Spain's huge Christmas lottery offers distraction from virus
Spaniards looking for a respite from the pandemic's gloom and doom turned their attention Wednesday to a rite that for more than two centuries has marked the beginning of the festive period: the country's bumper Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo, or The Fat One.
The draw, held annually since 1812, dished out a total of 2.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) in prizes this year, or 70% of the proceeds from ticket sales.
The top-prize number holder number 86148 this year gets 400,000 (US$450,000 ...
Dec 22, 2021, 1:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Thief steals handbag with winning €125,000 lottery ticket inside
Caught after making a big purchase
By Kate Northrop
A thief who stole a purse with a winning lottery ticket worth 125,000 (US$152,000) inside has finally been caught after he used the money to buy a house.
On May 31, the Guardia Civil, law enforcement in Spain, arrested an unnamed 52-year-old man at the house he bought in Valencia with the winnings he stole.
The theft took place on Dec. 19, 2020. Video surveillance footage in a restaurant shows the man walking past a woman seated at ...
Jun 14, 2021, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
El Gordo awards over €2.4 billion in famous Christmas raffle
Winning numbers for top prizes announced this morning
By Kate Northrop
The Spanish Lottery has released the winning numbers for El Gordo (The Fat One), the most well-known, largest raffle in history, measured by prize payout. In 2020, the Christmas raffle is handing out over 2.4 billion (US$ 2.9 billion) in prizes. That's 28 million (US$34 million) more than last year.
Traditionally, two children from the San Ildefonso school sing out the winning five-digit number for the 4 million (US$ ...
Dec 22, 2020, 11:59 am - Lottery News forum
A reporter won the lottery and quit her job, live on air — only to find the payout was about $5,500
A Spanish television reporter appeared to celebrate and quit her job on live television after realizing she had a winning El Gordo lottery ticket. It was a decision for which she would later apologize.
On Sunday, Valencia community journalist Natalia Escudero was covering Spain's annual Christmas lottery, called El Gordo (The Fat One), when she found out that she was also a winner.
The state-run lottery is the world's richest draw, boasting 2.24 billion euros (about $2.43 billion) in prize ...
Dec 26, 2019, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Winners across Spain celebrate results of 2019 El Gordo Christmas lottery
Includes video report
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 ...
Dec 23, 2019, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
$2.7 billion El Gordo Christmas 2018 lottery drawing held in Spain
Includes video report
Those holding ticket number 03347 struck it rich Saturday when they won the top prize in Spain's famous Christmas lottery.
The lottery, known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, dished out 2.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) in prize money this year. The top prize for a winning ticket was 400,000 euros ($455,000), but there were many smaller prizes.
Here the people are celebrating a lot, it's the first time that the top prize for the Christmas lottery has fallen here, Luis Sori ...
Dec 23, 2018, 5:04 pm - Lottery News forum
El Gordo holds annual Christmas drawing, awarding billions
People lucky enough to hold tickets with the number 71198 were blessed with thousands of euros in prize money in Spain's bumper Christmas lottery Friday.
Children from Madrid's San Ildefonso school called out the top prize number three hours after the much-followed, nationally televised draw began around 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) at Madrid's Teatro Real opera house.
The lottery, known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, will dish out 2.4 billion euros (US$2.8 billion) in prizes this year.
Despite the ...
Dec 22, 2017, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
Spain's El Gordo lottery sparks celebrations across Madrid
Workers at a home for the elderly were among those celebrating Thursday in Madrid, Spain, after all the tickets with the top prize-winning number in Spain's 2.3 billion (US$2.4 billion) Christmas lottery were sold in one city neighborhood.
The number 66513 appeared on 1,650 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo ( The Fat One ), with each ticket holder winning 400,000 (US$418,000).
The winning tickets are normally sold in several different lottery offices around the country but this time ...
Dec 23, 2016, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
The legendary luck of this Spanish lottery shop keeps El Gordo players coming back
Less than two weeks before Christmas, the line to buy a ticket for Spain's biggest lottery at Do a Manolita, which some consider the country's luckiest ticket vendor, was roughly 100 people long on a chilly Tuesday evening.
Considering the frenzy that builds as the holiday nears, it was a short wait. Would-be players will stand for up to three hours in a line that snakes along back streets and past storefronts, crowding the capital city's holiday-festooned pathways for a chance to win the mor ...
Dec 17, 2016, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
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