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Spain begins countdown to El Gordo 2012

Sun 2th Dec 2012
Spain begins countdown to El Gordo 2012

Tickets for Spain's world-famous Christmas Lottery 'El Gordo de Navidad' are now on sale, where winners of the draw can share in a prize fund totalling €2.52 Billion.

Tickets are sold from Spain's 4'100 Offical 'Loterias y Apuestas del Estado (LAE)' kiosks, however tickets can be purchased online, although the buyer is recommended to scrutinize the legality and smallprint of any such purchase agreement - and the cost paid.

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There are only 100,000 tickets printed, each with 180 copies, each copy has 10 shares, known as "Decimas", which adds up to a total of 180 Million decimas - each of which can be purchased for €20.

Quite often club, societies and communities will sell further shares in a collection of Decimas for a smaller sum.

On the day of the draw - 22nd December - the numbers are selected in the form of balls with a 5-digit number on them being drawn from a barrel. Once the ball is chosen, the prize is selected from another barrel, and children from San Ildefonso School, the oldest school in Madrid sing out the numbers to a panel of adjudicators.

With the top prize being €4 million - to be divided by the number of Decimas owned (usually 10 induviduals, but in some cases one person can own all 10) - the odds of winning the jackpot are 1:100'000. The odds of winning any of the prizes are 1:7.

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Comment on this Story

Do you have to be legally resident in Spain to be able to buy an el gordo ticket (or claim any winnings?)
Maureen Collins - Thu, 13th Dec 2012
Rich : Assuming that 1 buyer purchases just 1 Decima, then yes. However, in reality it is common for families or groups of people to have a share in a number of Decimas to spread their chances of winning something, as opposed to a smaller chance of winning a higher amount.

By comparison, the odds of winning the Jackpot in the UK's National lottery are 14'000'000 to 1, with the odds on winning any prize at all being 54 : 1.

That means you could buy 20 x £1 UK Lottery tickets and still have a much better chance of winning the Spanish Lottery with 1 x Decima.

Tumbit - Admin - Tue, 4th Dec 2012
So the maximum amount that 1 person can win is 400'000 Euros ?
Rich Baker - Tue, 4th Dec 2012
Perhaps the popularity and longevity of El Gordo is in the fact that it is so much fairer than other lotteries - such as in the UK. It makes far more sense to have communities and groups of people with a much bigger chance of winning a smaller amount of money. It is totally ridiculous that the UK's National Lottery can create 1 winner of £200 Million, when the Spanish system allows the wealth to be spread out a little bit more evenly.
C Timpson - Mon, 3rd Dec 2012

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