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There have been a few questions about the Homer Buddha since the Yard Sale update and whether the odds have changed. I’ve checked the files and everything seems to be exactly as it was – nothing seems to have changed. So, here’s a repost on the odds of winning something good (this originally appeared at the end of March).

As the instructions to the Homer Buddha say, your 15 donut spend means that you win a premium item every time. But can you win anything really good, like the Duff Brewery or the Volcano Lair? Well, it turns out you can, although the chances of doing so are actually very, very low.

When you buy the Homer Buddha, your game is doing a little bit of calculating behind the scenes, and generating a random number between 0 and 1 (a bit like a roulette wheel). Each item available through the Homer Buddha has a number assigned to it – a “chance”. You win the item that has the first number that’s greater than the random number the game generates.

So, what are the chances, then, of winning any of those coveted premium characters or a pile of donuts (rather than a fence or a dumpster)? Here’s a list of what you can win and the probability that the Homer Buddha will actually give it to you:

Mystery Box – 9.98%
Bench – 10%
Planter – 10%
Dumpster – 10%
Picket Fence – 10%
Burning Bush – 10%
Orange Tree – 10%
Apple Tree – 10%
Tire Swing – 10%
Squeaky Voice Teen (or 30 donuts if you already have him) – 4%
Hans Moleman (or 60 donuts if you already have him) – 4%
Frink’s Lab (or 150 donuts if you already have it) – 1%
30 donuts – 1%
Tire Fire (or 40 donuts if you already have it) – 0.01%
Springfield Sign (or 170 donuts if you already have it) – 0.004%
Duff Brewery (or 190 donuts if you already have it) – 0.002%
Volcano Lair (or 200 donuts if you already have it) – 0.001%

So, if you’ve been lucky enough to win any of the last 4 items on the list(and I have seen reports), you’ve been very lucky indeed! And if you did, it would certainly justify a bit of Duffman-style partying down!

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While the Mystery Box is a premium item, you get for free every 5 days, which makes itv very different from the Homer Buddha. While it no longer promises premium items (see here), there are still premium items in there. And, of course, a Mystery Box is the only way that you’re currently able to get one of those coveted, income-earning Lemon Trees.

As with the Homer Buddha, there’s a game going on behind the scenes every time you either buy a Mystery Box for 6 donuts or collect one as a daily reward. The game first internally generates a random number between 0 and 1. Each item available through the Mystery Box has a number assigned to it and you win the item that has the first number that’s greater than the random number generated.

So, what are the chances, then, of winning anything really good? Here’s a list of what you can win and the probability that it will be inside a Mystery Box:

Mystery Box – 10.983% (strangely, the item you’re most likely to win)
Lemon Tree (or $250 if you have one already) – 10%
Parking Lot – 10%
Brown Fence – 10% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Tree – 10%
Large Hedge – 10% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Newspaper Dispenser – 10%
Picket Fence – 4% (although some additional calculations apparently boost the probability that this is what you’ll get)
Gazebo – 4%
Angel Topiary – 4%
$500 – 4%
Bench (with towel) – 4%
$1000 – 4%
10 donuts – 2% (the first thing the Mystery Box every gives you!
Squeaky Voice Teen (or 30 donuts if you have him already) – 2%
Homer Buddha – 1%
$2500 – 0.01%
30 Donuts – 0.004%
Tire Fire (or 40 donuts if you have it already) – 0.002%
Lard Lad – 0.001% (there appears to be no donut alternative, probably because you can have multiple Lard Lads in your town)

So, once again, it’s all a matter of luck – and I was lucky enough to get my Squeaky Voice Teen this way. What’s the best item that the Mystery Box has opened up for you?

Acknowledgements once again to j_3xx9 at http://tstappedout.proboards.com for the information used in this post.

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The Homer Buddha has come up a lot in search terms hitting my blog – and that’s probably due to the release of the Springfield Buddhist Temple. That means it’s probably time to update this post from a couple of months back:

The Homer Buddha is not an object you can place in your town and has nothing at all to do with the Springfield Buddhist Temple. What you get for your 15 donuts is really a Mystery Box that gives you a premium item every time, as the information says:

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You’re much more likely to get some great buildings and characters from the Homer Buddha than you are from a Mystery Box. People have reported getting Hans Moleman, the Squeaky Voice Teen, and Frink’s Lab. But you’re just as likely to get a picket fence (worth 1 donut), a dumpster (worth 10 donuts), or a burning bush (worth 20 donuts). There’s no guarantee of exactly what that premium item will be.

And you’re also likely to get a Mystery Box, which is itself a premium item. And while the Mystery Boxes themselves are premium items, the things they contain usually aren’t. That means it’s more than a little disappointing when you buy a Homer Buddha and it contains a Mystery Box that contains a Brown Fence, a Dumpster or a Newspaper Dispenser.

Basically, the Homer Buddha, like the Mystery Box, is a gamble. You may get something good – but you may also get something you don’t want and don’t need.

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Buying a Homer Buddha can be confusing if you’ve never bought one before. That’s because it usually works a little differently from other things you buy in the game. (Although, as you’ll see in the comments section below, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Gil’s sale!)

Like the Heart Grinder, the Homer Buddha isn’t a decoration that you can place in your town. It’s really a Mystery Box in disguise – but one for premium items.

You won’t receive a Homer Buddha decoration, which is a bit of a shame because it would make a great item to put on display in your Springfield. Instead, you’ll get the character or object that it contains. You’ll be able to find it in your inventory. If you missed the notification, look out for something that wasn’t there before. (And if you see a Homer Buddha in your inventory, it will transform into something else as soon as you click on it!)

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The Homer Buddha costs 15 donuts but gives you a premium item every time – and that’s what makes it different to the Mystery Box.

You can get some great buildings and characters from the Homer Buddha. People have reported getting Hans Moleman, the Squeaky Voice Teen, and Frink’s Lab. But you’re just as likely to get a picket fence (worth 1 donut), a dumpster (worth 10 donuts), or a burning bush (worth 20 donuts).

You’re also likely to get a Mystery Box (or, currently, a Mystery Love Box). While the Mystery Boxes themselves are premium items, the things they contain aren’t – and they can all be bought with game dollars (or hearts). That means it’s more than a little disappointing when one of these turns up.

Thanks to scotticusofsparta for the question.

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