The National lottery operator of Spain, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, has a long tradition of holding several special draws each year. The most famous of these lottery draws, because of their huge payouts and tradition, are El Gordo Primitiva and the El Gordo Navidad lottery, also known as the Loteria de Navidad in Spain - the Spanish Christmas Lottery.
The El Gordo de La Primitiva is held on a weekly basis, every Sunday in Spain. Just select 5 numbers from 1 to 54 and a key number from 0 to 9. This key number will be the same for all bets on your lotto ticket. You will win a prize if you get at least two numbers right. If you only get the key number right you will receive the amount played on the ticket. Draws take place on Sundays at 9:00 pm (Spanish time).
The El Gordo Navidad (Christmas Lottery) draw is held every year on the 22 December at the Palacio de Congresos of Madrid, in Madrid, Spain. Commencing at 8:30 in the morning, this elaborate draw can last up to four hours to complete(!) Due to the sheer number of players, the prizes in these special draws are larger than in the normal lottery, with tickets in high demand. In fact, when measured by total prize payout, the Xmas Lottery "El Gordo Navidad" is considered the largest lottery in the world, and with the 2011 draw the prize values have been increased even more. Players can win prizes by matching the number on their billete (ticket) to the number drawn from the first bombo. The prize they win will depend on which prize is drawn from the second bombo. Of course, bearing in mind that there are often up to 195 of each number sold, this means there will be multiple winners of each prize. The prize is not shared; it is the sum each winner receives, which is what makes the El Gordo Navidad so popular.
|1||5 +1||1:31 625 100|
|2||5||1:3 513 900|
|3||4 +1||1:129 082|
|5||3 +1||1:2 689|