Probability puzzle: How many balls in the bag?

bouncing balls

Last week our village had a fête. One of the competitions on offer was to guess the number of balls in a bag. There were N balls in the bag, and they were numbered 1, 2, 3, …, N. To help competitors make a sensible guess, they were allowed to take out four balls and note the numbers on them.

When I took part, I pulled out balls numbered 24, 87, 14 and 35.

There is a prize for the person who guesses the correct number exactly. How many balls should I estimate are in the bag?

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