African migrants win big in Spain Christmas lottery
About 35 African migrants, including at least one rescued at sea from an overcrowded wooden boat, are among the top prize winners of Spain's Christmas lottery, according to the owner of the lottery agency that sold more than 1,000 tickets that shelled out 400,000 euros (US$438,000) each.
The winners who bought the tickets in the southern coastal city of Roquetas de Mar included migrants from Senegal, Mali and Morocco, agency owner Jose Martin told La Voz de Almeria newspaper in a story publis ...
Dec 24, 2015, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
Beach town hits jackpot in Spain's El Gordo lottery
With wide smiles, elated lottery winners popped corks on bottles of sparkling wine Tuesday in the southern beach city of Roquetas de Mar, where tickets bearing the top prize number in Spain's Christmas lottery were sold.
The winning number 79140 appeared on 1,600 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo (The Fat One), with each ticket holder winning 400,000 (US$434,800).
The lottery has taken on special importance in recent years as Spain struggled through a real estate bubble and the Euro ...
Dec 22, 2015, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
Disney chooses director for upcoming lottery movie
By Todd Northrop
Annie director Will Gluck is teaming with Walt Disney Studios to direct an untitled lottery movie based on the actual events of a Spanish lottery jackpot win.
The project, which was originally written for a male lead and titled Lucky Guy, is being retooled to feature a female protagonist and does not yet have a name.
The story centers on a perpetually unlucky young woman who is flabbergasted when everyone in her small town except her wins a lottery. However, this appare ...
May 29, 2015, 7:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Spaniards celebrate 'El Gordo' victories in world's biggest lottery
Thousands of Spaniards including humble restaurant workers and care home residents celebrated wins in the world's biggest lottery draw on Monday, scooping up shares in over 2.2 billion euros (US$2.7 billion) in prizes doled out across the country.
El Gordo, or the Fat One , is the top award millions vie for every year in the traditional Christmas lottery, which had Spaniards on tenterhooks for four hours as the ceremonial draw took longer than usual to throw up the big prizes.
The Gordo pa ...
Dec 22, 2014, 10:24 pm - Lottery News forum
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