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Lottery Fever


Spain has suffered its usual annual lottery fever.

Christmas is the time when the ‘Sorteo extraordinario de Navidad‘ is drawn, reportedly the world’s richest lottery bonanza, sharing out total wins in amount of 2,201,500,000 € (3.1 Billion US$), including ‘El Gordo‘ (the ‘Fat One’).

The lucky day (for many) was yesterday. The main prize went to the lucky number 06381, paying out the sum of 3,000,000 €. However, the payout is shared by hundreds of lucky winners, as the lottery tickets in Spain run in 185 series of the same numbers and are also usually bought in decimo shares at a ticket price of 20 € each. In any case, each winning tenth of a ticket will receive 300,000 €.

Newspapers in Palma de Mallorca published their 2nd edition of the day with hot off the press information about all the winning numbers, within two hours of the close of the draw.

A fifth prize was won in Mallorca’s second largest city, Manacor, with a shared payout of 9,100,000 €. ¡Enhorabuena!

The draw, with the winning numbers and the corresponding amounts won sung out as every year by school children of the San Ildefonso school in Madrid, was again broadcast live on Spanish National Television.

In all, there were 24,667,900 winning decimos on sale for yesterday’s draw. Not many of those remained unsold.


Everybody less lucky yesterday can try their luck again with ‘El Niño‘, the Lotería Nacional’s second biggest draw of the year, which this time will be held on January 6th, 2008, in time for the Reyes Magos (Three Kings). Prize moneys of 770,000,000 € will be paid out, with ‘El Niño‘ coming in at 2,000,000 € (or shares of 200,000 € per decimo). Good luck, if you want to try your lucky stars.

The main photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The date: December 22nd, 2007. The time was 14:59:29. The smaller photo was taken off my TV screen. The date: December 22nd, 2007. The time was 11:16:23.

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