El Gordo Results Live: Spanish Christmas Lottery Winning Numbers Drawn Today

The winning number in this year’s Christmas lottery in Spain – popularly known as El Gordo or The Fat One – is 71198.

The lucky five-digit figure that will see thousands of winners take home a share of the massive prize of €4 million (£3,543,720) was sung out by two children from San Ildefonso school in Madrid this morning.

The second prize number this year was 51244 (€1,250,000 or £1,107,412) while the third prize number was 06914 (€500,000 or £442,965).

The fourth prize number is 13378, and winners with this number can take home €200,000 or £177,064.

Fifth places prizes, worth €60,000 (£53,119) are for those with the following numbers: 58808, 05431, 37872, 18065, 03278, 00580, 24982, 22253.

El Gordo – which translates as ‘The Fat One’ – is the undisputed largest lottery in the world in terms of the total prize money on offer.

The top prize is €4million, but although other lottery draws have a much more substantial grand prize, El Gordo has a total fund of £2bn (€2.3bn) – the largest anywhere in the world.

However the draw is governed by a complex set of rules, which state 70 per cent of the money people have spent on tickets must be distributed as prizes, with the rest kept by the state and official ticket sales.

The format is also unique. Emulating something more like an old school raffle, lines are sold with different numbers with each line consisting of five digits. For example, 12345.

Tickets are printed in series of hundreds which means there could be dozens of other people with the exact same numbers – and all could potentially share the massive prize.

Each person with a winning ticket will share the number with nine other people – meaning they each get a 10 per cent share worth €400,000. 

There are a total of 15,304 prizes including 1,794 prizes of €1,000 each as a ‘consolation prize’ or the so-called ‘pedrea’.

The hugely popular draw first took place in 1812 and has been held on 22 December every year since.

Standard tickets cost €200 (£177) but people traditionally pool resources and buy shares in multiple tickets with friends, family or workmates.

Or customers can opt in and spend €20 (£17) on a one-tenth share of a ticket.

Spaniards spend an average of €55 (£49) on tickets each year, according to reports.

Traditionally betting on the Spanish Christmas Lottery was for residents of Spain only, but times have changed and now gamblers from across the globe can sharing in the top prizes.

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