So It Goes 2-2-1-1

Patterns are a wonderful thing; they always turn up when you least expect them. In fact, the most recently played Pattern decided to show up just two weeks after it last played.

The winning numbers from the June 21 2016 Mega Millions drawing are 6, 13, 21, 49, 50, and MB10.

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Prior to the June 21st drawing, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played on June 7, 2016. As of last night, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played 89 times out of 279. This puts it at 31.9%, and is a commonly seen Mega Millions Pattern.

The General Order was a [2-1-2-1] and it made a previous appearance on April 12, 2016. The [2-1-2-1] General Order has now played 32 times out of the 89, or 36% of the time the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared. If we were to take this General Order in relation to all 279 drawings, then this has played 32 times out of 279, or 11.5%.

We saw a 2 1 0 2 0 1 Specific Order, which prior to June 21st last appeared December 1, 2015. Talk about an early Christmas gift!

Will the {2-2-1-1} Pattern stick around for Friday, or will it go away and not show up for yet another two weeks?

Lotto Texas {4-1-1} Encore and Powerball’s Australia Play

As we’ve said before, everything repeats given enough time, and repetition is truly a lottery’s best friend. For Lotto Texas, it took two weeks for a Pattern and a Specific Order to make an encore appearance. Not only that, it saw the appearance of another Four-Number Combination. Even Powerball saw something interesting in the Pattern that played. We’ll get to that a bit later.

Lotto Texas

The winning numbers for Saturday, June 18th 2016 were 2, 19, 25, 28, 30, and 51.

Winning numbers from
Winning numbers from

These numbers played in a {4-1-1} Pattern which, as we hinted at in the introduction, played just two weeks ago on June 4th, 2016. The {4-1-1} Pattern has now played 151 times out of 1352 drawings, putting it at 11.17%. This Pattern gave us the 1 4 1 Specific Order, which also played on June 4th, 2016. Of the 151 times the {4-1-1-} Pattern has played, the 1 4 1 Specific Order has now played 54 times, or 35.76%. To date, this is the most commonly played Specific Order for the {4-1-1} Pattern.

For those of you keeping an eye out for Four-Number Combos, we saw one play last night in the form of 2, 19, 28, and 51, as seen in the red box below.

Four-Number Combo info taken from

Prior to the June 18th 2016 drawing, this Four-Number Combo last played July 20th 2011. This was the year that social media really took off. Hard to believe that it was just a near five years ago, isn’t it?


Powerball saw an “Australia Play”. That is to say, we saw the winning Pattern and the winning Specific Order be the same, much like Australia is a country and a continent. We saw one of these in the June 11th, 2016 Lotto Texas drawing.

The winning numbers for Powerball were 2, 23, 41, 53, 63, and PB11.

Winning numbers taken from

These numbers were in a {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern, which has now played in 7 out of 74 drawings, or 9.46%. As such, the only General Order allowed is [1-1-1-1-1-1] and the only Specific Order allowed is 1 1 1 1 1 1.

Prior to the June 18th drawing, this Australia Play was last seen on April 20th, 2016.

Will we see more Four-Number Combos in Lotto Texas or will the rarely seen Five-Number Combo make a debut? Will Powerball go back to what it knows and play a more commonly seen winning Pattern?

Same Script, New Cast, a.k.a. {3-1-1-1} Got It Goin’ ON!

If the title of today’s MegaMillions post isn’t a clue, then let’s just say that the Pattern and the General Order decided to make an encore. But (there’s always a but), the Specific Order is different. We’ll talk about that some more a bit later.

The winning MegaMillions numbers for Friday, June 17th, were 20, 23, 30, 44, 59, and MB9.

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Winning numbers from

These played in a {3-1-1-1} Pattern; in fact, this particular Pattern just played this past Tuesday (link). So far, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 46 of the 278 drawings to date, putting it at 16.5%. The [3-1-1-1] General Order also played this past Tuesday. Thanks to this little encore, the [3-1-1-1] General Order has now played 15 times out of the 46 times the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played. That puts this particular General Order at approximately 32.61%.

Last night saw the appearance of a different Specific Order in the form of 0 3 1 1 0 1. Of course, it’s only played once out of the 15 times the [3-1-1-1] General Order has appeared, so its percentage isn’t going to be all that high (6.67%).

Will we see a three-peat with the {3-1-1-1} Pattern and the [3-1-1-1] General Order, or will it broken? Will the {3-1-1-1} Pattern be the sole “three-peater”  or will it be broken?

{3-2-1} and {2-2-1-1} Are Back for an Encore

Compared to last week’s sensational finale (see June 12th post), the results of Lotto Texas and Powerball may seem tame. No Four-Number Combos or throwbacks to speak of for Lotto Texas, for one. Truth is, a Lotto Texas Pattern and a Specific Order made an encore, as did the Powerball Pattern.

Lotto Texas

The winning numbers from June 15th Lotto Texas drawing were 5, 16, 23, 24, 35, and 52.

From our Lotto Texas site
From our Lotto Texas site

The {3-2-1} Pattern, as we’ve mentioned before, is the most commonly played Pattern to date. As of yesterday’s drawing, it has played 705 times out of 1351 drawings, or 52.18% of the time. In fact, this Pattern played exactly one week prior to last night’s drawing, that is, June 8th, 2016 (see here). Given the {3-2-1} Pattern, we saw a Specific Order of 2 3 1, which has now played 116 times out of the 705 drawings in which the {3-2-1} Pattern has occurred. This Specific Order also appeared on June 8, 2016.


Powerball’s winning numbers were 4, 22, 24, 31, 33, and PB10.

Winning PowerBall numbers from our site
Winning PowerBall numbers from our site

These numbers played in a {2-2-1-1} Pattern, and this particular Pattern has now played 24 out of 73 times, or 32.9%. This commonly played Pattern (to date) played last Saturday (see June 12th post).

Last night saw the appearance of the [1-2-2-1] General Order, which now puts it at 8 times out of 29 drawings the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played, or 27.6%. This General Order was last seen on May 28, 2016.

Given the [1-2-2-1] General Order, the Specific Order 1 2 2 0 0 1 has played twice out of the eight times (25%) the [1-2-2-1] General Order has appeared. The last time 1 2 2 0 0 1 played was February 17, 2016.

Will Lotto Texas see a lull in the appearance of noteworthy Four-Number Combinations or is this the quiet before the storm? Will Powerball start to see a rarely played Pattern, or will {2-2-1-1} play for a third time?

{3-1-1-1} Is Back for More

So, after having left for twelve days, a dear friend has returned. The winning numbers for the June 14th  Mega Millions drawing were as follows: 36, 37, 38, 52, 62, MB6.

Winning numbers from
Winning numbers from

Good ol’ {3-1-1-1} played, and this Pattern was last seen June 3rd . With that said, the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played 45 out of 277 times to date, putting it at roughly 16.25%.

Before we move on to the General Order and Specific Order that played, let’s talk a bit more about what exactly a General Order and a Specific Order are. The General Order represents how many numbers are chosen from a Group in that order. For example, let’s say you have a [4-1-1] General Order. The first four numbers will come from a single Group. This single Group can be any Group but the last Group (Group 6). The fifth number will be from another Group that follows after the first Group chosen. For example, let’s say you chose the first four numbers from Group 3; the fifth number can come from either Group 4 or Group 5. For MegaMillions, Group 6 will always be reserved for the Mega Ball, and for Powerball, that Group is reserved for the Powerball.

The Specific Order is like the General Order, except you’ll have zeroes. These zeroes represent groups that you are not choosing from. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with General and Specific Orders. Remember that General Order does not apply to Lotto Texas.

  • All Specific Orders follow a General Order
  • Not all General Orders have the same number of Specific Orders. For example, a [5-1] General Order has five Specific Orders, but a [1-4-1] General Order has twice as many (10) Specific Orders.

Our sites go into more detail regarding General and Specific Orders.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

The General Order that played was a [3-1-1-1]. Check out this post or this post to see which General Orders are allowed for a {3-1-1-1} Pattern. This General Order has appeared 14 times out of the 277 drawings, or 5.05%, and last played on May 20th, 2016. Given those 14 times, the Specific Order 0 0 3 1 1 1 played twice, or 14.3%. This Specific Order last played on April 8, 2014.

Now about our dear friend {3-1-1-1}. Will he stay for the week, or will he leave on Friday?

Lotto Texas Throwback and Powerball’s Most Common Pattern

Some very interesting plays took place Saturday night with Lotto Texas and Powerball. In fact, Lotto Texas saw some of the biggest draws of the night! A very special Pattern played and the Four-Number Combination was a trip in the Wayback Machine, demonstrating even more the power of repetition.

Lotto Texas

The winning numbers for June 11, 2016 were 5, 10, 25, 36, 39, and 41.

From our Texas lotto site:
From our Texas lotto site:

These numbers played in a {2-2-2} Pattern, and this has now appeared 188 times in 1350 drawings, or 13.9%. Now, this Pattern isn’t like all the other Patterns we’ve discussed for Lotto Texas so far. In fact, this Pattern is much like Australia.

