El Gordo de la Primitiva

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:

Prize Match
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).

The Spanish Christmas Lottery 2013

The Spanish Christmas Lottery – la Lotería de Navidad – will distribute approximately €2.24 billion in lottery prizes! Around 28 million players from all over the world will benefit from the 1 in 6.5 winning odds and will take home prizes on December 22nd.

SPANISH CHRISTMAS LOTTERY – INTERESTING FACTS

  • the Spanish Christmas Lottery offers the biggest prize pool in the world of €2.24 billion
  • there are 100,000 available pre-defined numbers; each number contains a five-digit code ranging 00000-99999
  • each ticket is printed in 160 identical copies
  • all tickets are made up of 10 shares (or decimal) which can be purchased separately
  • 100,000 tickets x 160 copies x 10 shares = 160 million shares available for purchase
  • the odds of winning the €4 million top prize are 1 in 100,000; there are 160 winning tickets
  • the odds of winning a prize are around 1 in 6
  • there are more than 24 million ways to win the Spanish Christmas Lottery

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