A Fireball to Welcome Winter

(Note: Replace “Winter” with “Summer” if you’re reading from the Southern Hemisphere)

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re in the home stretch. It’s the last week before Christmas and things started warming up in Mega Millions. In fact, the December 20th, 2016 drawing was fiery compared to Friday’s drawing. So grab your wassail and pull up a chair as we go into the belly of the Mega Millions beast.

Tuesday’s drawing presented the {3-1-1-1} Pattern to us. Now with 53 appearances, this Pattern isn’t commonly seen. The 53rd appearance was made possible by winning numbers 1, 12, 14, 48, 65, and MB 2.

Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern has now played in 16.0% of the 331 Mega Millions drawings. We last saw this Pattern in the November 29th, 2016 drawing.

The [3-1-1-1] General Order made its 18th appearance, its first since the October 4th, 2016 drawing. As of Tuesday, this General Order has played in approximately 34% of the 53 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern appeared, and in 5.44% of all drawings.

We now come to the 3 0 0 1 1 1 Specific Order, making its third appearance. This Specific Order has played in 16.667% of the 18 drawings where the [3-1-1-1] General Order has appeared, 5.66% of the 53 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and in 0.91% of all drawings. The 3 0 0 1 1 1 Specific Order previously played in the February 20th, 2015 drawing.

Last, but not least, we saw a repeating Three-Number Combination. The lucky numbers were 14, 48, and MB 2.

Snippet of Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combination is in the red box.
Snippet of Three-Number Combinations from lotterytrend-megamillions.com. The repeating Combination is in the red box.

This Three-Number Combination made its debut in the April 26th, 2016 drawing.

With one more Mega Millions drawing left before Christmas, what will Mega Millions gift us with?

 

Break? What Break?

With a good chunk of the Northern Hemisphere in the grip of some powerfully cold air, it doesn’t look like much of a warm-up is coming anytime soon. Of course, Lotto Texas and Powerball didn’t get that message. While Mega Millions gave us a quiet start to the weekend on Friday, Saturday night’s lotteries had some noteworthy developments.

Lotto Texas

One of these developments in the December 17th, 2016 Lotto Texas drawing was the appearance of the {5-1} Pattern. This rarely-seen Pattern was thanks to 16, 42, 44, 45, 49, 51.

Winning Texas Lotto numbers from lotterytrend.com.
Winning Texas Lotto numbers from lotterytrend.com.

Having now made 49 appearances, the {5-1} Pattern has played in 3.49% of the 1404 drawings to date. We last saw this Pattern in the September 28th, 2016 drawing.

The 1 0 5 Specific Order made its ninth appearance, its first since the September 30th, 2015 drawing. This Specific Order has played in 18.4% of the 49 drawings where the {5-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 0.64% of all Lotto Texas drawings.

Our Lotto Texas coverage ends with a repeat appearance of the Four-Number Combination 16, 42, 44, and 51.

Snippet of Four-Number Combinations. The repeating Combination is in the red box.
Snippet of Four-Number Combinations. The repeating Combination is in the red box.

This Combination made its debut in the September 24th, 2014 drawing.

Powerball

Powerball narrowly averted the (in)famous Pattern Tango between the {2-2-1-1} and {2-1-1-1-1} Patterns. We saw the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern make its 43rd appearance, allowing it to break the tie and hold on to its title as Most Commonly Played Pattern. The winning numbers for this occasion were 1, 8, 16, 40, 48, and PB 10.

Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.

With 43 appearance, the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 34.1% of the 126 Powerball drawings. This Pattern previously played just before (US) Thanksgiving: November 23rd, 2016.

Next, the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order made its seventh appearance, its first since the August 31st, 2016 drawing. This General Order has played in 16.3% of the 43 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern played and in 5.56% of all Powerball drawings.

Finally, the 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order appeared for the second time. As of Saturday’s drawing, this Specific Order has played in 28.6% of the seven drawings where the [2-1-1-1-1] General Order has appeared, 4.65% of the 43 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern played, and in 1.59% of all drawings. The 2 1 1 1 0 1 Specific Order made its debut earlier this year in the January 30th, 2016 drawing.

With one more week until Christmas, and two weeks left in 2016, what does the rest of the year have in store? Will Lotto Texas and Powerball end the year with a bang, or will they be mellow?

Mid-Month Breather

Christmas is fast approaching. Kids have been let out for the holiday, or soon will be, and Christmas shopping madness will be ratcheting up. Perhaps it was a good thing that Mega Millions decided to gift us with a breather.

The December 16th drawing was the 22nd appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern. This not oft-seen Pattern was thanks to winning numbers 1, 8, 15, 36, 43, and MB 6.

Winning Mega MIllions numbers from lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega MIllions numbers from lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The {3-2-1} Pattern has now played in 6.67% of the 330 Mega Millions drawings to date. Prior to Friday’s drawing, we last saw this Pattern on November 18th, 2016.

The [3-2-1] General Order made its 10th appearance, its first since the November 8th, 2016 drawing. As of Friday’s drawing, this General Order has appeared in approximately 45.5% of the 22 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern played, and in 3.03% of all drawings.

The highlight of this otherwise quiet evening was the debut of the 3 0 2 0 0 1 Specific Order. With that said, this Specific Order has now appeared in 10% of the 10 drawings where the [3-2-1] General Order has played, 4.55% of the 22 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern has played, and 0.30% of all drawings.

As we look ahead to the last week of Christmas shopping, will Mega Millions gift us with more rarely-seen plays? Will another Specific Order make its debut?

A Night of Polar Opposites

The December 14th, 2016 Lotto Texas and Powerball drawings couldn’t be any more different. Lotto Texas saw a Pattern that has played a respectable amount of times. Meanwhile, Powerball saw a Pattern that plays quite often, and has been known to go back-and-forth with another Pattern in terms of the most number of times played.

Lotto Texas

Wednesday’s Lotto Texas drawing gave us the {4-2} Pattern, brought about by winning numbers 29, 35, 38, 39, 49, and 53.

Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

Now with 154 appearances, the {4-2} Pattern has now played in approximately 11% of the 1403 Lotto Texas drawings. Prior to Wednesday, we last saw this Pattern a couple of months ago; October 8th, to be precise.

Our Lotto Texas coverage concludes with the 28th appearance of the 0 2 4 Specific Order. This Specific Order has now played in 18.2% of the 154 drawings where the {4-2} Pattern was the winning Pattern and in 2% of all Lotto Texas drawings. The 0 2 4 Specific Order previously played in the May 25th, 2016 drawing.

Powerball

Once again, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has tied with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern when it comes to the number of times played. The 42nd appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern is thanks to winning numbers 18, 26, 37, 39, 66, and PB 15.

Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern has now played in 33.6% of the 125 Powerball drawings. We last saw this Pattern about a couple of weeks ago in the December 3rd drawing.

The [2-2-1-1] General Order made its 16th appearance, and it too was last seen in the December 3rd drawing. This General Order has now appeared in 38.1% of the 42 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 1.28% of all Powerball drawings.

Finally, we come to the 0 2 2 0 1 1 Specific Order, which has now played three times. As of Wednesday’s drawing, this Specific Order has played in 18.75% of the 16 drawings where [2-2-1-1] was the General Order of the evening, 7.14% of the 42 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played, and 1.28% of all drawings. To see when the 0 2 2 0 1 1 Specific Order previously played, we need to go back to the June 11th, 2016 drawing.

With the last (sane) weekend of Christmas shopping coming up, what gifts will Lotto Texas and Powerball leave for us on Saturday?

Night of the (Almost) Rhyme

The number of days until Christmas continues to wind down and Mega Millions added a little more fuel to the fire. Although the December 13th drawing wasn’t as explosive, it still stirred things up a bit.

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern made an encore Tuesday night. Its 102nd appearance was made possible by winning numbers 2, 15, 26, 34, 41, and MB 14.

Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

This Pattern has now played in 31% of the 329 Mega Millions drawings to date. Since this is an encore and all, we saw the {2-2-1-1} Pattern previously play in this past Friday’s drawing (December 9th).

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 36th appearance and it too played previously in the December 9th drawing. This General Order has now played in 35.3% of the 102 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern, and in 10.9% of all drawings.

Finally, we come to the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order, making its third appearance. As of Tuesday, this Specific Order has played in approximately 8.33% of the 36 drawings where the [2-1-2-1] General Order has appeared, 2.94% of the 102 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 0.91% of all Mega Millions drawings. Prior to Tuesday’s drawing, we last saw the 2 1 2 0 0 1 Specific Order on November 14th, 2014.

As we look ahead to the last Friday of sane Christmas shopping (the 23rd will be a nightmare), will the {2-2-1-1} go for a three-peat? Will someone get a huge Christmas bonus?

And the Gifting Continues

What a week! Wednesday’s drawing had an Australia Play and repeating Three-Number Combinations in Lotto Texas and Powerball, respectively. The gift explosion continued Saturday in more ways than one.

Lotto Texas

The December 10th drawing was the 731st appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern. The occasion was marked by winning numbers 1, 9, 14, 26, 37, and 46.

Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

As of Saturday, this Pattern has appeared in 52.1% of the 1402 Lotto Texas drawings to date. We previously saw the {3-2-1} Pattern last weekend in the December 3rd drawing.

The 3 1 2 Specific Order made its 130th appearance, its first since the October 5th, 2016 drawing. This Specific Order has played in 17.8% of the 731 drawings where {3-2-1} was the winning Pattern, and in 9.27% of all drawings.

Our Lotto Texas coverage ends with two repeating Four-Number Combinations:

  • 1, 9, 37, and 46, which debuted on July 4th, 2012 and
  • 1, 14, 26, and 46, which debuted November 4th, 2015
Repeating Four-Number Combinations are highlighted in the red boxes. Snippet from lotterytrend.com.
Repeating Four-Number Combinations are highlighted in the red boxes. Snippet from lotterytrend.com.

Powerball

Remember in our coverage of Wednesday’s drawings that Lotto Texas saw an Australia Play? Powerball got in on the action with the appearance of the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern. The winning numbers were 12, 21, 32, 44, 66, and PB 15.

Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.

With 13 appearances, the {1-1-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played in 10.5% of 124 Powerball drawings to date. As is the nature of the Australia Play, these statistics also apply to the [1-1-1-1-1-1] General Order and the 1 1 1 1 1 1 Specific Order. Powerball last saw an Australia Play in the November 2nd, 2016 drawing.

As parents (and teachers) brace for the upcoming Christmas break, will we see an unprecedented Australia Play streak? Will either Lotto Texas or Powerball see a similar spread?

Spreadin’ That Christmas Spirit

December 9th was an explosive start to the weekend. The Mega Millions drawing of the evening saw a development that heated things up. How hot did it get?

For those of you who were expecting an encore of the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern, we’re sorry to disappoint you. Instead, we saw the {2-2-1-1} Pattern play for the 101st time. The winning numbers were 19, 27, 47, 67, 68 and MB 1.

Winning Mega Millions numbers from lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega Millions numbers from lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

As of Friday, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played in 30.8% of the 328 Mega Millions drawings. We recently saw this Pattern last weekend in the December 2nd drawing. It’ll be a while yet before {2-2-1-1} challenges the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern for Most Commonly Played Pattern!

The [2-1-2-1] General Order made its 35th appearance, its first since the September 2nd, 2016 drawing. With that said, the [2-1-2-1] General Order has now played in 34.7% of the 101 drawings where {2-2-1-1} was the winning Pattern, and in 10.7% of all drawings.

Next, the 0 2 0 1 2 1 Specific Order made its second appearance. Currently, this Specific Order has played in 5.71% of the 35 drawings where [2-1-2-1] was the General Order of the evening, 1.98% of the 101 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern played, and in approximately 0.61% of all Mega Millions drawings. To see when the 0 2 0 1 2 1 Specific Order debuted, we need to go back to the December 19th, 2015 drawing.

