It is listed as the largest Christmas lottery in the world.
Spain is in suspense today as citizens wait to see who will win the staggering €2.5 billion in prizes that will be handed out in this year’s El Gordo, the big one, in the country’s annual festive lottery.
The full ticket price of €200 is not cheap, but most people join, buying only part of a ticket.
“Every year I buy a lottery ticket here,” says one woman. “This year I left it until the last day.”
“We came here on Sunday and it was closed and today we had to come again”, says another. “What if I didn’t buy a ticket and it won?”
Doña Manolita’s shop in Madrid is a punter’s favorite as it has had several winners in the past.
The first El Gordo lottery took place in 1812 when the Spanish government established it to raise funds for soldiers fighting Napoleon’s armies. This year will be the 209th draw.