The World’s Biggest Lottery: Learn Everything About El Gordo!
How to Play the Spanish Christmas Lottery
As December approaches, all the eyes in the lottery world turn to Spain, home of the biggest lottery in the world. More than a lottery, the Spanish Christmas Lottery El Gordo is a phenomenon that mobilizes 90% of Spanish population year after year, mainly because of its $3.35 BILLION jackpot!
Now, with Lottoland, lottery players from Australia and from all over the world can also take part on the biggest lottery event of the year. Learn how to play El Gordo and prepare to have a big fat Christmas this year!
The name “El Gordo” might sound familiar to you as its huge jackpots make headlines every year, comes Christmas time. It is simply the world’s biggest and most traditional lottery, and it was about time Australians had the chance to take part on the billions of dollars this lottery distributes every year.
“What’s so special about the Spanish Christmas Lottery?”, you might wonder. Not only it has the biggest lottery jackpot in the world – an incredible $3.35 BILLION this year! – but it also awards tens of thousands of people every year with different cash prizes.
What Is El Gordo?
El Gordo is the common name given to Spain's annual Christmas lottery. The lottery has been running since 1812, so not only is it the biggest lottery in the world, it's also one of the world's oldest. El Gordo therefore differs from contemporary lottos in gameplay. It's a one-off event with no rollovers and tickets come with numbers pre-printed. So think of it as like a really big Christmas raffle – albeit one that pays out $3 billion in prizes!
How Can I Play El Gordo in Australia?
Because you must be a resident of Spain to participate in the official lottery, the simplest and most secure way to play El Gordo is to bet on the results online with Lottoland. Basically you play the game exactly as you would, and you stand to win the exact same prize value – the only difference is we pay out the prizes directly.
How Does El Gordo Work?
The idea behind the Spanish Christmas lottery is to spread as much wealth around as possible. Tickets are sold with different ticket numbers, each ticket number consists of five digits. Tickets are also printed in series of 160. So say you have a ticket number 12345, there would also be up to 159 other people with the exact same ticket as you – and potentially you could all win a big prize.
El Gordo Commercial 2016
How Much Does a Ticket for the Christmas Lottery Cost?
At Lottoland you can select which ticket number you want, and decide if you wish to buy a full ticket or not. A full ticket costs $349.99, but generally in Spain people pool their money to buy 1/10 tickets, called decimos. Again the idea being to share your winnings with your friends, family and neighbours. One tenth Decimos are available at Lottoland for for $49.99. We also offer even smaller portions, 1/100th of a ticket, for $6.99. A small price to pay this Christmas for the chance to win big on El Gordo!
How Much Can I Win?
The top "El Gordo" prize is worth €4 million, or approx. $6 million. Unlike big lottos like EuroMillions, however, where the prizes are huge but the odds against you are in the high millions, your chance of hitting El Gordo is just 1:100,000!
There are 17 different ways to win in total, and overall you have a one in ten chance of winning a prize.
What Does El Gordo Actually Mean?
In Spanish the phrase El Gordo means "the fat", in the case of lotteries that means the big fat prize – i.e. the jackpot. Generally speaking, though, when Spaniards talk about winning "El Gordo" they're referring to the Christmas Lottery, since it has the biggest jackpots of all.
Enjoy the legendary generosity of El Gordo today and you could be looking forward to your happiest Christmas ever! Better still buy tickets for friends and relatives and celebrate El Gordo the Spanish way!