Problem 286

Scoring probabilities

Barbara is a mathematician and a basketball player. She has found
that the probability of scoring a point when shooting from a distance `x` is exactly (1 - ^{x}/_{q}), where `q` is a real constant greater than 50.

During each practice run, she takes shots from distances `x` = 1, `x` = 2, ..., `x` = 50 and, according to her records, she has precisely a 2 % chance to score a total of exactly 20 points.

Find `q` and give your answer rounded to 10 decimal places.

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