Lottery Year 2008 Final Results

January 06, 2009 By: erik Category: Geeky, News, Weird 803 views

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Lottery Year 2008As many of you may already be aware, in 2008, I did something really, really stupid every week: I played the lottery. Before starting, I did a lot of work calculating the odds and to figure out the best strategy for playing. I calculated that, starting with a balance of 260€, my most likely final balances would be between 22€ and 36€. Let’s see what I finally ended up with…

Let’s just say that Lady Luck was not amused. After playing 52 times, I had 25€ left, just slightly to the low end of the bell curve. One thing I had not counted on was that 2008 would have 53 Fridays! So I actually played 53 times and was left with a mere 20€ and a “What a stupid idea this was!” taste in my mouth. Let’s have one last look at the history chart.

Lottery Year 2008

You can see the week-by-week results listed at the bottom of the official Lottery Year page.

Below are some pictures of 40 of my 49 losing lottery tickets.

Forty Losing Lottery Tickets

Each pair of two tickets cost me 5€. What was I thinking???

Losing Lottery Tickets

Money down the drain.

Well, there you have it. I actually made it through the whole year and lost 240€, which was worth $354.28 at the beginning of 2008, and $332.25 at the end. No more lottery for me, thanks.

  • Not even el gordo or el niño? I had a blast playing those and wathing the draws on TV.

  • Happy New Year, Erik! Thanks for clearing that up for us, now I won’t be playing any more lottery either. But don’t worry, as they say here in Spain, “Los niños siempre llegan con un pan debajo del brazo.” So, at least your bread needs will be taken care of…and, if you think that in English “bread” is synonymous with “money”, well, who knows… 😉

  • Roger

    I was passing thru Spain recently and on 07.01.09 bought 3 tickets for the ONCE blind lottery, how do I check the results.

  • Roger, check here.

  • julie

    hi erik. would you happen to know where i can obtain older ticket results please? i have tickets from jun 09 – not sure even if they are valid now.

    thanks so much