The biggest event coming to online lottery players is just around the corner, with the El Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad, also known as Loteria de Navidad in Spanish (and the Navidad lottery and the Spanish Christmas lottery in English) just around the corner.
The Fat One
The El Gordo de Navidad offers up a prize pool of over 2 Billion Euro (you can close your mouth now).
This special Spanish raffle takes place in Spain and is run by the national Loterias national Loterias y Apuestas del Estado.
El Gordo means the “fat one”, which is no surprise considering the huge prize pool of 2 billion Euros. It’s this prize that makes it the highest in the world.
Not only is it the biggest prize in the world, but it is also the second longest running lottery, with the first draw taking place back in 1812.
However, winning the El Gordo de Navidad is much harder than let’s say the EuroMillions lottery, due to its prize structure. The probability of winning the Euromillions is roughly 1 in 116,531,800, whereas for El Sorteo de Navidad it’s 1 in 100,000.
But with a chance to win your share of 2 Billion Euro, you cannot miss out on your chance to buy El Gordo de Navidad tickets right now! That’s right, even though the draw only takes place on the 22nd December, 2015, tickets for Spain’s most popular game are already on sale at PlayHugeLottoscom!
Where to buy El Gordo de Navidad tickets?
If you live in Spain, you would buy El Gordo de Navidad tickets at either hypermarkets, lottery offices or even at the local tobacconist shop, which are called Estancos. People in Spain consider some of these places “lucky” and you can find people standing in long queues, just to buy their El Gordo da Navidad ticket there and nowhere else. Unlike other raffles, you can buy El Gordo de Navidad tickets up to six months before the draw takes place.
If you are not residing in Spain but would love to buy a El Gordo de Navidad ticket, your best option once again is to buy the ticket right here at PlayHugeLottos.com!
Understanding El Gordo de Navidad
El Gordo de Navidad raffle tickets can quite easily confuse an online lottery player as the system is rather complex.
First up, unlike play the lotto, you do not select your own numbers on the El Gordo de Navidad, instead you buy pre-printed tickets that already have a set of numbers. Remember, the set you selected can also run out as only a certain amount in each set are printed. There are 100,000 different numbers in the Christmas Lottery. Each ticket number has a picture of a nativity scene which changes every year. With us so far? Good.
Due to the fact that each five digit number is repeated across multiple tickets, many other people could also have your number. The exact amount of times a number is repeated will vary from draw to draw but can sometimes be repeated as much as 195 times.
This is where it gets interesting, as full tickets are divided further into tenths. These are known as 'decimos' and it’s the Decimo that most players purchase due to the cost of purchasing a whole ticket.
The El Gordo de Navidad Draw
The El Gordo de Navidad draw takes place on the 22nd December each year.
From 9am forty children between the ages of 8 to 14 years old from the school "Colegio de San Ildefonso" pick out small wooden numbered balls out of the two big golden drums called ‘bombos.’ Each bombo contains thousands of balls. One bombo contains balls inscribed with a pre-determined number combination, while the other bombo contains balls inscribed with a prize value. Each pre-determined number is printed on numerous tickets so, when a prize is selected to correspond with the number drawn, the prize fund for that tier will be shared between all of the players whose ticket matches the number drawn.
The children pick and sing out a lottery number from one bombo, and then pick and sing out a prizes for that number from the other bombo.
The whole process, which can be viewed on Spanish national TV, takes just over three hours and just about the whole of Spain comes to a standstill waiting for the 1st prize, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th winning numbers to be drawn. With so much money at stake it’s not difficult to understand why.
A ticket for the Spanish Christmas Lottery
Tickets for the Spanish Christmas lottery are available at PlayHugeLottos.com. Our local lottery agents will purchase tickets on your behalf and we’ll inform you if you land any of jackpots.
El Gordo de Navidad winners
The top prize in the El Gordo de Navidad is €4,000,000. This is split between players that have tickets with the winning five-number combination. The second prize is €1,250,000, with a third prize of €500,000 and a fourth prize of €200,000. There are also 1,794 prizes of €1,000 available. Depending on whether all the tickets are sold, the prize pool is around 2.24. These prize amounts can vary every year. The prize-fund for 2015 is 2.240.000.000 Euro.
With over million people making sure they too had a ticket into the 2014 El Gordo de Navidad raffle last year, now is the time to buy your El Gordo de Navidad ticket at PlayHugeLottos.com and make sure you get your favourite number combination!
Good luck - Bon Sort - Buena Suerte!
The PlayHugeLottos.com Team
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