Join us at Lottoland as we get closer to Spain’s biggest draw of the year.
El Gordo, the Spanish Christmas Lottery (officially Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad or simply Lotería de Navidad is a national lottery. In the Spanish-speaking and the English-speaking media it is sometimes just called El Gordo, even though that name really refers to the grand prize for all Spanish lotteries. It has been organized every year since 1812 The name Sorteo de Navidad was used for the first time in 1892.
The Spanish Christmas lottery is the second longest continuously running lottery in the world. This includes the years during the Spanish Civil War when the lottery draw was held in Valencia after the Republicans were forced to relocate their capital from Madrid. After the overthrow of the Republican government the lottery continued uninterrupted under the Franco regime.
As measured by the total prize payout, the Spanish Christmas Lottery is considered the biggest lottery worldwide. In 2017, with 165 million pre-printed €20 tickets to sell (décimos), the maximum total amount available for all prizes would be €2.31 billion (70% of ticket sales). The total prize for the first place El Gordo (“the big one”) jackpot would be €720 million.