Fans of our giant Spanish raffles will be pleased to know that tickets for the ‘grand-daddy’ of all raffles, the El Gordo de Navidad, are now available on our site. Find out more about this exciting Christmas raffle.
With a prize fund of €2.52 BILLION it’s little wonder that the ‘Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad’ is considered the biggest lottery in the world. Strictly speaking of course, it’s a raffle, not a lottery, but that doesn’t mean that lottery players from around the world can’t enjoy this immensely popular holiday raffle.
With the draw taking place on 22nd December there is still plenty of time to get your tickets in but please note: Raffle tickets are sold subject to availability so please put your orders in early to avoid disappointment.
Facts about El Gordo De Navidad
Not only is the Spanish Christmas Raffle the biggest draw in the world, it’s also one of the most interesting:
• The De Navidad raffle has been around for over two centuries with the first draw taking place in 1812
• The name ‘El Gordo de Navidad’ technically refers to the top prize tier of the Christmas raffle.
• In 2012 this top prize tier shared out €720 million across 180 winning tickets (or ‘billetes’)
• Players do not pick their numbers, they are assigned a 5-digit number from an existing pool of numbers from 00000 – 99999
• The winning 5-digit number from last year was 76058
• The winning balls are drawn by children from the San Ildefonso School who work in 8 or 9 shifts across the duration of the prize draw, which can take many hours. Originally the school taught orphans of public servants.
• The odds of winning a prize are 10%
• The chances of winning the top ‘El Gordo’ prize is 1 in 100,000 (0.001%)
It’s the biggest draw in the world and it only happens once a year. Make sure you are in for a chance of the “Gordo” with a ticket into this momentous Spanish raffle.
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