Plenty of Spanish El Gordo players are in great celebration following last night’s draw – a welcomed break from the economic crisis. Champagne corks popped all over the country as El Gordo de Navidad (The Fat One) players checked their tickets to see what cut of the $3.4 billion prize pool they held.
27 year old Raul Clavero, a mechanic from Madrid is one such player that took home the top prize of a cool $546,200. He shared the prize with four other family members with the same winning numbers. El Gordo is different from regular lotteries because it dishes out a variety of winnings to a wide crowd of ticket holders – meaning there’s always a happy winner around the festive season!
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“We jumped out of bed and ran out,” Clavero said, adding, “[I’m going to] pay the mortgage, that’s the first thing, and then just enjoy the rest.” Winning tickets for El Gordo de Navidad were sold in eight locations around Spain at the least, including Madrid, Barcelona, and Modragon the northern industrial city were the electrical appliance manufacturer Fagor Electrodomesticos was forced to file for bankruptcy in October.
The second tier prize tickets of $170,700, a collective amount of $1.7 million, were all sold in the town of Granadilla de Abona on the Canary Island resort of Tenerife – an extra bonus for these lucky El Gordo players who were vacationing at the sunny resort!
El Gordo has followed the same structure since its inception but did experience one change for this year’s draw – to combat the worrying unemployment rate of 26 percent the Spanish government has allocated 20 percent of winnings over $3,400 to be taxed. This is the first time in El Gordo history that the Spanish government has taxed winnings at such high rates. Let’s hope it does help in setting the economic instability straight!
Be sure not to miss the weekly El Gordo draw, coming up this Sunday!
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