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.

What in the World?!

After another very long day on the job, I was unable to provide y’all with the latest lottery news. In the meantime, here’s a special post by the Lottery Trend architect herself, Mary Harris. I want to thank her for writing this up last night. Everything will be “on schedule” tomorrow.

Hi! Mary Semiene Harris, here, filling in for Lotterymeister, Freyja Harris.   I really don’t know the first thing about blogging. I’ve read some blogs, but I don’t know about blogs, per se. So, here goes.  

I assume that if you are reading this, it is because you are looking for information on either Lotto Texas or Powerball or both. And you’ve come to the right place.  Lottery Trend offers a consistent and unique perspective on the draws from Lotto Texas, Powerball, and Mega Millions. Unique in that we provide information that helps the reader get a better handle on selecting winning combinations. 

We Started with the TEXAS Lottery

With very little money in hand, about $5.00 or so, I picked winning Four-Number Combinations A LOT. I started playing in November 1992, and later, got a little lottery club together (four or five people at any given time). Between us we played a total of 18 to 24 combinations, spending anywhere from $18.00 to $24.00, and came very close to winning the jackpot itself, around Christmas (1996?). Again, we picked a winning Four-Number Combination, and we were one-digit off with the remaining two numbers. Texas changed its system from 1-50 to 1-54, and I got involved in other things. I did not play the lottery for at least seven years, but in 2006, for reasons I will not go into, I got dragged back in. I started winning Four-Number Combinations again, and swore when I hit the 30 mark, I would quit counting. I hit my 30th Four-Number Combination win in 2008, and I stopped counting. I’ve won Four-Number Combination sets several times since, but needless to say, I’m ready for that jackpot, but I can’t complain too much since $5.00 is my limit and I don’t play all the time. As of this writing, it has been over two years since I played at all. I’d always said that I needed to put a club together (more money available for playing means increased odds of winning, and no additional financial risk), but I, personally, have not had the time. I’m still working behind the scene on Lottery Trend.

But this is my vision for Lottery Trend: That people who come to the website, would see the value of it, and then they could form their own lottery clubs, and would start winning jackpots, implementing strategies based on information provided by Lottery Trend. But back when we first introduced Lottery Trend, a relative gave me his honest opinion, telling me that he did not want anyone to know about the website. “Aah,” I thought. “That could be a problem.”

I noticed that this blog’s followers are few, but the actual visitors to this blog every month are in the thousands and from around the world. Not many are choosing to follow, but they don’t have to, because the information provided is free and easily accessible. No hurdles or anything to jump over.

Future plans are to expand the websites, providing more specifics, such as (1) providing odd/even statistics associated with each pattern, which will be based on six groups, rather than the present three for Lotto Texas, (2) providing and contrasting theoretical and actual pattern percentages, including general and specific order (i.e., what is running ahead/behind, and by how many drawings), and (3) by way of monthly or quarterly reports, providing an overall lottery synopsis covering said period.

We already possess the above-mentioned capability for all three lotteries but providing this information will depend on whether there is enough interest in subscribing (@ $5.00/month) to Lottery Trend . Stay tuned!

Now for the October 2, 2019 analysis. We’re going to start with the {4-1-1} Pattern

Texas Lottery

October kicked off with the {4-1-1} Pattern playing the numbers 9, 26, 39, 42, 47, and 49, Specific Order 1_1_4.

New month, new Pattern. Source:

Did you know that if this was the pattern you played last night, your odds of winning were about 1 out of 3,000,000, rather than 1 out of 26,000,000 (see what strategy does?)? If you played this specific order, your odds improved to about 1 out of 1,000,000. If you spent $10.00 playing this Specific Order last night, even better – 1 out of 100,000. Now imagine that you were part of a club…

Specific Order 1_1_4 comprises 35% of the winning drawings that make up the {4-1-1} Pattern, and 3.83% of all 1695 Lotto Texas drawings (numbers ranging from 1 through 54). The {4-1-1} Pattern characterizes 10.91% of those same 1695 drawings. Both the Pattern and Specific Order had not seen the light of day since August 28 2019.

There were no repeating Four-Number Combinations.


