The % of Tickets sold on our Best Games to Play report is just an estimate, but it’s fairly accurate.
For most states, we use this equation:
[SUM of all prizes claimed for each game] divided by [SUM of all potential prizes from the game details page].
For states that don't publish as much data for ALL prize levels, we calculate [SUM of the top six prizes claimed] divided by [SUM of potential prizes for the published prize levels].
If we cannot get the exact number of prizes available for all prize levels, prizes remaining, or prizes claimed, we use the data that is available.
Why do we provide it? Customers asked for that calculation explicitly. It helps customers realize how difficult a game might be to find in their local area. Usually, anything above 90% est. sold will be difficult to find.