**What is the Bitcoin Lottery?**

The Bitcoin Lottery is a lottery where anyone can win, the lottery takes no share and the process is transparent. The code that picks the winner(s) is open source.

**How does it work?**You can send an arbitrary amount of bitcoins (minimum 0.01 bitcoin) to an adress. The adress for next lottery (closes July 1) is:

1LUeahDNnVwqh8utERNxPhoh7zdzSmh4AG

(view:

http://blockexplorer.com/address/1LUeahDNnVwqh8utERNxPhoh7zdzSmh4AG)

**When do I win and how much?**All bets are randomly assigned to a block. Each block is equal to the average deposit. The program picks randomly a block and returns the winners and their share (in percent).

For example, if you send 0.1 bitcoin and the average is 1 bitcoin, you probably end up in one block and then you win 10% of the draw.

If you send 1 bitcoin and the average is 1 bitcoin, you probably end up in two blocks randomly, for example 10 cents in one block and 90 cents in another. If you win with the first block you win 10%, the second block will return 90% of the draw. So to be sure to have the chance of winning 100% you need 2 bitcoins.

The program is designed in such a way the lottery will always return 100% of the jackpot size.

**Don't you cheat?**No. The first and second block on 1 July (after 0:00 UTC) will be used as random strings by adding them and create a SHA256 hash.

**The code (Python)**

import math

tickets = [

["1Km4sASEeKUWPtjRaSxmVghF5FfkadWVei",2],

["18uZGH42pcmHVtZ8sux7bCf8oJJtSCAAJs",1],

["1Jmn97kfJ6DBBCuft6Z1oW8e2Lwgheyr6s",2],

["1Jmn97kfJ6DBBCuft6Z1oW8e2Lwgheyr6s",1],

["1Jmn97kfJ6DBBCuft6Z1oW8e2Lwgheyr6s",1],

]

class BitcoinLottery:

def __init__(self):

self.total = 0

for x in tickets:

self.total += x[1]

self.BLOCKSIZE = int(math.ceil(self.total/float(len(tickets))))

def shuffle(self, rand):

i = 0

prevx = 0

for t in range(len(tickets)):

j=0

shuffle=0

for x in range(t, len(rand)):

j = j + ord(rand[x])

shuffle = j % len(tickets) - i

tickets[i], tickets[i+shuffle] = tickets[i+shuffle], tickets[i]

if (i < len(rand)-1):

i+=1

else:

i=0

def calculate(self):

blocks = []

block=0

for x in tickets:

k = x[0]

v = x[1]

nblock=block

while(v>0):

r = self.BLOCKSIZE - block % self.BLOCKSIZE

if (v <= r):

a = v

nblock+=v

v = 0

else:

a = r

v -= r

nblock += r

blocks.append([int(block/self.BLOCKSIZE),k,a])

block = nblock

rand = 0

print("total: " + str(float(self.total)/100) + " bitcoins")

for x in blocks:

if (x[0] == rand):

print(x[1] + " won " + str(float(x[2]*self.total)/10000 * (100/self.BLOCKSIZE)) + " bitcoins")

bit = BitcoinLottery()

bit.shuffle('3029309209i1');

bit.calculate()