The next Spanish Christmas Lottery – Loteria de Navidad will take place on 22 December 2017 with €2.38 billion in prizes! The Loteria de Navidad offers incredible 1 in 6.5 winning odds.
Spanish Christmas Lottery (Loteria de Navidad) – Quick Facts:
- The lottery offers the largest prize pool in the world of €2.38 billion
- 100,000 available pre-defined numbers, each containing a five-digit code ranging from 00000-99999
- Each ticket is printed in 170 identical copies
- All tickets are made up of 10 shares which can be purchased separately
- 100,000 tickets * 170 copies * 10 shares = 170 million shares available
- 1:100,000 chances of winning the €4 million top prize – 170 jackpot ticket winners
- Attractive winning odds start at 1:6.5 per prize
- Altogether – more than 26 million shares are expected to win
Spanish Christmas Lottery in the News
The Spanish Christmas Lottery – Loteria de Navidad is the focus of countless commercials, news reports, and stories in the months leading up to the draw. With 98% of Spanish adults entering the annual draw, millions tune in to watch the students of the San Ildefonso School sing out the winning numbers in the Loteria Nacional hall in Madrid. With 15,304 winning combinations in every draw, the festive event usually lasts three hours and continues until the entire prize pool has been won!
Learn About the World’s Largest Raffle Jackpot
The Spanish Christmas El Gordo Lottery is an annual national raffle also known locally as the Lotería de Navidad. This Spanish raffle started just over 200 years ago in 1812 and occurs every year during the Christmas season. The raffle is considered the world’s biggest lottery and in 2017 will award €2.38 billion in prizes with attractive winning odds starting at 1:6.5 for a prize. More than 26 million shares are expected to win!
Lotería de Navidad History
The Lotería de Navidad’s first draw occurred in December 1812 in the city of Cadiz with hopes of increasing state revenue for the public tax authority and has since been organized by the Spanish Public Administration. In 1814 the draw was held for the first time in Madrid, which has become the centre for Spanish National Lottery draws.
The Spanish Christmas El Gordo Lottery numbers are drawn in a special way, much different than any other lottery in the world: students from the San Ildefonso School draw the results and sing them aloud to the public at the Lotería Nacional Hall of Madrid!
Lotería de Navidad Rules
The Spanish Christmas Lottery prints 100,000 tickets (billetes) with five-digit codes ranging from 00000-99999. Due to the game’s popularity, each ticket is printed in 170 copies. The ticket is divided into 10 shares called ‘décimos’ which can be purchased individually. This formula explains the huge amount of shares on the market for this year’s December 22nd draw:
100,000 tickets * 170 copies * 10 shares = 170 million shares
The distribution of prizes, quantity of tickets and shares, and their prices may vary from year to year. In 2004, there were 66,000 different five-digit numbered tickets in 195 copies. In 2005, the number of tickets for sale was 85,000 which were offered in 170 copies. In 2011, there were 99,000 tickets printed in 160 copies.
Winning the Lotería de Navidad El Gordo
The Lotería de Navidad – El Gordo offers the world’s largest prize pool, which in 2017 will stand at €2.38 billion. The highest prize available in this raffle draw is €4 million, with an amazing 1:100,000 chances of winning this top prize. A player owning all ten shares of a 1st prize winning ticket is eligible to claim the €4 million jackpot prize. Lotería de Navidad will award a total of €680 million in jackpot prizes to the 170 tickets with the winning raffle code.
Overall, prizes will be awarded to 15,304 tickets in every series, which means that 1 in every 6.5 tickets wins a cash prize!
About 98% of all Spanish adults take part in the Spanish Christmas El Gordo Lottery celebrations, even if they usually do not participate in local or global lotteries. It is expected that more than 24 million share holders will collect prizes from the 15,304 possible winning combinations in every draw.
The amount of tickets available for this raffle will be limited as the draw gets closer, so get your tickets before the draw closes on December 21st at theLotter.com!
Loteria de Navidad Prize Breakdown
|Divisions||Number of Prizes||Pay-out per Share|
|The numbers that are +1 larger or -1 smaller than first prize||2||€2,000|
|The numbers that are +1 larger or -1 smaller than second prize||2||€1,250|
|The numbers that are +1 larger or -1 smaller than third prize||2||€960|
|Navidad – Codes with the 1st 3 digits that match the 1st prize||99||€100|
|Navidad – Codes with the 1st 3 digits that match the 2nd prize||99||€100|
|Navidad – Codes with the 1st 3 digits that match the 3rd prize||99||€100|
|Navidad – Codes with the 1st 3 digits that match the 4th prize||198||€100|
|Navidad – Codes with the last 2 digits that match the 1st prize||999||€100|
|Navidad – Codes with the last 2 digits that match the 2nd prize||999||€100|
|Navidad – Codes with the last 2 digits that match the 3rd prize||999||€100|
|Codes with the same last digit as the 1st place (except the 1st place)||9999||€20|