Spanish Christmas Lottery

On the 22nd of December, a special Spanish Christmas lottery takes place in Spain. It is the biggest and most popular draw of the year with prizes of up to 400.000 euros.

Spanish Christmas Lottery

The winning lottery numbers are sung by kids from San Ildefonso, a boarding school for orphan children.

Christmas in Spain starts on the day this lottery is celebrated, typically with all the tickets spread out on the coffee table and with everyone listening carefully to the TV, as when a big prize is up for grabs, the kids sing even louder.

By lunch time, and after checking in with all the friends and family members to find out if anyone has gotten lucky.

News channels will be full of stories of the happy winners and champagne celebrations in all the places the winning numbers have been sold.

Meanwhile the rest of the country will just be claiming: “Oh well, at least we have our health!”

Spanish Christmas Lottery
Spanish Christmas Lottery in Spain / Pixabai

Christmas lottery prizes

There are 13 special lucky numbers, the biggest one being called “El Gordo” (the fat one). There are also over 1500 smaller prizes that will get you 250 euros per ticket.

Where do people buy tickets?

While there are official shops called Administraciones de Loteria, the Christmas lottery is sold everywhere with businesses, shops and bars selling the same number year after year.

This gets tricky as no one wants to be left behind and you will end up purchasing one number shared with your family, another one with colleagues, one with friends, one from your local butcher, bar, restaurant… and so on. 

With every ticket costing 20€, playing the Christmas lottery can get very expensive.

Spanish Christmas Lottery
Spanish Christmas Lottery in Spain / Pixabai

The official Spanish Chritsmas lottery website

The official website is this one. You can purchase tickets in the web (Sorteo extraordinario de Navidad) and also check the winning numbers.

The draw

The winning lottery numbers are sung by kids from San Ildefonso, a boarding school for orphan children.

People from all over Spain will go to Madrid to be in the audience, sometimes in the most bizarre costumes. 

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