El Gordo

What’s El Gordo?

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El Gordo de Navidad is among the richest and biggest lotteries on the planet with a prize pool in excess. The lottery, formally called Loteria de Navidad or Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad, started in 1812 and is now an annual custom that was Spanish.


The draws, which considered a national occasion and are held in Madrid, differ from conventional lotteries in two features that are significant. Unlike the draws of other lotteries, whose, El Gordo de Navidad draws take hours to finish because of the absolute variety of prizes and the format is nearer to a raffle than the usual regular lottery.
One bombo checks balls inscribed with a predetermined amount mix, while another bombo checks balls inscribed with a prize worth. Each predetermined thus, when a prize is chosen to correspond with the amount the prize fund for that grade will be shared between all the players whose ticket fits the amount drawn amount is printed on numerous tickets.

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Rather than purchasing just one ticket, Navidad tickets can be purchased as a complete ticket, known as a ‘billete’, or a tenth of a ticket called a ‘decimo’. Like a raffle, players purchase pre- and each amount can be sold as many as 180 times in what’s called a ‘string’, meaning there will be multiple billetes showing the exact same amount.
El Gordo de la Primitiva is a routine draw which offers a starting jackpot of €4 million and takes place every Thursday and Saturday.