

Both the {4-1-1} Pattern and [1-4-1] General Order were last seen in the September 10th, 2019 drawing.

Now with two appearances, the 0 1 0 0 4 1 Specific Order has played in 28.6% of the seven drawings where the General Order was [1-4-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 15.4% of the 13 drawings where {4-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 0.39% of all 507 drawings. The 0 1 0 0 4 1 Specific Order was first seen in the October 6th, 2015 drawing, reconstructed from the 0 1 0 1 3 1 Specific Order.

Three-Number Combination(s)

There were no repeating Three-Number Combinations Friday night.

With an uncommonly seen Pattern making the rounds Friday night, it would truly be something if it comes back for an encore Tuesday night! Encore or no, we’ll have to see if the jackpot will continue to rise, or will it be brought down to size.

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?

Mega Millions’ Friday Night Escape

The thermometer readings went down and Mega Millions followed suit with its own cool down. The October 11th, 2019 drawing is the quietest we’ve seen in a while. It during this period of “solitude” that the grand prize shipped from the players’ grasp. Naturally, the jackpot rose to $65 million.

General Lottery Analysis

With winning numbers 14, 22, 30, 37, 60, and MB 8, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 225th appearance.

Another Pattern + no grand prize winners = bigger pot. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 505 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 44.6% of the time.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 62 appearances, has played in 27.6% of the 225 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 505 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12.3% of the time.

Prior to Friday night, both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order played October 4th, 2019.

Now with 13 appearances, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 21% of the 62 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.78% of the 225 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.57% of all 505 drawings. The 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order was last seen in the October 1st, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

To preserve the theme of cooling off, there were no repeating Three-Number Combinations.

Things may be cooler lottery-wise but that doesn’t mean it’ll stay that way. The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern did play after all, and that Pattern is known for encores. We’ll have to wait and see if that encore comes through Tuesday night or if Mega Millions has other plans.   

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?

The First Week Streak

A Pattern streak was confirmed in Mega Millions! The October 4th, 2019 drawing saw the fourth consecutive appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern. Friday’s streak kept {2-1-1-1-1} the most commonly played Mega Millions Pattern and grew the pot. With no one able to pick all six numbers, the prize increased to $55 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The 224th appearance of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was made possible by 11, 38, 44, 48, 70, and MB 17.

The week of the streak! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 503 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 44.5% of the time.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 61 appearances, has played in 27.2% of the 224 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 503 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12.1% of the time.

Not only was there a four-peat for the Pattern, there was also an encore for the General Order! Prior to Friday night, both the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order played October 1st, 2019.

Now with 16 appearances, the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order has played in 26.2% of the 61 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 7.14% of the 224 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 3.18% of all 503 drawings. The 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order was last seen June 28th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 11, 48, and 70.

Ending the week with a repeater. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted August 2nd, 2019.

Will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern streak hold next week?

The October Slide

It’s that time of year again! The days are getting shorter and (hopefully) cooler, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t so awkward, and the kids (and kids at heart) are making plans for Halloween.

It’s time for Inktober!

Wait a minute! Isn’t this a lottery blog? Well, yeah, but let me do something shameless for a moment. First, some context.

Inktober is when artists from around the world post drawings done in ink on their websites or social media. There’s a prompt (link) but you can draw your own thing. You can draw every day or every other day, whatever’s comfortable for you.  From hobbyists to professionals, anyone can post, all in the name of sharing, improving, and good fun.

I, uh, ahem, drew something for the occasion. The first day’s theme was “Ring”.

If you follow on Twitter, you didn’t see the whole thing.

I’m not a professional by any means, but boy does drawing take a load off! If there’s anything I learned from trying to post to Twitter yesterday, it’s this:

  1. Don’t post a few minutes before midnight
  2. The crop tool is not my friend (draw landscape?)
  3. Instagram would be probably be better. I’ll keep y’all posted on when that becomes available.

Today’s theme is “Mindless” but after a long workday, I’m (mostly) out of mind.

(This concludes the shameless plug. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.)

Mega Millions kicked off the October lottery rush with a Pattern three-peat. The first of the month didn’t bring any grand prize winners. This caused the jackpot to climb to $50 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern three-peat was made possible by 10, 17, 39, 42, 59, and MB 3. This Pattern has now played 223 times.

Not done in ink. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 502 drawings, this Pattern has now played 44.4% of the time. Recall that the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern was last seen September 27th, 2019.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order, now with 60 appearances, has played in 26.9% of the 223 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 502 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 12% of the time. Prior to Tuesday night, the [1-1-2-1-1] General Order played August 13th, 2019.

Now with 12 appearances, the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order has played in 20% of the 60 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-2-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.38% of the 223 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.39% of all 502 drawings. We last saw the 1 1 2 0 1 1 Specific Order January 25, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

Of course, Mega Millions had to bring along a trio of repeating Three-Number Combinations!

An evenly spaced trio. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Will this year’s October Mega Millions harbor a beastly jackpot, or will it take a quieter path?

