The El Gordo is by far the richest and best known lottery draw in the world. The El Gordo, or the Fat One as it’s known around the world is held in Spain on 22nd December every year with a prize pool that far outweighs any other in the world, at around €2.5 billion!
For years, holidaymakers have purchased tickets for the El Gordo while on their week away and then kept hold of the tickets until they return to the country. Now of course that isn’t necessary as it’s possible to buy tickets for the El Gordo from anywhere in the world.
It’s the €2.5 billion prize pool that draws players into the El Gordo, and of course the great odds of winning. Unlike other lottery draws around the world, the El Gordo Lottery doesn’t offer a huge inflated jackpot, but rather lots of lots of €2 million and smaller prizes, easily making it one of the most popular, and best run lottery draws anywhere in the world.
For the El Gordo draw, there’s no choosing of numbers, rather you are allocated a ticket, a little like a raffle tickets. This does mean that once all the allotted tickets are sold, there are no more and since the advent of the Internet, tickets have sold out fast! Tickets aren’t cheap and are usually purchased in blocks of ten, but to make it more affordable, just do what the Spanish do, buy tickets as a group and make the draw a holiday event.
All across Spain, the El Gordo draw is a National Event, with whole villages, towns and communities chipping together to buy tickets for the draw. The draw itself takes hours to hold, with balls drawn from different ball pools to create the winning number combination. In Spain, players take the day off and watch the draw, coming together and sharing wins as a community, and there’s nothing stopping players around the world adding the El Gordo and the lottery jackpots on offer to their Christmas tradition too.