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|El Gordo 22.12.2013 Spanish Christmas Lottery|
El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery 2013
Lotería de Navidad El Gordo 22.12.2013 - 22nd November 2013. How to buy tickets
> Map Spain with winning Gordo numbers 2013
> Check 2013 El Gordo results and winning tickets numbers
> Watch El Gordo lottery draw live on Spanish TV
The world's biggest lottery is in Spain and is called Lotería de Navidad or El Gordo! The total prize money is over 2 billion euros. About El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery and how to buy el Gordo lottery tickets and check El Gordo winning numbers. The El Gordo lottery date is Sunday 22nd December 2013.
El Gordo is the biggest lottery in the world and the name El Gordo means “The Fat One”. The Spanish Christmas Lottery, which in Spanish is called "el Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad, is the biggest lottery in the world, hence the name "El Gordo" lottery, which translates as "The Fat One." This huge lottery is drawn on 22nd December every year and the whole of Spain watches on TV. In 2013 El Gordo celebrates its 201st anniversary. The lottery drawing ceremony is at Teatro Real de Madrid in Madrid, Spain and is broadcast live on Spanish TV and on the Internet.
About El Gordo lottery in Spain
2011 was the "fattest" El Gordo in history so far - "El Gorda más gorda de la historia." The biggest winning number in 2011 paid out 4 million euros, and the total prize money last year spread across just over 15,000 winning numbers was € 2,520,000,000 euros or over 2500 million euros. Read how the ticket system works further down this page. El Gordo 2012 is broadcast live on Spanish TV channel "La 1" and you can see it online on their website from anywhere in the world. You can buy El Gordo tickets at lottery offices in Barcelona at hypermarkets, on high streets and at many tobacconist shops called Estancos. You can also buy El Gordo tickets online if you are in Spain and outside Spain, there are various websites that offer El Gordo tickets. Buena Suerte - Bon Sort - Good Luck!
The "El Gordo" lottery is the Spanish Christmas Loteria Nacional, also called "el Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad," which is drawn on 22nd December every year. It is called El Gordo, "the Fat One," because it is one of the biggest lotteries in the world. The total prize amount in 2013 will be €2.240.000.00 - over 2.2 billion euros that can be won by just over 15,000 winning numbers. Read how the ticket system works further down this page. The lottery draw is broadcast live on Spanish TV channel "La 1" on the 22/12 and you can see it online on their website from anywhere in the world. Buena Suerte - Bon Sort - Good Luck!
> See El Gordo draw live online (if you are in Spain)
> Official website Spanish Christmas Lottery
> Website Spanish Lottery
> Twitter page Spanish Lottery
The biggest winning ticket of the "el Gordo" Spanish Christmas is usually worth about 300 million euros in total, but what makes the Spanish Christmas lottery the biggest in the world, is that there are many winning numbers with many prizes of smaller amounts. The El Gordo lottery pays out more lottery prizes than any other lottery draw in the world, which makes the Spanish Christmas lottery the biggest lottery payout in the world. Almost everyone in Spain buys one or more tickets for "El Gordo" Spanish Christmas lottery with an average cost of 70 euros per person.
The total annual prize payout of El Gordo is around 2.2 billion euros which has made El Gordo into a self-perpetuating success. The bigger the winnings, the more tickets people buy, which makes the prize winnings even bigger, and then more people buy more tickets. That's how the legendary Spanish lottery of El Gordo became the biggest lottery in the world. No-one can resist the lure of El Gordo at Christmas. This lottery started in 1812 and has since become so popular that an estimated 75% of the Spanish population buys a lottery ticket or buys a share of a ticket. Some even say the figure is more like 90%. It is also estimated that each Spaniard spends around 75 euros on average on El Gordo! Some more facts. The lottery draw is managed by the Spanish government. 30% of the lottery sales goes to the government in taxes and 70% is paid out in prizes and is completely tax-free. Another reason why El Gordo is so popular is that the prize money is spread over 15000 winning numbers, so there are many smaller cash prizes. Some say there is a 1 in 3 chances of winning, while others put it at 15%.
El Gordo numbers and prizes
The numbering system itself is quite complex. You don't pick your own numbers. For El Gordo you buy a pre-printed ticket. There are 100,000 different numbers in the Christmas 2012 El Gordo Lottery. Each ticket number has a picture of a nativity scene which changes every year. On 22nd December every year the winning numbers are drawn. This happens live on Spanish national TV in a tradition that dates many years. Not as far as El Gordo lottery, which dates back two hundred years to 4th March 1812. From 09.00 in the morning of the 22nd December every year forty children aged 8 to 14 years old from the school "Colegio de San Ildefonso" in Segovia - called "Los niños de San Ildefonso" - pick out small wooden numbered balls out of the two big golden drums that contain 100.000 numbers. This ceremony is called "el soniquete de los Niños de San Ildefonso." One drum has the winning numbers and the other has the prize amounts. The children pick and sing out a lottery number from one drum, and then pick and sing out a prizes for that number from the other drum. The 2012 ceremony takes place at the "Teatro Real de Madrid" and takes just over three hours. It’s very sweet and Christmas in Spain just wouldn’t be the same without it. Naturally because of the money involved it’s very exciting viewing, at least until the 1st prize, 2nd and 3rd prize is drawn. More about TV tranmission of El Gordo.
