Spanish Christmas Lottery: Spain holds huge Christmas lottery with more than $2.9 billion in winnings amid coronavirus restrictions

Spanish Christmas Lottery: Spain holds huge Christmas lottery with more than $2.9 billion in winnings amid coronavirus restrictions


Children from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school have begun calling out prize-winning numbers in Spain’s bumper Christmas lottery known as “EL Gordo” (the fat one), which is being held under tight conditions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The lottery will shell out 400,000 euros ($489,000) or some 325,000 euros after tax, to holders of 20-euro tickets bearing the top-prize number.

The winning number in this year’s Christmas lottery – popularly known as El Gordo (The Fat One) – is 72897. 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 shortly after noon.


The number was sold at lottery sales points in the following locations: Punta Humbría (Huelva), Reus (Tarragona), Granada, Madrid, Boñar (León), O Grove (Pontevedra), Bilbao, Granadilla de Abona (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), Javea (Alicante), Cáceres, El Puerto de Santamaría (Cádiz), Córdoba, Haría (Las Palmas), San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia), Vigo, O Porriño (Pontevedra), Salamanca, Bonavista (Tarragona), Oliva (Valencia), Alfara del Patriarca (Valencia) and Zamora

A total of 2.4 billion euros came out of the incredibly popular lottery at this year's awards, much higher than the smaller prizes.

Other lotteries have large individual prizes, but Spain's Christmas lottery, staged every December 22, is ranked as the world's richest for total prize money.

Manuel Rodríguez, a lottery seller in O Grove (Pontevedra) who sold a series of the top prize, was in tears as he described it as “an enormous reward on a very difficult year” when establishments like his were shut down due to coronavirus restrictions. “I’m going to bring some centollos [a spiny crab popular in Galician gastronomy], the kings of seafood, to celebrate,” he said.

A little after 11am, the third prize had been called out: 52472. The second prize was called just over an hour later: 06095.

The world-famous lottery is handing out over €2.4 billion in prizes, €28 million more than last year.

Madrid Teatro Real opened its doors on Tuesday at around 7.15am to allow members of the press and the children to enter. But for the first in its history, the Christmas tradition took place without an audience due to coronavirus safety measures.

In another change from previous years, awards under € 40,000 will not be taxed. Until now, officials were taking 20% ​​of all amounts above € 20,000, but this year the limit has been increased, which would deprive the tax agency of approximately € 18.6 million compared to last year, tax personnel estimates. According to the Union Gestha.

Televised nationally from the city’s Teatro Real opera house, the lottery was held without an audience this year. Organizers and participants on the theatre stage donned mask and took PCR tests beforehand. The children were allowed to remove the masks briefly as they sang out the numbers and prizes.

Families, friends and co-workers traditionally buy the 20-euro tickets, or “decimos, (tenths),” together as part of a winter holiday tradition. They then wait in hope that fortune may shine on them.

Normally, jubilant street and bar scenes follow of winners celebrating with uncorked bottles of sparkling wine, but this year authorities have urged much caution because of the virus.

CHRISTMAS LOTTERY PRIZES (FOR EACH OF THE 170 SERIES)

1st prize. El Gordo: €4 million

2nd prize: €1.25 million

3rd prize: €500,000

4th prize: two prizes of €200,000

5th prize: eight prizes of €60,000

Pedrea: 1,794 prizes of €1,000

Numbers before and after 1st prize: two prizes of €20,000

Numbers before and after 2nd prize: two prizes of €12,500

Numbers before and after 3rd prize: two prizes of €9,600

Numbers with the same first three digits as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize: 297 prizes of €1,000

Numbers with the same first three digits as the 4th prize: 198 prizes of €1,000

Numbers with the same two last digits as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize: 297 prizes of €1,000

Reintegro: 9,999 prizes of €200