is one of Spain’s most popular lottery games, best known in lottery circles for its impressive jackpots and the “reintegro” prize option which increases secondary prizes and is essential to winning the El Gordo jackpot.
El Gordo Lottery History
Spain’s love of lotteries dates back to 1763 when the country’s first royal lottery was initiated by King Charles III. The country’s national lottery debuted in 1812, and El Gordo de La Primitiva joined the official Spanish lottery organization (Loterías y Apuestas del Estado) almost 200 years later when the weekly lottery was added in 1993. Since then, the game colloquially known as “El Gordo” has hit record prizes including €33,024,545 (2011) , €27,152,932 (2008), and €26,214,521 (2007).
El Gordo Lottery Rules
To play, select 5 numbers from a guess range of 1-54 and an additional number from a guess range of 0-9 from a different number matrix. The additional number is required to win the jackpot and applies to five secondary prizes (5+PB, 4+PB, 3+PB, 2+PB, and 0+PB). Players can select a form of 3 or 6 lines or enter the draw with a systematic form of 7, 8, 9, or 10 numbers. A systematic form produces all possible combinations of the selected numbers and increases players’ chances of winning a prize.
Players can choose numbers manually (Natural Selection), have the numbers randomly selected by the system (Quick Pick), or draw the number selection from saved numbers on theLotter.com (My Lucky Numbers).
At the time of the drawing, the regular guess set and additional number are drawn from separate drums. Spanish lottery BonoLoto and the La Primitiva lotto offer refunds on the official price of your ticket if it was allocated that draw's Reintegro number. El Gordo allows players to choose their Reintegro from a guess range of 0-9, and as well as offering a refund, acts as an additional number that can help you win El Gordo's jackpot, 3rd, 5th and 7th prize divisions!
El Gordo Lottery takes place on Sunday at 12:00 GMT, 13:00 local time in Spain. Ticket sales close one hour before the draw, at 11:00 GMT, and lottery results are available on Monday mornings at 07:00 GMT on theLotter.com.
Winning El Gordo Lottery
El Gordo has nine prize categories, and players must successfully match the 5 numbers of the regular guess set and the additional number to win the top prize. The lottery promises a starting jackpot of €5 million and enjoys frequent rollovers which build up to some if its biggest prizes such as the lottery’s record 2011 jackpot of €33,024,545.
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%.
El Gordo Lotto Statistics
The state retains 45% of the profit generated by El Gordo, dedicates 45% to prize payment, and reserves 10% for reintegro prizes.
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Visit Spain's official site for the El Gordo Lotto, here.