Draw after draw, week after week, the “acumulado” ball fails to fall. And with each “blank” the jackpot or acumulado in Spanish grows.

The acumulado is a bonus draw to the regular lottery draws on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

This Friday, Sept. 7, the grand prize will be ¢1.2 billion colones. If the acumulado doesn’t fall, it will again grow on Sunday.

To ensure a winner soon, the Junta de Protección Social (JPS) – the lottery – is not replacing the blank balls fallen on each draw. Currently, there are 41 balls in the ‘tombola’ – 40 blanks and the acumulado.

The situation has been an economic boom for the lottery, nearly every one of the three weekly lotteries – Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays – has been sold out. It has also prompted price speculation, some vendors jacking the price on certain numbers.