Spain holds annual Christmas El Gordo lottery draw
The winners of Spain's cherished Christmas lottery the world's richest celebrated around the country Sunday, a moment of joy and relief after another year of a brutal financial crisis.
Millions had been glued to their televisions on Sunday as 2.5 billion euros (US$3.4 billion) in prize money was distributed. The drawing is so popular that most of Spain's 46 million people watched at least part of the live four-hour show, hoping they would hear their ticket as school children called out the lu ...
Dec 22, 2013, 9:02 pm - Lottery News forum
El Gordo jackpot brings lottery joy to thousands in Spain
Spaniards facing yet another year of economic misery found relief in the world's biggest lottery payout on Saturday, the traditional Christmas Gordo, or Fat One, which spread 2.52 billion (US$3.3 billion) in prize money around the country.
Champagne corks popped in towns, cities and villages across Spain as tens of thousands of winners took home enough money to keep their families going through the dark days of 2013 and beyond.
Yesterday we were both on the dole, but today we are winners, ...
Dec 24, 2012, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Entire town, except one guy, wins $950M lottery
Just a few weeks ago, the 70 households in the isolated farming village of Sodeto were struggling under the double whammy of Spain's economic downturn and the ravages of a severe drought.
Some were even thinking of passing up Spain's huge Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo the fat one which is something of a national obsession. But they bought tickets out of loyalty to the homemakers' association here, which makes a small percentage on the sales.
And then, their number came in.
All bu ...
Feb 2, 2012, 4:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Spanish Christmas lottery pays out billions
Days before Christmas, a tiny town of 2,000 in cash-strapped Spain found itself richer by 720 million (US$940 million) Thursday after scooping the top prize in the nation's famed Christmas lottery.
Billed as the world's richest, the lottery dishes out some 2.52 billion (US$3.29 billion) to winners across the nation.
The top prize dubbed El Gordo (The Fat One) was split among the holders of tickets bearing the number 58268. The number appeared on 1,800 tickets, giving winners 400,000 for th ...
Dec 23, 2011, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
World's biggest lottery draw sets new record
El Gordo prize pool reaches a new high, now worth 2.5 billion
By Todd Northrop
Any economic hardships that may exist in Spain are not dampening the desire to win big, as people line up outside Lottery outlets, particularly in the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, to purchase tickets for this year's El Gordo drawing.
As the drawing date of El Gordo (literally translated as The Fat One ) nears, lottery players are lining up for their chance to win a slice of an unbelievably huge pot of mone ...
Dec 14, 2011, 10:59 pm - Lottery News forum
El Gordo lottery awards more than $3 billion
Spain's Christmas lottery showered hundreds of thousand of euros in prize money on the country's capital Tuesday.
The top prize of the lottery, ranked among the world's richest, went to holders of tickets bearing the number 78294. The number appears on 1,950 tickets, and each holder stood to win euro300,000 ($430,000).
Organizers said the tickets bearing that number were sold in a lottery office in the central Madrid area of Cuatro Caminos.
Two of the lucky ticket holders were immigrant ...
Dec 24, 2009, 2:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Spain's Christmas lottery is still "El Gordo"
In tough times, Spaniards trim trees, not their lottery ticket purchases
On the morning of Dec. 22, Spain will be glued to radios and TV sets. A monotonous chant of children's voices will float through the air of homes, cafeterias and offices for hours.
It is the lyrical event of the season, a kickoff to Christmas celebrations. Children dressed up in navy blue and gray uniforms sing, not Christmas carols, but the winning numbers and prizes for the Loteria de Navidad, Spain's state Christma ...
Dec 18, 2009, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
Winners share $3 billion in Spain's El Gordo lottery
Economic woes eased for thousands in Spain on Monday as the Christmas lottery billed among the world's richest dished out some 2.32 billion (US$3.23 billion) in prizes.
The top prize of the lottery dubbed El Gordo (The Fat One) went to holders of tickets bearing the number 32365 which appears on 1,950 tickets, each winning 300,000 (US$418,000). Thousands of others cashed in on runner-up prizes.
The top number was sung out at just after noon Monday by pupils of Madrid's Saint Ildefonso Scho ...
Dec 23, 2008, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Tiny village hits El Gordo lottery jackpot
A remote Spanish farming village today became several million dollars richer after each of its 25 inhabitants won a share of the top prize in the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo.
The church bells rang in Rebollo de Duero, in the central Spanish province of Soria, as the handful of farming families celebrated their good fortune.
Soria is one of western Europe's most sparsely inhabited regions, with many villages abandoned completely by their inhabitants over the past half century.
I d ...
Dec 23, 2006, 8:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Spain goes bullistic as big, fat lottery faces bald truth
The Bald One has left the Fat One. Now everyone's talking.
For the past eight years, Spaniards have been cajoled into buying lottery tickets in El Gordo (the Fat One) the world's richest annual lottery draw by advertisements featuring El Calvo (the Bald One), a silent, mysterious figure showering good fortune at random upon Spaniards as a symbol of the Fat One's beneficence.
But the Bald One, it seems, became too famous for his own good.
Despite being one of the best-known faces on ...
Dec 20, 2006, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum