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Spanish El Gordo Syndicate Variety Play


  • Enjoy our Variety Syndicate for extended group play
  • Play ten billetes per syndicate for huge payouts
  • Syndicates capped at 250 shares each
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BONUS: Receive 100 jackpot-prize entries for two draws in Spain’s 6/49 Lotto
€10,000 Bonus Draw

€10,000 Bonus Draw

BONUS: Automatic entry into a €10,000 in-house bonus draw

About El Gordo

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El Gordo—a lottery so big all you have to do is say its name to feel the force of it. With as high as a 98% rate of participation among Spanish-resident adults and a record payout of over €2.5 billion for a single draw, this is the Godzilla of lotteries. An annual Christmas draw, Spaniards delight in the holiday cheer with 17 extraordinary prize categories and thousands of winning combinations.

Why Play?

There are so many amazing features to the Christmas Lottery. With jackpot odds approximately an amazing 1/100,000, overall estimated odds an even more amazing 1/7, at least 70% of ticket sales contributing to the prize pool of over €2 billion, and an estimated mind-boggling total number of prizes pushing 2.5 million, you can’t miss out on the biggest event of the holiday season—El Gordo!

Format

El Gordo is the largest of three annual Sorteo Extraordinario raffles in Spain and they all have similar draw formats and ticket-allocation methods. Raffle tickets (billetes) each contain a five-digit number. Each billete is printed multiple times in their own series (serie) due to the popularity of the raffle; the amount of serie produced varies year to year. Identical billetes will each have their own unique serie number. A décima is the equivalent of a tenth of a billete and can be purchased individually in exchange for a tenth of the prize amount. The product of serie and billete/décimas represent the grand total of shares at stake.

Each five-letter number and each prize value are laser printed on balls and placed respectively into two spherical drums (bombos), from where they are drawn to match a number with a prize. The raffle begins with La Pedrea prizes. Pedrea roughly translates to “stoning” or “avalanche” but here it refers to a “shower,” as in a “shower of prizes,” or less contextually, an “avalanche of pebbles.” La Pedrea symbolizes all of the secondary prizes before the raffle moves on to its jackpot, El Gordo!

History

With such a distinctive flavour of course comes a storied history and a very unique format. Formally called, since 1892, the Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad (“Extraordinary Christmas Draw”) or the Lotería de Navidad (“Christmas Lottery”) for short, the lottery as a whole borrows its colloquial name, El Gordo (“The Big One” or “The Fat One”), from the nickname of its jackpot prize.

Its inaugural draw occurred in 1812 in the city of Cadiz; it shifted to Madrid two years later where it has stayed ever since. The winning numbers were sung aloud by students at the Colegio de Educación Infantil y Primaria San Ildefonso. The school primarily functioned as an orphanage in the 19th century, and it was believed that, as orphans, the children would be less susceptible to bribes or cheats in announcing the raffle results. And although a regular school now, for tradition its students still sing El Gordo numbers to this day.

Draw Days

Draw Days

Every 22 December in Madrid

Record Jackpot

Record Jackpot

Over €2 billion

Annual Payout

Annual Prize Payout

Over €2 billion

Draw Format

Draw Format

Classic raffle format with unique methods for ticket assignment and prize allocation

