Can you believe it? It’s nearly the end of the year and that means it’s nearly time to get out the Christmas decorations, fill up the stockings and best of all... make sure that we buy our entries into the El Gordo de Navidad Raffle.
"Lotería de Navidad" (the Christmas lottery) is nickname is El Gordo, which means "fatty" or "The Fat One." It got the “The Gordo” due to the astronomical total prize money which is over 2.24 billion EUR, which is biggest raffle draws in the world.
The El Gordo de Navidad draw
The El Gordo de Navidad Raffle is drawn in Madrid on Monday the 22nd December. On the day of the El Gordo de Navidad draw raffle ticket holders stop everything and watch the live five-hour Spanish Christmas draw show, which features a choir of children singing out the winning raffle numbers.
The famous Spanish Christmas lottery, El Gordo de Navidad will once again give lottery and raffle players the opportunity to win their share in record earnings this year!
The El Gordo de Navidad Raffle dates back to the mid 19th century and has maintained its reputation both in Spain and abroad. With the help of the internet, lottery players from all over the world are able to partake in this amazing raffle. With an incredible prize-fund of €2.24 billion it’s not surprising that this raffle has become one of the most popular numbers game in the world.
Where to buy El Gordo de Navidad tickets?
Gone are the days, however that only residents living in Spain can partake in the El Gordo de Navidad raffle. By purchasing your El Gordo de Navidad entries online means that not only can you be in it to win it but you can do so from the comfort of your own home, office or mobile. After all, why wait in line when you can tap in your numbers and with just a few clicks of the mouse get your lucky El Gordo de Navidad transaction confirmed.
El Gordo de Navidad numbers and prizes
The El Gordo de Navidad numbering is rather complex in that participants purchasing tickets do not select their own numbers like in the EuroMillions lottery for instance. With the El Gordo de Navidad, players buy pre-printed tickets. In 2013 there were approximately 100,000 different numbers.
The draw takes place on the 22nd of December every year and is aired live on Spanish national television. The actual draw dates back two hundred years to the 4th March 1812.
On the day of the draw, which starts at 9am in the morning, forty children between the ages of 8 and 14 from "Colegio de San Ildefonso" in Segovia - called "Los niños de San Ildefonso" as school, pick out tiny wooden numbered balls from two huge gold drums. These drums contain the 100,000 numbers. One of the drums contains the winning numbers and the other drum contains the prize amounts.
The children sing out the prize for the number selected. This all takes place at the "Teatro Real de Madrid".
The best El Gordo de Navidad commercial
This year’s El Gordo de Navidad commercial is an absolute tear-jerker. The commercial has already started to air on Spanish television to promote the raffle. It features a man who is down on his luck and going to the local pub. What happens in the pub, makes us realise that having an entry into the annual El Gordo de Navidad draw absolutely worthwhile. The commercial has done a splendid job to show how the large number of big cash prizes won.
As with all lotteries, advertising is important. This year the state agency has apparently spent €840,000 to produce this year’s series of El Gordo de Navidad commercials.
With each of the El Gordo de Navidad commercials beginning with the slogan, “El mayor premio es compartirlo”, which means “The best prize is sharing it,” and every commercial tells a different story about the lottery and how it can change people’s lives.
The main El Gordo de Navidad commercial is about a man who forgot to buy an El Gordo de Navidad ticket. At his local pub that he frequents regularly, he finds out that someone has won the top prize that year. He emotionally shaken as the numbers selected would have been the same that he forgot to purchase. While everyone else celebrates this poor man’s heart is broken.
Another El Gordo de Navidad commercial, that will appear and that’s related to the story in the pub, is a woman who finds a book that lists the things her parents would do if they won the El Gordo de Navidad raffle.
All these commercials have a Christmas theme with stories that all have a certain emotional intensity.
Juan Garcia Escudero, director of advertising at Leo Burnett, said the focus will be on the phrase "to share".
With just over a month to go, to the long awaited and highly anticipated El Gordo de Navidad draw, now is the time to buy your El Gordo de Navidad ticket right here at PlayHugeLottos.com!
Good luck - Bon Sort - Buena Suerte!