Although the {3-2-1} Pattern dominates Lotto Texas (this pattern is based on arranging 1 through 54 into three groups, 18 numbers each), this is not so in Powerball. In Powerball, we divide 69 numbers into four groups, 14 numbers each, and a fifth group with the last thirteen numbers of 1 through 69.  We put all 26 Power balls into the sixth and last group. 

The {3-2-1} Pattern in Powerball makes up 5.47% of all Powerball drawings (compared to 52-53% in Lotto Texas) so far (1 through 69, Power Balls 1 through 26). This Pattern and the [3-2-1] General Order, were last seen on June 5, 2019.

Looking at Wednesday’s drawing, the [3-2-1] General Order slightly leads its counterpart, General Order [2-3-1], by 14 to 12, and that is due to the drawing of 4, 8, 10, 43, 53 and Power Ball 7

A quiet start for Powerball. Source:

The [3-2-1] General Order makes up 53.8% of all drawings designated as part of the {3-2-1} Pattern in Powerball, and 2.78% of all 417 Powerball drawings. That said, we hadn’t seen Specific Order 3_0_0_2_0_1 since its debut March 16, 2016. With only two appearance so far, it makes up 14.28% of the [3-2-1] General Order, 7.69% of the {3-2-1} Pattern, and  0.48% of all 417 Powerball drawings.

There we no repeat Three-Number Combinations.

 Freyja had other appointments today, and I volunteered to fill in. It was a pleasure blogging (is it “blogging to you” or “blogging for you”?). Oh, well. Have a nice evening!

Signing Off,

Mary Semiene Harris

Guest Blogger

Once Again–No Combination Repeats, But Two Reigning Patterns Return!

Well, Lottery Trend Fans, this is guest blogger, Romulun Harris, about to give his last post for a while. To begin, the reigning patterns in both Lotto Texas and Powerball made their return. And now the details.


Lotto Texas

Last night on April 1, 2017, the winning numbers for Lotto Texas were 3, 21, 28, 33, 38, and 52.

Lotto Texas’s reigning {3-2-1} Pattern appeared for 745th time and, currently, has played in 51.95% of all 1434 drawings. The Pattern last played on March 22, 2017.

The 1 3 2 Specific Order made its 110th appearance. Currently, it has played in 14.77% of 745 drawings associated with the {3-2-1} Pattern and 7.67% of all 1434 drawings. The 1 3 2 Specific Order last played on the first day of March.

There were no repeats in Four-Number Combinations.



Last night on April 1, 2017, the winning numbers for Powerball were 9, 32, 36, 44, 65, and PB 01.

Powerball’s reigning {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern made its 55th appearance and, currently, has appeared 35.26% of all 156 drawings. The pattern last played on March 29, 2017.

The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order made its 14th appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 25.45% of 55 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern and 8.97% of all 156 drawings. The [1-2-1-1-1] General Order last played on March 8, 2017.

The 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order made its 3rd appearance. Currently, it has appeared in 28.57% of 14 drawings associated with the [1-2-1-1-1] General Order, 7.27% of 55 drawings associated with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, and 1.92% of all 156 drawings. The 1 0 2 1 1 1 Specific Order last played on January 18, 2017.

There were no repeats in Three-Number Combinations.


Yeah, that’s right! No number combination repeats (i.e., at the three-four-level for Powerball and Texas Lottery respectively) in either Lotto Texas or Powerball!


And now, before I leave you all, I would like to thank Freyja Harris for this opportunity to blog to you all for the past two weeks while she was on vacation in Japan. Freyja will be back on Wednesday to fill in on the details while I continue my duties as analyst for Until the time comes again when I have to fill in for Freyja, this is Romulun Harris signing off.

Another Special Post: Lottery Strategy Edition

Over the weekend I had a question about Patterns for the architect of the very system this blog covers. I sent her an email, and she quickly provided feedback:

Dear Lottery Meister:

In answer to your question: The less a pattern plays – say like 20 percent
of the time – I would not look at the fact that it is not playing 80 percent
of the time, and therefore, not play that pattern. I have calculated and
verified the theoretical probabilities and actual probabilities on patterns,
general orders, and specific orders listed on our sites. What you are
reporting real time for,, and, are actual probabilities. The actual pattern probabilities are not that far off
from the theoretical. In general, the less a pattern plays the greater your
odds of winning when it does play – providing you are playing the ” less
played” pattern. But since Lottery Trend breaks the patterns down into
general orders and specific orders, you have the choice of increasing your
odds of winning, i.e., if you pick a specific order and you stick with that
specific order, when that specific order does play, your odds of winning are increased, significantly.