Land of sunburns, vegemite, and angry kangaroos. Taken from

Why are we discussing Australia on a lottery blog you wonder? If you remember your fourth grade geography class, you learned that Australia is the only country that is also a continent. The {2-2-2} Pattern is also a Specific Order! Logically then, whenever a {2-2-2} Pattern appears, the 2 2 2 Specific Order will always play. This Pattern played a few weeks ago on May 14, 2016. Due to the nature of the {2-2-2} Pattern, it shall henceforth also be known as an Australia Play.

This particular {2-2-2} Pattern brought yet another surprise. The last four winning numbers 25, 36, 39, and 41 make up a Four-Number Combination and this Combination was last played September 2, 2000. We’re talking pre-social media, pre-iPhone days when a landline was still needed to connect to the Internet. This Four-Number Combination is in the red box below.

This Four-Number Combo goes all the way back. From
This Four-Number Combo goes all the way back. From


Powerball may not have had the same 1-2-3 punch as Lotto Texas last night, but there were still some noteworthy observations. The winning numbers were 20, 27, 36, 41, 58 and PB 7.

Taken from our Powerball site:
Taken from our Powerball site:

The winning Pattern was a {2-2-1-1} and it last played just two weeks ago on May 28, 2016. As of today, this Pattern has played 23 times out of 72 drawings to date, or 31.9%. This is a commonly played Pattern.

NOTE: The most common Pattern for Powerball to date is in fact {2-1-1-1-1}. When that Pattern plays again, we’ll also provide the previous date in which it played.

The following General Orders are possible with a {2-2-1-1} Pattern:




The General Order that appeared was [2-2-1-1], which in fact is the most commonly seen General Order for this particular Pattern. Of the 23 times the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played, the [2-2-1-1] General Order last played March 23, 2016. If we take all of the times the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played, this General Order has appeared only 13.9% of the time. The 0 2 2 0 1 1 Specific Order played, bringing it to a total of 2 out of 10 times, or 20% of the time this particular General Order has played.

Will we see another Australia Play in Lotto Texas next week? Will a Four-Number Combo that hasn’t been played in years start to make an appearance in Powerball and Mega Millions, or will Lotto Texas have all the fun?

Mega Millions Has the 4-1-1

For the past three Mega Millions drawings, we’ve seen one Pattern repeat twice in a row, and another Pattern break the mini-streak. Did the {2-2-1-1} Pattern from Tuesday’s drawing start its own mini-streak? No. No it did not. The winning numbers from the June 10, 2016 drawing were 34, 61, 66, 67, 68 and MB 7:


These numbers played in a {4-1-1} Pattern, which has played 9 times out 276. Statistics-wise, this puts it as having played a paltry 3.26% of the time. Only one other Mega Millions pattern has played so few times. Have you ever seen 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, MB 6 ever play? We didn’t think so!

Now then. This rarely played Pattern can have either one of the following General Orders:



Out of the 9 times that the {4-1-1} Pattern has played, the [1-4-1] Pattern has played 4 times. Given these 9 times, that’s approximately 44%. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Thing is, there are only two General Orders associated with {4-1-1}. Also, if we were to take all 276 Mega Millions drawings into account, the [1-4-1] General Order has played 4 out of 276 times, or an anemic 1.45%.

Of the four times the [1-4-1] General Order has played, the Specific Order 0 0 1 0 4 1 has played in half of them.

Will the next Mega Millions drawing see a more commonly played Pattern? Will the {4-1-1} Pattern cause an upset and start its own winning streak?

Mambo with Four-Number Combos and 2-1-1-1-1

For the past couple of blog posts, we mentioned how everything repeats given enough time. Well, we’re here to tell you that no Patterns or Orders carried over from last week for either the Texas Lotto or Powerball. The repeats came from the appearance of two Four-Number Combinations in Wednesday’s Lotto Texas drawing. Additionally, we saw the appearance of different Patterns and Orders for both Lotto Texas and Powerball.

Lotto Texas

The winning numbers for June 8th, 2016 were as follows: 2, 13, 22, 35, 36, and 39.


The winning Pattern was a {3-2-1}, which is actually the most commonly played Pattern by a mile, or kilometer for our non-American readers out there. This has played 704 times out of 1349 so far, which means it has played approximately 52.19% of the time. The Specific Order was a 2 3 1, which has only played 115 times out 1349, or 8.52%. Remember that with Lotto Texas, there are no General Orders like Powerball or Mega Millions, just Specific Orders.