The tickets and numbers
An El Gordo ticket (billete) has a pre-printed a 5-digit number.
Each ticket number has multiple series’ or sets of the same ticket number
The exact quantity of tickets and series, as well as their price and the exact distribution of prizes, vary from year to year.
Some examples of how El Gordo tickets numbers work:
In 2013 there will be 180 series’
In 2012 there are 100,000 different ticket numbers in 180 series’.
In 2004 there were 66,000 different ticket numbers in 195 series’.
In 2005, there were 85,000 ticket numbers in 170 series’
In 2006 there were 85,000 ticket numbers but in 180 series’
A series is like an A4 sheet with 10 smaller tickets on it. (see illustration above)
A full ticket sheet (billete) costs 200 euros.
Each ticket sheet is divided into ten smaller tickets called “décimos” which cost 20 euros each. Most people buy a “décimo,” which like a full lottery ticket, but as explained above, a “décimo” is technically a tenth of a ticket
How El Gordo prizes work?
The first prize of El Gordo goes to a single winning number. In 2006 the winning number was 20297 and the prize amount was 3 million euros. There were 180 series’ of the number 20297,so the 3 million was paid out 180 times to a full sheet or ticket with that number. So the total payout to the first prize number of 180 x 3 million = 540 million euros. Anyone holding a tenth of a ticket, a “décimo” of the number 20297 in 2006 won the corresponding amount of the 3 million prize for each ticket in the series. So a “décimo” - a tenth of the number 20297 won € 300,000 in 2006. In 2011 however the biggest winning number will get 4 million euros so a “décimo” will be worth 400.000 euros. The total prize money spread across just over 15,000 winning tickets is 2,520,000,000 euros or 2500 million euros. Read this article about the previous years last El Gordo winning numbers (in Spanish) in La Vanguardia to see the winning numbers from 2001 to 2011 and where the winning numbers were from. You can also see how many prizes were won in Catalunya each year. By the way 2012 was the last year of un-taxed El Gordo prizes. From 2013 all prizes above 2500 euros will be subject to a 20% tax.
Winning numbers El Gordo
There are many superstitions and traditions about how to pick the winning number. Many people repeat their "lucky" numbers and certain numbers sell out quickly like the dates of weddings of celebrites etc. Or numbers that have won before. Many people, companies, bars, and charities buy one or more “décimos” and sell it off in parts to colleagues, friends, customers etc. Parts of “décimos” are called “participaciones.” In Spain when someone wins the lottery, it’s a happy ending for all. The prize money is spread around the whole family. You will always see TV pictures of a whole village or town neighbourhood every 22nd December dancing, hugging, kissing and drinking Cava! They have all won the Spanish Christmas Lottery, El Gordo!
How to buy El Gordo tickets
You can buy El Gordo tickets online in Spain at the official El Gordo website made by the “Loterías y Apuestas del Estado”, the Spanish Lottery organization. Foreigners and people outside Spain can buy El Gordo tickets via various websites that offer El Gordo tickets.
> Official website Spanish Christmas Lottery
> Website Spanish Lottery
> Twitter page Spanish Lottery
Most people in Spain buy at the numerous lottery ticket offices throughout Spain or they buy “participaciones” at bars, offices or from family and friends. If you live outside Spain there are many online companies who sell tickets. Some of them are probably quite genuine and trustworthy, but we suggest you check their references carefully before you buy.
El Gordo scams
In recent years there have been many examples of scams by people purporting to represent the El Gordo Lottery, mostly aimed at non-residents of Spain, who don’t know how the lottery operates. The bottom line is that if you didn’t not buy a lottery ticket, then you have not won, so don't fall for anything without checking at the official organisation in Spain. You can see the official warning about these scams from the Spanish lottery site here:
Warning information on a Australian government consumer site.
Official website El Gordo lottery
The official operator of the Spanish El Gordo lottery, Loterias y Apuestas de Estado has issued a warning about fraudsters using the name El Gordo and forging documentation and bank forms to obtain money under false pretences. Mailings and emails are being sent to UK consumers claiming they have won the Spanish lottery. In order to claim their 'prize', recipients are asked to provide their bank account details and told that 5-10 per cent of the winnings will be retained for costs. However the 'winners' are later contacted and asked for various fees in order to release their alleged prize, and they never receive a penny. Genuine Spanish lottery prizes are always free from taxes. If you receive fraudulent El Gordo material you can help the investigations of Loterías y Apuestas de Estado by sending a copy to the following address:
Loterías y Apuestas del Estado Legal Advice Service
C/ Guzmán el Bueno nº 137
28003 Madrid Spain
Fax number: 00 34 91 533 51 36.
Good luck - Bon Sort - Buena Suerte!
Lottery tip! Don't buy your ticket too late or all the lottery tickets can be sold out! And if you didn't win in El Gordo try the other big Christmas lottery in Spain on 6th January (Kings Day) called "El Niño" lottery.
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