Spain El Gordo

One first country’s to find a love for lotteries is definitely Spain. One can trace the lotteries in Spain back to at least 1763 when the first ever royal lottery was created by King Charles the 3rd.

El Gordo de La Primitiva is the modern version and most loved national lottery in Spain and boasts impressive jackpots and great secondary prizes as well.

El Gordo History

The first ever Spain National Lottery was released to the Spanish population in 1812 and after over 200 years, the El Gordo de La Primitiva was officially made a distinguished member of the Spanish Lottery Organization the ‘Loterias y Apuestas del Estado’ in 1993.  El Gordo has been a favorite lottery for Spaniards and online players too, for a long time now simply because the fact that the prize money is huge, the odds are great and it is a tradition.  The El Gordo has had some massive jackpots in its short history including a €33,024,545 win in 2011, €27,152,932 in 2008 and €26,214,521 in 2007.

How it Works

The modern El Gordo is as easy as they come; players simply select five numbers from a guess range of one to fifty-four and another number from zero to nine. The bonus number is necessary in order to win the main jackpot and also applies to five secondary prizes.  When choosing your numbers, players have the option of choosing forms of three or six lines or by using a systematic form of 7, 8, 9, or 10 numbers which produces all combinations of selected numbers drastically improving your chances to win.  Whether you pick your lucky digits or have ‘em randomly selected for you, all you need is an internet connection and you can take part in all the action.  The El Gordo is drawn every Sunday and makes for a great way to start the work week.

To win the El Gordo jackpot you’ll need to match all five numbers and the additional number as well.  There are also nine other prize categories offered with lower cash prizes.  The minimum jackpot for the El Gordo is €5 million and there are rollovers galore on a regular basis.  Since the beginning of 2013, any lottery prize over €2,500 is subject to 20% tax.

A large percentage of the proceeds for the El Gordo Lottery Game are donated to Government programs across Italy making your ticket purchase a charitable one.  Programs from Education and Culture to Development and Sports all receive funding from the proceeds of the El Gordo.

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