El Gordo de La Primitiva is a draw which takes place in Spain El at 13:00 local time. It is a very popular game and often offers a big jackpot prize fund. The El Gordo de la Primitiva lottery offers a “reintegro” prize option which boosts the secondary prizes and must be matched in order to win the El Gordo jackpot
The state retains 45% of the profit generated by El Gordo, dedicates 45% to prize payment, and reserves 10% for bonus (“reintegro”) prizes.
HOW TO PLAY EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA
El Gordo de la Primitiva is played by selecting five main numbers from a guess range of 1 to 54 and one additional number (known as the “reintegro”) from a guess range of 0 to 9. The “reintegro” is drawn from a different set of numbers and it is needed in order to win the jackpot and some five secondary prizes (5 + Bonus Ball, 4 + Bonus Ball, 3 + Bonus Ball, 2 + Bonus Ball, and 0 + Bonus Ball). 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.
HOW TO WIN EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA
El Gordo has nine prize categories, and players must successfully match the five main numbers and the additional bonus number to win the top prize. The lottery offers 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.
The prize categories are as follows:
|Jackpot Prize||5 main balls + 1 bonus ball|
|2nd Prize||5 main balls|
|3rd Prize||4 main balls + 1 bonus ball|
|4th Prize||4 main balls|
|5th Prize||3 main balls + 1 bonus ball|
|6th Prize||3 main balls|
|7th Prize||2 main balls + 1 bonus ball|
|8th Prize||2 main balls|
|9th Prize||0 main balls + 1 bonus ball|
TAXATION ON EL GORDO WINNINGS
As of 1st January 2013, all lottery prizes won in Spain that exceed €2,500 are subjected to a Government legislated tax at a rate of 20%.
THE HISTORY OF EL GORDO
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).