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