The world’s biggest lottery is in Spain and is nicknamed ‘El Gordo’, which means ‘the fat one. ‘ The official name is El Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad but often called ‘Lotería de Navidad’ – the Spanish Christmas lottery.
How do you play Spanish Christmas lottery?
There are no lottery balls; instead, there are two huge drums that contain all the purchased tickets – just like a raffle. Each ticket has a number between 00000 and 99999. When the draw takes place, players win a prize if the numbers on their ticket match those on a ticket drawn from the drum.
Who can play El Gordo lottery?
Players must be 18 or older to buy El Gordo tickets. All El Gordo prizes worth more than €2,500 are subject to a tax of 20%. This yearly draw takes place in Madrid and is organised by the Spanish Government.
How does Loteria Nacional work?
Unlike a lottery, players do not choose their own numbers when they participate in a Loteria Nacional raffle. Instead, they purchase shares, or whole tickets with pre-selected five-digit numbers. In total, the Loteria Nacional raffle offers 100,000 tickets printed with five-digit codes ranging from 00000-99999.
How long does the Christmas lottery in Spain last?
The draw for all the various prize tiers takes place in Madrid on 22nd December and lasts around 3 hours. In the Spanish Christmas Lottery, there are multiple copies or “series” of tickets, which means more than one person can have the same ticket number.
On which date do they eat their main Christmas meal in Spain?
Christmas food in Spain
We all know that Spain does great food, and at Christmas they have some great festive specialties. The main Crimbo meal normally takes place on 24th December, Christmas Eve, and they eat the obligatory Serrano ham, but seafood and fish also play a big part in the menu, especially king prawns.
What is the biggest lottery jackpot ever?
The biggest lottery prize ever awarded in the United States was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in 2016, according to The Associated Press. It was divided among three ticket winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
Can foreigners play Spanish lottery?
Foreigners and non-residents can take part in the Spanish lotteries. As of January 2013, all lottery winning are taxable whether or not they are taken out of the country.
How can I win the Spanish lottery?
To win the jackpot a player needs to match all 5 primary numbers and the extra key number. El Gordo de la Primitiva has a minimum starting jackpot of 5.000. 000 Euros and will roll over until it is won. The jackpot for this Spanish National Lottery has climbed to over 33.000.