El Gordo (the fat one) is actually the nickname of the top prize-winning ticket number. El Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad -the Christmas Lottery - has been played since 1812 and currently has a top prize of €4 million for one ticket (consisting of 10 décimos). Winnings under €2500 are tax-free.
About El Gordo
The draw takes place at 9am on December 22nd. You can check the winning results here shortly after the live draw.
An estimated 14% of people will win a prize when playing El Gordo, the Spanish Christmas Lottery. Get your tickets quickly to be in with a chance!
The most common final digit of winning El Gordo tickets are 4 and 8. You might find people asking what the final number is when they purchase a ticket.
You can win a prize by matching any part of the winning El Gordo ticket code. El Gordo pays out over €2.2 billion in prizes!
El Gordo holds the record for the biggest lottery in the world, with over €2.3 billion paid out in prizes each year.
How to play
Just like a raffle, you purchase a décimo (1/10th) or a ticket to play El Gordo. There are around 170 series each with 170 tickets available.