Spanish Christmas lottery winnings in 2019

The El Gordo Christmas lottery (Spanish for “The Fat One”) is considered to be the largest lottery worldwide in terms of payout. The draw, which traditionally takes place on December 22nd, is set to dish out a first prize (El Gordo prize) of four million euros in 2019 among those lottery winners that acquired their décimos or one-tenth tickets, which is the format in which lottery players normally buy their tickets to fortune. What would the Spaniards spend their El Gordo money on? According to the latest surveys, paying off one’s debts! That is what 41.5 percent of Christmas lottery players think they would do if they landed the first prize in 2019.

The price of a chance to amass a fortune

As of 2019, the price of a full El Gordo Christmas lottery number was two hundred euros. That is, the price for a whole ticket, which is then broken up into €20 décimos or tenths of a ticket. Spaniards will oftentimes purchase décimos of different numbers to have more chances at winning a prize at the draw. Regarding the amount of money spent, the average in Castile and Leon was over 105 euros per person, which topped the list of Spanish regions that spent most money on the El Gordo Christmas lottery in 2018. The northern autonomous community of Asturias ranked second, with an average expenditure of almost one hundred euros per person.

El Gordo: popularity and sales

El Gordo sales generated almost three billion euros in 2018, according to the most recent data. Madrid was the autonomous community that generated most revenues, with approximately 481 million euros in 2018. Andalusia and Catalonia ranked second and third the same year, with sales revenues amounting to over 350 million euros in both cases. The sales of El Gordo tickets seemed to have gone well across the country, which featured a positive sales growth in all regions with the exception of Catalonia and Melilla with a slight decrease.

Prizes of the Spanish Christmas lottery (El Gordo) in 2019

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Supplementary notes

*Literally, Spanish for "stone avalanche" or "stone throwing". In the lottery context, it refers to a minor lottery prize.
**One ticket is divided into 10 tenths. The prizes refer to a whole ticket, not a one tenth ticket.

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