As we hinted at earlier, there were two Four-Number Combinations that played. The Four-Number Combination of 13, 35, 36, 39 last played nearly ten years ago on July 5th, 2006.


The other Four-Number Combination of 2, 22, 35, 36 actually played a few months back on October 17th, 2015.


Although a Pattern can appear again in successive drawings, a Four-Number Combination may not play again for months, or even years.


Powerball’s winning numbers were 12, 25, 37, 60, 69, and PB 20.


This was a {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, which, as it turns out, is the most commonly played Pattern for Powerball so far. As of Wednesday, this has played 29 times out of 71, or 40.85%. Given the {2-1-1-1} Pattern, the following General Orders are possible:





The General Order [1-1-1-2-1] played, bringing it to a total of 12 times out of 71, or 16.9%. To date, this has been the most commonly played General Order for this Pattern. The Specific Order 1 1 1 0 2 1 has played 3 times out of 12, putting it at a solid 25%.

As we await the results of Saturday’s drawings, we just gotta wonder. Will we see a Four-Number Combo make an appearance in Lotto Texas after a long absence? Will Powerball be like its sister Mega Millions and see a Pattern repeat, or will an entirely new one play?

New Trend on the Block

Third time is not the charm. For the past two Mega Millions drawings, the winning Pattern was a {3-1-1-1}. Instead, Tuesday night saw the appearance of a {2-2-1-1} Pattern. The winning numbers for June 7th are as follows: 25, 48, 51, 65, 72, and a Mega Ball of 4.


This particular pattern has played 88 times out of 275 drawings to date. Statistically speaking, it has played 32% of the time. In fact, it’s the second-most common pattern to date. The most common pattern? We’ll tell you on a future date.

Since we have a new pattern, it’s time to go over General Orders. Given that we have a {2-2-1-1} Pattern, you can have any of the following General Orders:




Our winning numbers played in the [1-2-2-1] General Order. Given that there have been 275 drawings to date, this General Order has played 22 times, giving a stat so far of 8%. To date, it’s the least commonly drawn General Order for this particular Pattern. Yet, it looks nice and even, doesn’t it?

And now it’s time to break it down further. This particular General Order saw the following Specific Order:

0 1 0 2 2 1

Out of the 22 times this General Order has played, this Specific Order has played…twice. Yes, twice. There are, in fact, Specific Orders that haven’t played at all so far. But, as we said in the June 4th post, everything repeats, given enough time. This Specific Order/General Order will play again. This General Order will play again. When it plays again, will it have the same Specific Order, or will a brand new one play?

Saturday Night Repeats (June 4, 2016)

We’ve all heard at one time or another that given enough time, everything repeats. Of course, Patterns (that’s why they’re called Patterns) and Combinations are no strangers to this phenomenon. Saturday’s drawings were a prime example of repetition, doubly so for the Texas Lotto, and you’ll see why shortly.

Texas Lotto

The winning numbers for Texas Lotto are taken from our Lottery Trend website:


The numbers above played in a {4-1-1-1} Pattern, which was also observed in the June 1st drawing. That puts it as having played 150 times out of 1348 drawings, or roughly 11.13% to date. Recall the Specific Orders that are possible with a {4-1-1-1} Pattern:

1 1 4

1 4 1

4 1 1

Saturday’s Specific Order for Texas Lotto was a 1 4 1 instead of a 4 1 1 we saw on Wednesday. The Texas Lotto drawing this Saturday also saw the second appearance of the Four-Number Combination. Here’s a snippet from our site; the Four-Number Combination that played last night is inside the red box. Note the complementary Two-Number Combination as well.


This particular Four-Number Combination played once before on March 22nd, 2014! Here’s proof in this case that everything repeats, given enough time! Will it show up again in another two years’ time? Will it be sooner or later?


Earlier in the post, we hinted that the Powerball drawing also a saw a repeat. The winning numbers are as follows, and they were taken from our Powerball site:


This was a {3-1-1-1} Pattern, and it has played 10 times out of 70 drawings to date, putting it at roughly 14.29%. Again, here are the General Orders that are possible for a {3-1-1-1} Pattern:




Given the General Orders that are allowed for a {3-1-1-1} pattern, the General Order was a [3-1-1-1]. While the Pattern saw a repeat, the General Order did not! Nor did we see a repeat for the Specific Order. On Wednesday, we saw a 0 1 3 0 1 1 Specific Order, whereas this time around it was 0 3 0 1 1 1.