Why Play

Why Play

  • World’s richest lottery
  • Payouts per draw in excess of €2 billion
  • As high as 98%-participation rate among Spanish-resident adults
  • Over 15,000 ways to win with every ticket
  • More than 2.4 million prizes
  • Seventeen extraordinary prize categories with thousands of winning combinations
  • Annual festive event of jubilation in all of Spain
  • All winnings are awarded in a lump sum, with no commissions deducted
El Gordo lottery prizes of more than €2,500 will be subject to a 20% tax deduction by the Spanish government, in accordance with legislation.
Level
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
Approximate Payout per Billete
Prize Category
First Prize (El Gordo)
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
1
Prize Value
€4,000,000
Prize Category
Second Prize
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
1
Prize Value
€1,250,000
Prize Category
Third Prize
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
1
Prize Value
€500,000
Prize Category
Fourth Prize
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
2
Prize Value
€200,000
Prize Category
Fifth prize
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
8
Prize Value
€60,000
Prize Category
The two numbers before and after the first-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
2
Prize Value
€20,000
Prize Category
The two numbers before and after the second-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
2
Prize Value
€12,500
Prize Category
The two numbers before and after the third-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
2
Prize Value
€9,600
Prize Category
Sixth Prize (La Pedrea)
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
1,794
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same first three digits as the first-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
99
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same first three digits as the second-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
99
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same first three digits as the third-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
99
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same first three digits as the fourth-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
198
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same last two digits as the first-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
999
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same last two digits as the second-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
999
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same last two digits as the third-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
999
Prize Value
€1,000
Prize Category
Numbers with the same last digit as the first-prize number
Number of Prizes / Winning Combinations
9,999
Prize Value
€200
*Odds and prize pools vary year to year depending on available serie and ticket sales

Our exclusive, in-house bonus draw is one of the many little ways we say thank you to all of our customers. This special prize straight from us is worth an incredible €10,000 and is the lucky winner’s to keep, independent of any of their lottery winnings from The Lottery Centre (The Lottery Centre). What’s more, no additional purchase is required, as your entry into the draw is automatic. Think of it as a gift from our family to yours!

Prize Draw Rules:

No purchase is necessary for the Bonus-Prize Draw entry. To be eligible, follow the instructions in this offer. You will be entered in the first available draw on receipt of your entry. A new draw will be held every year on or about 31 December and the winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received prior to that date. You must be 18 years of age or older to qualify. The prize winner will be notified by telephone or letter within 30 days of the draw. To obtain the name of the Prize Draw Winner send a self-addressed envelope to: "The Lottery Centre Grand-Prize Winner's Name," International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited (IMME), PO Box 206, 8 Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM99 1YY. Please direct any other enquiries to this address at "ATTN: Customer-Service Department." The first prize is as stated herein. This Prize Draw is used in various other offers of International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited (IMME), also trading as The Lottery Centre. The first prize may be represented by cash, merchandise, or travel, depending on the promotion. Accordingly, it may be advertised using different graphic representations or featured prizes. Winners of travel or merchandise prizes may substitute a cash amount which will not exceed €10,000.00 or the equivalent amount in the winner’s preferred currency at the prevailing exchange rate at the time of drawing. The odds of winning vary depending upon the amount of entries received but will be the same for entrants who have purchased as for free entrants. Employees, agents, and contractors (and their family members) of International Multi-Media Entertainments Limited (IMME), also trading as The Lottery Centre, and its affiliated or associated companies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. The sponsor accepts no legal liability in the event of a dispute.
The guaranteed prize win for your group, as stated in this offer, is based on the minimum prize awarded by the lottery, which we can assure by using our ticket-number selection system. The prize is divided among the group according to the number of shares held by each member. The Spanish Lotto Jackpot-Prize (Division One) Pool is eligible to win the first-place prize only. The Prize Pool will play 100 sets of pre-assigned lotto numbers. In order to win, the six main winning numbers in a draw must be matched. You will take part as a Prize Pool member in the draws indicated in this offer providing your order is received and processed by our internal processing deadline date. The group of participants in the Prize Pool will vary based on response. Jackpot (Division One) winners will be notified immediately and all participants are guaranteed their full part of the prize money according to the number of shares they hold. This prize pool may be used in various offers of IMME or its affiliated companies.
†† The Spanish Lotto Jackpot-Prize (Division One) Pool is eligible to win the first-place prize only. The Prize Pool will play 100 sets of pre-assigned lotto numbers. In order to win, the six main winning numbers in a draw must be matched. You will take part as a Prize Pool member in the next available 52 draws after your order is received and processed. The group of participants in the Prize Pool will vary based on response. Jackpot (Division One) winners will be notified immediately and all participants are guaranteed their full part of the prize money according to the number of shares they hold. This prize pool may be used in various offers of IMME or its affiliated companies.

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