September Encore Finale: Mega Millions Edition

September has come and gone for Mega Millions. A milestone had been achieved, a massive jackpot had been won, and the month didn’t end with a Pattern streak. But, the night of September 27th, 2019 was anything but a snooze. Even though there was no streak, there was an encore, and that pushed the jackpot to $45 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore was made possible by 12, 20, 31, 43, 45, and MB 20. This Pattern has now played 222 times.

Finishing strong with an encore. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Given that there have been 501 Mega Millions drawings, this Pattern has played 44.3% of the time and was last seen September 24th, 2019.

The [1-1-1-2-1] General Order, now with 52 appearances, has played in 23.4% of the 222 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 501 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played in 10.4% of them. Prior to Friday night, the [1-1-1-2-1] General Order played September 13th, 2019.

Now with 13 appearances, the 1 1 1 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 25% of the 52 drawings where the General Order was [1-1-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 5.86% of the 222 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in 2.59% of all 501 drawings. We last saw the 1 1 1 2 0 1 Specific Order in the August 6th, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

The lone repeating Three-Number Combination, 31, 43, and MB 20, debuted April 10th, 2018.

Topped off with a repeating Three-Number Combination. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Mega Millions will continue to recuperate as we head into October. Right now, a monster jackpot doesn’t seem likely but it’s early yet. We had a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern encore, after all. Who’s to say that we won’t start the month with a three-peat?

500 Things to Do on a Tuesday

September 24th, 2019 was a milestone for Mega Millions. The first drawing of the autumn season was not only the 500th drawing, somebody won! Would you believe that the lone winner of the $227 million jackpot hailed from The Lone Star State? Unintentional wordplay aside, the jackpot reset to $40 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 221st appearance with 6, 14, 24, 42, 46, and MB 9.

This Pattern has played 44.2% of the time and was last seen September 13th, 2019.

The [2-1-1-1-1] General Order, now with 59 appearances, has played in 11.8% of the 500 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. This General Order has also played in 26.7% of all 221 drawings.

Now with 10 appearances, the 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order has played in 16.9% of the 59 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-1-1-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 4.52% of the 221 drawings where {2-1-1-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 500 drawings have been taken into consideration, this Specific Order has played 2% of the time.

Both the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order and the 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order played August 27th, 2019.

Three-Number Combination(s)

 Nothing like commemorating a milestone like three repeating Three-Number Combinations, right?

Bundled together. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

Although the grand prize has been won, that doesn’t necessarily mean a quiet night is in store for Friday! Will the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern make an encore?

The Mega Millions Guide to Raising a Jackpot

Another summer came and went with the September 20th, 2019 Mega Millions drawing. However, this lottery wasn’t ready to embrace autumn! Instead of cheering on the shorter days and (eventual) cooler weather on the horizon, it held strong on the crazy-large jackpot front. What all did Mega Millions do to launch its grand prize towards $227 million?

General Lottery Analysis

Instead of an Australia Play encore, Mega Millions decided that having the {2-2-1-1} Pattern play for the 139th time was in order. The winning numbers were 23, 24, 42, 48, 53, and MB 22.

An encore was *not* in the cards! Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 27.9% of the 499 drawings and was last seen September 3rd, 2019.

The [2-1-2-1] General Order, now with 46 appearances, has played in 33.1% of the 139 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern. Once all 499 drawings have been taken into consideration, this General Order has played 9.22% of the time. Prior to Friday night, the [2-1-2-1] General Order played May 31st, 2019.

Now with five appearances, the 0 2 1 2 0 1 Specific Order has played in 10.9% of the 46 drawings where the General Order was [2-1-2-1]. This Specific Order has also played in 3.60% of the 139 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern and in roughly 1% of all 499 drawings. The 0 2 1 2 0 1 Specific Order was last seen October 27th, 2017.

Three-Number Combination(s)

 The repeating Three-Number Combination of the evening was 24, 42, and 48.

Almost split down the middle. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Combination debuted in the February 8th, 2019 drawing.

Three things to keep in mind as September begins to wind down:

  1. There’s a jackpot close to being worth a quarter of a billion dollars
  2. There are two drawings left for the month
  3. The {2-2-1-1} Pattern is the second-most common Pattern for a reason.

Will Mega Millions stay on board the crazy-high jackpot train, and with a {2-2-1-1} Pattern encore?

Hopping Beyond $200 Million

Mega Millions crossed the $200 million threshold, and it took nearly two months to do it! Thanks to a little help from an Australia Play, Mega Millions got a hop in its step and leaped to $211 million.

General Lottery Analysis

The September 17th, 2019 edition of the Australia Play was brought to you by 12, 15, 30, 50, 65, and MB 1.

Hopping into crazy-jackpot territory. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com

That means 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 now played 16 times. Given that there have been 498 Mega Millions drawings so far, an Australia Play has been present for 3.21% of them. We last saw one of these in the August 23rd, 2019 drawing.

Three-Number Combination(s)

 What’s an Australia Play without three repeating Three-Number Combinations? Even more amazing is when the made their debuts!

The February Gang. Source: lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

We’re halfway through September and Mega Millions has entered crazy-rich territory. Will the jackpot continue to rise through the rest of the month?