Frequent question: How does the Spanish national lottery work?

How does the lottery in Spain work?

How does the Spanish Christmas Lottery work? The Spanish Christmas Lottery works more like a raffle than a lottery. There are no lottery balls; instead, there are two huge drums that contain all the purchased tickets – just like a raffle. Each ticket has a number between 00000 and 99999.

How does the El Gordo lottery work?

For El Gordo you buy a pre-printed ticket with your number. There are 100,000 different numbers in the Spanish Christmas lottery. These 100,000 numbers range from 00000 to 99999 and are on the lottery balls which tumble around inside a giant rotating drum on the day of the El Gordo lottery draw.

What are the chances of winning the Spanish lottery?

Chances of winning El Gordo are 1 in 100,000, that is 0.001%, while chances of winning the top prize of EuroMillions are 1 in 139,838,160 or 0.00000072%. Non-winners are known to claim “it’s health that really matters” after losing.

How many numbers do you need to win the lottery in Spain?

If you have all six matching numbers, you’ve won the jackpot. This can be as high as 66 million euros! For matching fewer numbers, there are smaller prizes. The Lotería Nacional, or National Lottery, is also a state lottery, with tax exemption for the winners.

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Can a foreigner win the Spanish lottery?

It is all thanks to the laws of Spain when it comes to lotteries. Thanks to the Spanish Gaming Authority, a player does not have to be a resident of Spain to play the lottery and win a prize.

How much does a lottery ticket cost in Spain?

Standard tickets cost 20 euros and people traditionally chip in and buy shares in several tickets with friends, family or workmates. It is designed so as many people as possible snag a win or at least break even with cash prizes doled out across the country.

How much does an El Gordo ticket cost?

Since a full “El Gordo ticket,” which costs €200, is too expensive for many players, people often buy one-tenth of a ticket, entitling them to a 10% share. For those lucky winners, their €400,000 prize netted them about €325,000 after taxes.

How much does a ticket cost for the biggest lottery in Spain?

Almost everyone in Spain buys one or more tickets for “El Gordo” Spanish Christmas lottery with an average cost of 70 euros per person,” the website added.

Do you pay tax on lottery winnings in Spain?

Taxation of lottery prizes in Spain

The right to collect Christmas lottery prizes expires after 3 months and in general terms, lottery prizes are subject to Non-Resident Income Tax in Spain.

How do I claim my El Gordo winnings?

How and when do I cash my prizes? When you register and play for the first time we open you an account in After every draw you play and win the prizes money will be added inmeatly to this account. From here you can take out the amount you wish, just appliying for it from your client intranet.

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