This is a tradition that goes beyond a simple lottery, it’s the second longest continuously running lottery in the world and as measured by the total prize payout is considered the biggest lottery worldwide. It’s always celebrated on 22nd of December.
The period of selling ticket for the draw is the largest during the year, because you can start buying it from July. It´s based on tickets with different amount of price, but the most purchased one is “el décimo” that costs 20€. There is a tradition that says you always have to PAY for the ticket, never accepted it as a gift, because it won´t be a winning one.
The most exciting part is the moment when El Gordo is drawn. Lottery outlets usually only sell tickets for one or two numbers, so the winners of the largest prizes often live in the same town or area or work for the same company. The prize of El Gordo is 4.000.000 €. The total amount paid out is 2,240,000,000€.
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