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Winners across Spain celebrate results of 2019 El Gordo Christmas lottery

Dec 23, 2019, 7:50 am

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Just eight minutes after the draw began, the top prize was called for the number 26590

The winning number in this year's Christmas lottery — popularly known as El Gordo (The Fat One) — is 26590. The lucky five-digit figure corresponding to the top €4 million prize was sung out by two children from San Ildefonso school as per tradition at 9.19am — just eight minutes after the draw began.

The first prize-winning number in the hugely popular draw was sold at lottery offices in the municipality of Salou in Tarragona province, as well as Salamanca (Castile and León) and Alicante (Valencia). The number was also sold in Madrid's famous Doña Manolita lottery shop.

In Spain's Christmas lottery, every number is divided into 10 identical segments, or décimos, costing €20 each. Because numbers are also divided into series, there are in fact 1,600 tickets with the same number sold at lottery sales points across the country, making it impossible for one person to buy them all.

Many people buy even smaller stakes in several décimos to increase their chances of winning something. A €1 stake in the winning number is worth €20,000, while a €20 décimo pays out €400,000 before taxes.

But those who miss out on El Gordo can still win a prize. Second prize awards €125,000 to each winning décimo or €6,250 for every euro played. Third prize is €50,000 for a décimo or €2,500 for every euro. The Christmas lottery also includes 1,794 prizes of €1,000 for every décimo or €5 for every euro (the so-called Pedrea). Players also have the chance to win back the cost of a décimo (the Reintegro) if the last digit of their number matches the last digit in the six-digit sequence that wins first, second or third prize.

All prizes of over €2,500 are subject to a 20% tax which means holders of a décimo will take home €320,050 with the rest going to the tax office.

Long tradition

Spain's first national Christmas lottery took place on December 18, 1812. But historians say it was first conceived to buy bullets and make cannons to fight the French troops attacking the Andalusian city of Cádiz, which in 1812 was Spain's last line of defense against the Napoleonic invasion.

Although the lottery was created during the siege of Cádiz, by the time the lottery was celebrated the siege had already ended, having lasted from February 5, 1810 to August 25, 1812.

The war, however, was still raging, and the lottery spread from Andalusia to the rest of Spain as the Spanish troops defeated the French. In 1814, when the war was nearly over, the lottery headquarters moved from Cádiz to Madrid, and it has remained in the capital ever since.

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Posted: December 23, 2019, 9:15 am - IP Logged

In 3,2,1

"This is how it should be here"

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    Posted: December 23, 2019, 10:23 am - IP Logged

    €1 and a dream!

    Congrats to all players and winners!

    Party

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      Posted: December 23, 2019, 11:12 am - IP Logged

      Just imagine if 'they' did that here, something different than MM or PB and more in tune with this fantastic lottery.  Like El Gordo just once/year.

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        Wow🙂

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          Posted: December 23, 2019, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

          The top four million Euro prize. Fine, but what is the total amount won? Billions of dollars as in the past?

           I need to know the odds before jumping on a band wagon to start an El Gordo here in the U.S.A 

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            The top four million Euro prize. Fine, but what is the total amount won? Billions of dollars as in the past?

             I need to know the odds before jumping on a band wagon to start an El Gordo here in the U.S.A 

            I cannot discern how much the top winner won and reading about it with all the twists and turns it has I'd personally just prefer a regular old fashioned national Raffle style game.   It almost seems El Gordo mimicks a raffle, but honestly don't know. 

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              I cannot discern how much the top winner won and reading about it with all the twists and turns it has I'd personally just prefer a regular old fashioned national Raffle style game.   It almost seems El Gordo mimicks a raffle, but honestly don't know. 

              Glad to see I am not the only one.  So how much DID they each win? What?

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                I cannot discern how much the top winner won and reading about it with all the twists and turns it has I'd personally just prefer a regular old fashioned national Raffle style game.   It almost seems El Gordo mimicks a raffle, but honestly don't know. 

                El Gordo doesn't just mimic a raffle, it IS a raffle.  The raffle games that were introduced in the United States starting around 10 years ago were a direct attempt to bring an El Gordo-style Christmas game to the US.  It was only partially successful because most states have abandoned the format.

                The article does mention about the prize amounts, stating both the top prize amount, as well as the payout amounts of a decimo (one-tenth of a full ticket) and even how much a 1 euro purchase would return.  (The prize amounts in the story are for the top-winning ticket number.  There are other smaller prizes, but too many to mention in a news article.)

                 

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                  I cannot discern how much the top winner won and reading about it with all the twists and turns it has I'd personally just prefer a regular old fashioned national Raffle style game.   It almost seems El Gordo mimicks a raffle, but honestly don't know. 

                  El Gordo Lottery in Spain Spreads Riches Worth $2.6 Billion:

                  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/22/business/el-gordo-lottery-spain.html

                  https://www.foxnews.com/world/spain-el-gordo-christmas-lottery

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                    congratulations to the winners

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