Chances of Winning Bulgaria Lottery Set at 1:3.5 MSports | June 9, 2010, Wednesday // 08:35| views
The jackpot in the 6 out of 49 game of the Bulgarian State Lottery is now nearly BGN 5 M. Photo by BGNES
A player's chances of winning the Bulgarian state lottery, whose jackpot has towered to nearly BGN 5 M, is one in three and a half million, a mathematician said.
“The probability of any player hitting the jackpot, depends on the number of combinations of figures in the tickets. I expect these to be about 25% of all 14 million combinations possible. This means that the jackpot is quite likely to be hit. I can't say for certain however whether this is going to happen,” Professor Mihail Konstantinov, a mathematician, said in an interview for 24 Hours daily.
Asked about the chance to see again such a high jackpot, the expert said:
“I did these calculations back in 2004, when the jackpot exceeded BGN 5 M. I had all the necessary data back then, I suppose that the situation is the same now and the probability does not exceed 2-3%.”
A lottery craze has gripped the Balkans as an increasing number of Bulgarians and citizens of neighboring countries are rushing to buy tickets for the Bulgarian state lottery known as “Toto”.
The jackpot for the upcoming draw on Thursday is expected to reach nearly BGN 5 M in the “6 of 49” game of the Toto. It has not been won for over 40 draws, the revenues from tickets setting a new record high of over BGN 4.4 M.
Romanian, Macedonian and Greek citizens are coming in droves to Bulgaria in order to purchase tickets for the lottery. The most expensive ticket worth BGN 5 005 has been bought in the capital Sofia.
The more one spends on a Toto ticket, the greater number of combinations they can fill in, which gives them a greater chance of winning.
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