Spanish lottery La Primitiva has handed out billions of dollars in prizes in its modern format. The Spanish lottery offers attractive winning odds and exciting jackpots that are characteristic of Spain's games of chance. La Primitiva proudly traces its roots as far back as 1763, making it one of the oldest lotteries still operating in the modern world.
La Primitiva History
La Primitiva began in the 18th century as a match 5/90 lottery, created by royal initiative to raise funds for the Spanish treasury. The lottery flourished for 100 years and returned in modern times when the Organismo Nacional de Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (ONLAE) reinstated La Primitiva in August 1985. The 6/49 lottery format introduced by ONLAE is still in use today.
Some of La Primitiva's biggest jackpots include €24.92 million in 2005, €26 million in 2007, €32 million in 2013 and its record top prize of €73 million won in February 22, 2014.
La Primitiva Rules
In November 2012, the La Primitiva lottery added a new prize category for the 6+R (Reintegro) prize. Jackpot winners who correctly match six numbers, as well as the Reintegro number automatically assigned to players' ticket, collect an additional sum on top of the jackpot prize. A portion of the prize fund in each draw is allocated to this special prize category so that 6+R winners enjoy a larger lottery jackpot win!
To play La Primitiva, players choose six numbers from a guess range of 1-49 and are automatically assigned their Reintegro number. As well as being used to determine the 6+R jackpot prize, matching the Reintegro alone entitles you to a refund on the official lottery ticket price!
In the draw, a seventh ball, called a bonus ball, is drawn from the same drum as the regular guess set. While this bonus number cannot help make a jackpot winning combination, matching five numbers + one bonus ball (5+1) entitles players to the second prize.
Lottery fans who enjoy this Spanish lottery, may wish to try Spain BonoLoto, or to buy lottery tickets for El Gordo (the Big One).
Winning La Primitiva
The odds of matching all six main numbers as well as the Reintegro number are 1 in 139,838,160. La Primitiva also has five secondary prize categories, awarded for matching 6, 5+1, 5, 4 and 3 balls to those drawn.
As of 1st January 2013, Spanish lottery prizes that exceed €2,500 will be subject to a government legislated tax at a rate of 20%.
La Primitiva Anecdote
Lucky Number 20 - La Primitiva held a special draw in October 2005 to honor 20 years of the modern game. A group of 23 drivers in a Malaga bus company entered the same numbers that they had been entering since 1985. After 20 years, these numbers paid off and the drivers walked away with a €24.92 million jackpot that made each of them a millionaire!