The Ultimate El Niño Lottery Guide - 2018

It’s that time of the year again – which means there’s millions to be won right here at on Loteria del Niño or El Niño as its commonly called across the world!

What is Loteria Del Niño?

El Niño is Spain’s popular New Year’s raffle, and this year’s prize pool has an amazing €700 million up for grabs!

Just when online lottery players thought the legendary Spanish Christmas Lottery with its staggering prize-fund of 2.3 billion had all the bells and whistles, Loteria del Niño (the second-largest lottery in Spain) has also arrived, giving lottery players even more to play for over the festive season.

With the El Gordo de Navidad meaning the Fat One, it’s no surprise that El Niño means “little one” or “child” in Spanish. Don’t let the name fool you though, as there’s nothing tiny about its prize pool!

In fact, the prize pool for 2018 is an amazing €700 million!

For those thinking that they will rather stick on only buying their usual lottery tickets…. what if we told you that you have a 1 in 3 chance of winning a seriously huge lottery prize on the Spanish New Year’s Eve Raffle, El Niño?

Sounds pretty amazing now doesn’t it?

El Nino Raffle, Spanish New Year Raffle

Loteria Del Niño Facts:

  • El Niño is one of the world’s biggest lottery events.
  • Each year, El Niño pays out millions in prizes and for 2018 the total estimated prize pool is €700 MILLION!
  • Your chances of winning a prize are better than 1 in 3.
  • You have a 1 in 100,000 chance of winning the top prize worth €2 million!
  • Spain’s El Niño is known for handing out prize after prize.While smaller than the El Gordo de Navidad Christmas Raffle.
  • There are an incredible 37,920 prizes available per series.
  • 100,000 tickets are issued with numbers between 00,000 – 10,000.
  • Each ticket is divided into 10 parts called decimas.
  • Players can buy an entire ticket or as little as 1 decima for a portion of the winnings

El Niño New Year Raffle Format

When it comes down to the rules of the El Niño New Year Raffle, they are similar to that of the El Gordo Christmas Raffle:

The game has 100,000 numbers, which must be chosen from 00000 to 99999. This is called a number that is printed on the ticket in advance.

Each ticket prints 10 times and tickets are available for sale – a “Share”, “Decimo” and “Fraccion”. These are the same number, but they have different barcodes. Each of such tickets is called “Billete”.

Each lottery ticket is printed with different barcode and a unique series. Each series of notes on the ticket, wherein said bar code and unique number.

100,000 Numbers X 50 10 series X Shares each = 50 million prize.

For one ticket you can get up to 37,000 combinations.

Winnings may be different, the amount of 20 Euros or up to 2 million Euros.

As you can see, the rules are simple, and the chances of winning are huge – which is exactly what we at stand for!

Lottery players need to remember that with each ticket being made up of 10 parts (called decimas), means that you do not need to buy the entire ticket. You can simply buy shares of a ticket instead - for a share of the winnings.

For example, if you get 1 decima – which is 1/10th of a full ticket – you’ll receive 1/10th of the prize money if that ticket wins. Unlike the lottery though, the El Niño Raffle is not shy when it comes to giving away prizes.

There are 37,920 prizes to win in each series – meaning there are over 1.7 million prizes handed out in total each year!

Let’s take a closer look at the El Niño prize tiers:
History of the Spain’s El Niño lottery

Loteria Del Nino translates to “little one” or “child” in Spain. Due to the fact that it’s drawn every year on January 6th, the New Year Spanish Raffle was named after the ‘Adoration of the Magi’, when the three kings came to give gifts to baby Jesus (“el nino”).

“Sorteo Extraordinario del Niño” as it was initially called, was first created in 1941. Back then the draw took place annually on January 5 until 2000. It was then that the draw was moved to January 5 in Midrid.
Reasons to buy an El Niño Raffle ticket online today:

  • It’s the second largest raffle in the world.
  • The total prize money amounts to almost 700 million Euros.
  • In addition to the main prize there are about several thousand individual prizes.
  • All prizes are awarded to the winners without taxes.
  • Buying an El Niño Raffle ticket online is super easy on – Just click here!

Best of luck!
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