El Gordo: Spain's lottery winners strike it lucky in world's richest draw

Hundreds of individuals are sharing the €2.2bn (£1.9bn) prize pot on the planet’s richest lottery.

A minimum of 10 folks may have shared the €4m ‘El Gordo’ jackpot, in the event that they purchased successful quantity 26590.

The precise selection of winners may not be recognized for some time because the tickets are divided into segments that let folks to shop for a percentage of the prize winnings.

The successful quantity, value €400,000 (£341,000) for each and every of the similar ten successful tickets, tumbled out of huge steel shuffling containers all through a are living televised match.

The winners gained €20,000 (£17,040) for each and every euro spent on a €20 (£17) price ticket.

El Gordo, which means “the fats one”, is a part of an annual Christmas lottery custom – held each and every yr on 22 December – that has an enormous general prize haul, together with a lot of smaller prizes.

There are stocks of a 2nd prize of €1.25m (£1.07m), a 3rd prize of €500,000 (£426,000) and lots of important lesser quantities, with nine,999 tickets providing a prize of €200 (£170).

The successful tickets have been bought within the north-eastern provinces of Tarragona and Barcelona, in central Madrid and Salamanca, and in southern Alicante, Murcia and Seville.

Youngsters from Madrid’s San Ildefonso college introduced the successful quantity all through the draw on the town’s Teatro Actual opera space.

Tiny wood balls akin to the prizes roll down chutes from the 2 large containers and are sung out by means of the kids all through the three-hour gala.

Lottery balls are dropped into a rotating drum before the start of Spain's Christmas lottery
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Lottery balls are dropped right into a rotating drum earlier than the beginning of Spain’s Christmas lottery

Households, pals and associates purchase tickets in combination as a part of a iciness vacation custom.

They then accumulate round televisions, radios or cellphones to practice the draw.

The nationwide lottery used to be established as a charity in 1763 all through the reign of King Carlos III. Its purpose later become to shore up state coffers. It additionally is helping a number of charities.

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