For instance, if you are playing the {3-2-1} pattern in Texas Lotto (and you are only buying one ticket), your odds of winning when {3-2-1} does play is about 1 out of 13 million rather than 1 out of 26 million. If you are
playing the {5-1} pattern, your odds of winning are about 1 out of 900,000, rather than 1 out of 26 million. The strategy is to stay the course and keep playing that same pattern until it turns up. A {5-1} pattern plays on average between 3 and 4 times every 100 drawings. If I know nothing else I would play the {5-1} pattern, seeing that my chances are better when it does come around. I can spend that dollar every draw until {5-1} does play.

It’s like picking a spot to fish, knowing where and how the fish bites.

If you know about specific orders associated with each pattern, you can
increase your odds even more, providing you stick with that specific order.
But the rarity of play for specific order kicks in, and my chance of picking
the right specific order for {5-1} is about two out of three (when the {5-1}
pattern does play -there are six specific orders to choose from and if {5-1}
pops up 4 out of 100 draws, I have a 2 out of 3 chance that the specific
order I’ve chosen will play). If I am playing the right specific order when
{5-1} does play, the odds of winning, playing that one dollar, is 1 out of
154,000, rather than 1 out of 26 million.

The same goes for the {3-2-1} pattern. This pattern plays about 1 out of 2
drawings. Picking a specific order, and staying with that specific order
increases my chance of winning, when that specific order does play. The
{3-2-1} pattern consists of six specific orders. When the specific order
I’ve chosen does play my odds of winning are about 1 out of 2,250,000,
rather than 1 out of 26 million. Because of how often the {3-2-1} pattern
plays it is nearly a given that the specific order you choose will play
several times a year.

And consider this, if I choose to buy more than one ticket, but stay
consistent with the specific order, I improve my odds of winning even more.

The {5-1} pattern plays about 3 to 4 percent. So I calculate that it plays
about 3 to 4 times a year. I would not count it out due to the odds of
winning when it does play.

Whether you play a pattern or not depends on (1) how often that pattern is expected to play, (2) the odds of winning, when that pattern plays, (3) and your patience. When I co-authored Lottery Trend in 1993, I calculated that the {6} pattern (based on five groups and ten numbers in each group) would play once every 150 years. This was when the Texas Lottery was playing 1-50. Now, that’s a pattern that I would not have played. And when the Texas Lottery went from 1-50 (over 600 drawings) to 1-54, the {6} pattern still had not played.

The {6} pattern is different for the 1-54 system (based on three groups, 18
numbers, each). It has played five times in 1378 drawings. I calculated
that it should play 2 out of every 1000 drawings. As of this writing it
plays about 4 out of every 1000 drawings. Based on my calculations it
should trend about once every five years. Based on the way it is actually
playing, it is trending once every three and a half years. The {6) pattern
has three specific orders, and given the expectation of playing once every
three to five years, you could wait as long as fifteen years before the
specific order you choose plays. But it does play, and when a specific
order for this pattern plays and you are “patient” enough, your odds of
winning are 1 out of 19,000 (playing just one dollar). So that’s the

I created this system in 1992 during the advent of the Texas Lottery system, and I am proud to say I have expanded it to include Megamillions and Powerball.

Stay tuned.

Mary Semiene Harris

A Very Special Post

Lately, we here at Lottery Trend have come across websites that are using our information and the creators of said sites are not giving us credit. This is the first of a series of special posts created in order to set the record straight.

Our sites constantly show how often Combinations play. We do this in order for people to see the futility in playing repeating Combinations, particularly Three, Four, and Five-Number Combinations. We were unable to find documentation for Combination counts, particularly for Three, Four, and Five-Number Combinations. This led us to the design and creation of algorithms that allow for a rapid count for these Combos.

The Combination is just one concept. We created the concept of Patterns based on groups back in 1992. We were met with great skepticism, if not outright dismissal.

Now, we don’t mind if you would like to use the information on our sites for your own. However, you must cite your sources; otherwise it’s plagiarism.