Now, about that development.

Friday night saw something so hot, so spectacular, that it’s never been seen before. At least, with the 1-75 white-ball and MB 1 – 15 system.

Mega Millions saw its first similar spread!

For those of you who are new to Lottery Trend/Lottery Binge, a spread is the difference between adjacent numbers. A similar spread happens when the differences between numbers in separate drawings are the same, but the order is different. For instance, the winning numbers for the January 10th, 2014 drawing were 8, 28, 36, 37, 57, and MB 8. The spread that appeared that evening was 20:08:01:20. The spread that appeared Friday night was 08:20:20:01. Note that with Mega Millions, the Mega Ball is not included when determining the spread. We can also see, upon closer inspection, that the spreads for January 10th, 2014 and Friday were similar.

There is also the exact spread, which occurs when the difference between adjacent numbers and their orders are the same. More information can be found on our Mega Millions site (hint, hint).

As it start to feels more like Christmas, will Mega Millions continue to be gracious with the gifts?

 

 

Mid-Week Fireballs

We’re only a week into December and so far, it’s shaping up to be quite a month! December 7th gave us a Pattern in Lotto Texas that we haven’t seen in a while, and Powerball had an interesting play as well.

Lotto Texas

Although we didn’t see a repeating Four-Number Combination this time around, we saw an Australia Play. That is, the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order  made their 191st appearance. The winning numbers were 4, 5, 29, 34, 40, and 53.

Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning Lotto Texas numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

As of Wednesday, the {2-2-2} Pattern has played in 13.6% of the 1401 Lotto Texas drawings. As is the nature of the Australia Play, this statistic also applies to the 2 2 2 Specific Order. We last saw both the {2-2-2} Pattern and the 2 2 2 Specific Order in the October 29th, 2016 drawing.

Powerball

The {2-2-1-1} Pattern did not make an encore appearance. Instead, we saw the {3-1-1-1} Pattern play. The 23rd appearance of this Pattern was made possible by winning numbers 41, 48, 49, 53 64, and PB 20.

Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers from lotterytrend-powerball.com.

The {3-1-1-1} Pattern has now played in 18.7% of the 123 Powerball drawings to date. Prior to Wednesday, this Pattern previously played in the November 26th, 2016 drawing.

The [1-3-1-1] General Order made its 9th appearance, its first since the November 12th, 2016 drawing. This General Order has now played in 39.1% of the 23 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and in 7.32% of all Powerball drawings.

Next, the 0 0 1 1 3 1 Specific Order made its second appearance Wednesday night. This Specific Order has now played in 22.2% of the 9 drawings where the [1-3-1-1] General Order has appeared, 8.70% of the 23 drawings where the {3-1-1-1} Pattern has appeared, and 1.63% of all 123 drawings. The 0 0 1 1 3 1 Specific Order made its debut in the November 21st, 2015 drawing.

Finally, Powerball saw two Three-Number Combinations repeat. These were

  • 49, 64, and PB 20, which first played August 27th, 2016, and
  • 48, 49, and PB 20, which first played October 15th, 2016
Snippet of Three-Number Combinations. The repeating Combinations are highlighted in red.
Snippet of Three-Number Combinations. The repeating Combinations are highlighted in red.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s drawing, will Patterns not commonly seen in either Lotto Texas or Powerball continue to have their play? Will we see another Australia Play?

Adding a Little Spice

As more cold air enters Lottery Trend country, Mega Millions heated up a bit in the December 6th drawing. Tuesday’s drawing not only gifted us with the most commonly seen Pattern, but a repeating Three-Number Combination!

Unlike the {2-1-1-1-1} in Powerball, the {2-1-1-1-1} in Mega Millions is in no danger of being upstaged anytime soon. With 130 appearances, this Pattern has appeared in 31.5% of the 327 drawings. The 130th appearance was made possible by winning numbers 13, 34, 48, 53, 63, and MB 12.

Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.
Winning Mega Millions numbers. From lotterytrend-megamillions.com.

The {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern previously played last month in the November 15th drawing.

The [1-1-2-1-1] General Order made its 30th appearance, its first since the November 4th, 2016 drawing. As of Tuesday, this General Order has appeared in 23.1% of the 130 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and 9.17% of the 327 drawings to date.

Next, the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order played for the eighth time. With that said, this Specific Order has now appeared in approximately 26.7% of the 30 drawings where the [1-1-2-1-1] General order has played. The 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order has also appeared in 6.15% of the 130 drawings where the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern has played, and in 2.45% of all Mega Millions drawings. Prior to Tuesday’s drawing, we last saw the 1 0 1 2 1 1 Specific Order on October 28th, 2016.

Last, but certainly not least, we saw the Three-Number Combination 48, 53, and MB 12 make a repeat appearance.

Snippet of Three-Number Combinations. The repeating Combination is in the red box.
Snippet of Three-Number Combinations. The repeating Combination is in the red box.

This Combination made its debut in the November 8th, 2016 drawing.

What will Friday’s drawing have in store? Will a rarely-seen Pattern get to play, or will the {2-1-1-1-1} make an encore? Will we see another repeating Three-Number Combination?

December Warm-Up

December is marked by the change of seasons. In Lottery Binge country, it means the transition from autumn to winter. As cold and stormy weather takes hold, there were developments in Lotto Texas and Powerball on the night of December 3rd that brought some welcome warmth.

Lotto Texas

Lotto Texas reached a milestone Saturday night; it was the 1400th drawing with balls numbered 1 through 54. This special occasion was marked by the 730th appearance of the {3-2-1} Pattern. The winning numbers were 15, 24, 31, 47, 51, and 52.

Winning Texas Lotto numbers. From lotterytrend.com.
Winning Texas Lotto numbers. From lotterytrend.com.

The {3-2-1} Pattern has now played in 52.1% of the 1400 Lotto Texas drawings. This Pattern played previously in the November 26th drawing, which was in fact one week prior.

Next, the 1 2 3 Specific Order made its 136th appearance, its first since the November 5th, 2016 drawing. This Specific Order has now played in 18.6% of the 730 drawings where the {3-2-1} Pattern played, and in 9.71% of all drawings.

The biggest development for Lotto Texas was the repeat appearance of the following Four-Number Combination: 15, 24, 47, and 52.

Snippet of Four-Number Combinations from lotterytrend.com. The repeating Combination is highlighted in the red box.
Snippet of Four-Number Combinations from lotterytrend.com. The repeating Combination is highlighted in the red box.

This Four-Number Combination made its debut on February 4th, 2012.

Powerball

Powerball saw an encore appearance of the {2-2-1-1} Pattern, thanks to winning numbers 8, 10 26, 27, 33, and PB 22.

Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.
Winning Powerball numbers. From lotterytrend-powerball.com.

Now with 41 appearances, the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played in 33.6% of all 122 Powerball drawings. Recall that the {2-2-1-1} Pattern recently played in the November 30th drawing. Is this encore appearance a prelude to yet another Tango with the {2-1-1-1-1} Pattern?

Moving on, the [2-2-1-1] General order made its 15th appearance, and it also previously played in the November 30th drawing. The [2-2-1-1] General Order has now played in 36.6% of the 41 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has appeared and 12.3% of all Powerball drawings.

Our Saturday coverage concludes with the 2 2 1 0 0 1 Specific Order, now having played three times. This Specific Order has now appeared in 20% of the 15 drawings where the [2-2-1-1] General Order has played, 7.32% of the 41 drawings where the {2-2-1-1} Pattern has played, and 2.46% of all Powerball drawings. Prior to Saturday, the 2 2 1 0 0 1 Specific Order previously played in the September 14th, 2016 drawing.

As the first full week of December is in full swing, will Lotto Texas get in on the action of successive repeating Patterns? Will the infamous tango between Powerball’s {2-2-1-1} and {2-1-1-1-1} Patterns commence once again?