The El Gordo lottery is a Spanish lotto game that is enjoyed by millions of people on the run up to Christmas each year. This lottery is famous for being the biggest lotto game in the world, measured by total prize payout. Each annual draw typically pays out in excess of €2 billion in prizes. The El Gordo Christmas lottery is an incredibly popular game in Spain with the majority of the country’s citizens taking part each year.
The Christmas El Gordo lottery is based on whole tickets (billetes) which are made up of tenths (décimos). Each of these El Gordo lottery tickets is printed multiple times, in several so-called series, owing to the incredible popularity of this lottery draw. A unique 5 digit number is printed on each ticket and on the subsequent series of that ticket. For example, the ticket with the number 00001 is printed 180 times under different series numbers. Each full ticket (billete) is sold for €200 which for the average person is rather expensive. However, a player can buy a tenth (décimo) of a ticket for just €20.
The El Gordo lottery pays out approximately 70% of ticket sales in prize money and over 15,000 prizes are paid out per serie. The top prize per winning serie is €4,000,000 but with 180 series in total this means that 180 tickets win $4,000,000. The chances of winning one of the top prizes in the El Gordo Christmas lottery are pretty favourable with odds of 1 in 100,000. When you compare these odds to some of the other major global lottery games, you will quickly realise just how good the El Gordo’s odds really are. The US Powerball lottery offers jackpot winning odds of 1 in 175,223,510 and the EuroMillions is not much better, with odds of 1 in 116,531,800.
Although the El Gordo Christmas lottery is played predominantly by Spanish citizens, players from all over the world can now take part in this famous game thanks to the introduction of online lottery retailers. You will pay a considerable premium to purchase a ticket through one of these organisations but it is really your only option as a player from overseas.
Here are 3 different companies offering you access to the El Gordo Christmas lottery:
If you would like to purchase a ticket you may wish to check out The Lotter or WinTrillions. If you would like to play the El Gordo as a member of a lottery syndicate then you could take a look at Big Fat Lottos.
Whichever playing option you choose, make sure that you do not wait too long to get involved as there is a limited number of tickets available.
Wishing you all the very best of luck in the Christmas El Gordo draw.