There is a wide range of Spanish lotto games and sometimes online lottery players can get a little confused when it comes to all these incredible games. We hope that this short article will help with regards to all the amazing games and the different variations of the El Gordo Spanish lottery.
If there’s one country that loves playing the lottery and has a multitude of games available to play, its Spain.
With lotteries in Spain dating back to the 18th century, it’s no wonder that there are so many lotteries and raffles to choose from. Variety is the spice of life – and Spain certainly knows how to do that!
While there might be a good few lotto games in Spain, the one thing they all have in common is the fact that they have been created in order to raise funds for the Spanish royal treasury.
La Primitiva was the first Spanish lottery, which began its operation in 1763 & the world-famous Spanish Christmas lottery, the special El Gordo de Navidad began its operation in 1812.
Spanish lotteries and raffles:
La Primitiva - Weekly lottery
El Gordo de La Primitiva - Weekly lottery
El Gordo de Navidad - Spanish Christmas Raffle
El Gordo del Nino - Spanish New Year Raffle
San Ildefonso - Spanish Summer Lottery
El Gordo Nacional Extra - Spanish Monthly Lottery
There are 3 types of Spanish El Gordo lotto games:
- Weekly lotto
- Monthly lotto
Weekly Spanish lotteries:
Spanish lottery ElGordo weekly is conducted in a similar fashion as a typical lottery game. This means that El Gordo lottery players choose 5 main numbers from a pool of 54 numbers. Player also choose one additional number from another pool of numbers.
There are 6 weekly draws of the BonoLoto, making it the most active lottery in Spain and one of the most active national lotteries around the world.
There is one weekly draw of both the El Gordo de la Primitiva, which takes place on Sunday night, and two weekly draws of La Primitiva, which occur on Thursday and Saturday night.
Spanish lotto draws take place in the state lottery headquarters in Madrid.
Monthly El Gordo
The El Gordo lottery was launched on 29 October 1993 and was set up exactly the same as La Primitiva and draws were held monthly. In 2005, rules have changed, draw happens once a week, every Sunday at 9:00 pm Spain time.
Loteria Nacional Extra series
Spanish lottery “El Gordo Nacional Extra” is played every month. In December, January and July there is an additional lottery game, which maintains the same playing format like “ElGordo Nacional Extra.”
December - “ElGordo de Navidad” (Spanish Christmas raffle)
January - “ElGordo del Nino” (New Year Raffle)
July - “San Ildefonso” (Summer El Gordo)
Spains Christmas Raffle “El Gordo de Navidad” is a special variation of Spanish monthly lotto “El Gordo Nacional Extra”. Those special monthly lotteries offer much bigger prizes to win compared with the regular monthly Spanish lotteries.
Summer El Gordo - San Ildefonso
One of the “Sorteos Extraordinarios” which is offered in the Loteria Nacional Extra series is the Summer El Gordo, also known as the July Raffle.
This annual Spanish raffle is held on the first Saturday of every July and gives players the opportunity to win their share of a €140 million prize pool.
There are ten guaranteed jackpot prizes of €2 million each (the jackpot pool amounts to €20 million), and 378,000 individual prizes up for grabs.
The Summer El Gordo Raffle has extremely good winning odds of 1 in 3, with all winnings being paid out as a lump sum.
Just like the legendary El Gordo de Navidad (Spanish Christmas raffle), the Summer El Gordo is also played as a raffle-style game.
Players choose a number between 0 and 99,999 – thus, players have a total of 100,000 numbers to choose from. All 100,000 numbers are sold ten times across ten books (also known as “series”), with each series being divided into ten tickets, or “decimos”.
Each number can be played a total of 100 times. Players are able to buy all the available tickets for one number. This will guarantee them the maximum prize in the event of that number being picked.
Alternatively, they are able to select individual tickets for different numbers and thus receive 1/10th of the prize apportioned to the book if that number turns out to be the winning one.
El Gordo de Navidad Raffle
The most exciting day in Spain: 22 December. This is the day that the El Gordo de Navidad Spanish Christmas Raffle takes place and the draw has the whole country dreaming of winning.
The Spanish Christmas raffle, El Gordo or 'The Fat One', is of the oldest lotto games, having started in 1812. While the first prize is currently 4 million Euros, El Gordo has the biggest prize pool of any lottery in the world, last year totalling over two billion euros.
Over 1800 numbers are picked to win a prize between €1,000 and €4 million, and even if you don’t win "El Gordo", there’s a massive 1-in-7 chance of winning a prize!
Tickets can be split into "decimos" - tenths. If you buy a single decimo then you can only win a tenth of the prize that the ticket wins. There are 160 series - each series has a jackpot of 4 million Euros and around 15,000 smaller prizes. Each series has 100,000 tickets - numbered 00,000 to 99,999.
Loteria Del Niño – Spanish New Year Raffle
Lotería del Nino follows the Lotería de Navidad Spanish Christmas Raffle on January 6th.
The Lotería del Nino is an annual Spanish lottery operated by the Loteria Nacional and offers prizes totalling €700 million and 50 jackpot prizes worth €2 million for a full ticket.
Winning odds on the Spanish New Year Raffle are 1:100,000 and players have a 1:3 chance of taking home a prize.
There are 37,000 winning combinations on every ticket.
La Primitiva is the national lottery of Spain and everyone in Spain and across the globe love playing this lottery.
La Primitiva was founded in 1763 by the Marquis of Esquilache who was a statesman of King Charles III. Like all Spanish lotteries, La Primitiva was intended to create more funds for the Spanish Treasury.
The original version of the La Primitiva was played with 5 numbers out of 90 possible (5/90) while the current version that was established in 1985 is played with 6 numbers out of 49 possible (6/49).
The lottery is no longer run by the Spanish royal family but is instead run by Organismo Nacional de Loterías y Apuestas del Estado which is a government body of Spain.
La Primitiva is drawn twice a week. The first draw is on Thursday and the second on Saturday. Both days the numbers are drawn at 1.am IST (7.30 pm UTC).
As it is a 6/49 game all you need to do is match six numbers correctly and this Spanish lotto jackpot could be yours.
Which is the Biggest Spanish Lottery?
In the case of the El Gordo de la Primitiva, the jackpot is often greater than €10 million, while the El Gordo de Navidad’s prize pool is €2.3 Billion with a top jackpot prize of 4 million.
Which Spanish Lottery Has the Best Odds?
Based on the three Spanish lotteries discussed El Gordo de La Primitiva, La Primitiva and BonoLotto, La Primitiva has the best winning odds.
La Primitiva’s odds are 1 in 13.9 million. These odds are actually the same as the BonoLoto, but La Primitiva also has a “bonus” jackpot that is paid out to players who match all 6 numbers in addition to one bonus number.
All Spanish lotteries have very good lottery odds. For a lottery of its size, the La Primitiva has very low jackpot odds of 1 in 31.6 million, which means you have a greater chance of winning!
Overall, Spanish lotteries have some of the best odds around and you begin to see just how impressive these odds are when you compare them to other major lotteries. The US Mega Millions, for instance, has odds of over 1 in 302 million, while the Italian SuperEnaLotto has odds of 1 in 622 million.
Play Spanish lotteries online
The great thing about the Spanish lotteries and raffles is that there are draws that take place most days of the week – which is proof that the Spanish love playing the lottery!
If you’re just as crazy about lotteries as they are, enter today and be part of the exciting Spanish lotteries today.
It’s never too early to get into the festive spirit, and with the world’s biggest raffle eclipsing all other prize money with a monster 2,380,000,000 EUR, now is the perfect time to play El Gordo de Navidad Raffle tickets online!