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Countdown to Spain's El Gordo Lottery Draw

Source: Herald Scotland - Sun 20th Dec 2015
Countdown to Spain's El Gordo Lottery Draw

Spaniards are taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather and a "day of reflection" break in political campaigning ahead of a general election to buy tickets for the world's richest lottery.

Long queues formed at shops on Saturday as people hoped to buy a winning share in Spain's Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo (the Fat One), which will hand out 2.24 billion euro (1.6 billion).

It is estimated that three-quarters of Spain's 46 million people will take part in the draw on Tuesday.

The Yuletide tradition dates to 1812. The draw is broadcast nationally, gluing hope-filled Spaniards to radio and TV sets for hours as winning numbers are called out.

Unlike lotteries offering one large jackpot, El Gordo keeps the top prize at 400,000 euro (292,000), enabling thousands of ticket-holders to be winners.

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