National Bingo Game
The popular ITV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire had worse odds than the national lottery. The odds of winning a million on the quiz show were 1.5 million to 1. By Johnson's calculations, players betting 10gbp on the National Bingo game were 8 times more likely to win a million than they were by playing Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The National Bingo Game takes place when the nation's bingo clubs share a link up. Sports betting came in just behind bingo and offered players 247,596 to one odds of becoming a millionaire.
Weekend football pools offered middle of the road odds of 639,685 to one. Johnson said his research did not take into account the effects of skill and judgment that are commonly used when sports betting or playing quiz shows. Johnson told BBC reporters "Certain assumptions have to be made to arrive at these results, but they are broadly accurate." Johnson said that his calculations for Who Wants to be a Millionaire were relatively easy since there had been 38 million calls, 600 people in the seat and three winners.
Johnson said the bingo statistics were calculated on the basis that bingo operators had estimated that 200,000 tickets were bought for the National Bingo game which has a top jackpot of a million pounds. Johnson stated "Bingo represented the best value among all the bets, giving a better chance than all the others. Johnson told reporters he had given up gambling after several unsuccessful attempts. Johnson added "All these games are based on chance and nothing you will do can ever guarantee success."
Unfortunately Dr. Johnson did not calculate the odds of winning a million pound internet bingo jackpot. Thanks to the internet bingo is not the low stakes game it once was a huge jackpots are the norm rather than the exception.
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