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どうせ何【なん】かの玉【たま】を落【お】とすのは分【わ】かり切【き】ってる

This sentence uses 玉を落とす in a way that makes me think that 玉 is a noun being modified by を落とす to mean something like 'a ball intended to be dropped', in other words, a ball you'd play with in sports and the like.

Also, I'm not really sure about 何か being followed by の, is this a regular/fixed usage of 何か with any special properties?

If you need context for all this, let me explain a bit:

The person that says the sentence in question is skeptical about receiving the New Year's Gift お年玉【おとしだま】 from another person, and notices that other person is holding a ball, which turns out to contain money. Maybe it is a witty word game intended to show that the ball actually contained the New Year's Gift お年.

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    I am pretty amazed that people have already posted answers. I am a Japanese-speaker but I could not even begin to answer this question without more context. – l'électeur Dec 29 '14 at 1:26
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Probably you should describe the context more.

My guess is that it is in a comedy play or something.

Jerry: Hey, I will give you お年玉.

Tom: Oh really? Thanks. But you always trick me. I am sure you give me '落とし玉' but not 'お年玉.' I am not sure what it means, but it is obvious to me that you will be dropping some sort of balls and call it '落とし玉.' I won't be tricked anymore.

Jerry has a ball, which turns out to contain money.

何か: Something 何かの: Some sort of

  • Yes, is from something similar to Manzai comedy – dullian Dec 28 '14 at 17:24
  • OK, then I think my guess is correct. – Keita ODA Dec 29 '14 at 18:01
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The literal translation is:

It is obvious to me that you will be dropping some sort of balls anyway(after all).

The person saying this is playing a pun on the word "玉" as you said. The person is aware that he/she will either be receiving the "money (お年玉)" or the "ball(玉)".

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