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‘The Fats One’ sings: Spain’s Christmas lottery rolls out hundreds of thousands in prizes | Information

Often called ‘El Gordo’, the world’s richest lottery is ready to pay out near $3bn in prizes.

Individuals throughout Spain have been tuning in to look at the televised draw of the Christmas lottery generally known as “El Gordo” (‘The Fats One’), as pupils from Madrid’s San Ildefonso faculty started singing out the prize-winning numbers.

A complete of two.6 billion euros ($2.86bn) in prizes might be distributed this yr, most in small quantities, as Friday’s bulletins have been sung out, as is the custom.

Most individuals purchase fractions of full tickets, with the most typical buy a 20-euro ($22) share, providing a prime prize of 400,000 euros ($440,000).

The 2-centuries-old custom kicks off the festive season and is televised from Madrid’s Teatro Actual opera home, with tens of 1000’s of individuals tuning in to radio stations and watching on-line.

Buying and sharing tickets within the run-up to Christmas is a much-loved custom amongst households and buddies, and is well known in bars, sports activities golf equipment and on the streets.

Youngsters on the faculty within the Spanish capital decide the numbers from amongst 100,000 small picket balls drawn from two massive golden rolling drums, exhibiting the ticket numbers and their corresponding prizes. They sing out each figures, that cadence well-known throughout the nation.

The occasion lasts roughly three and half hours as ticket holders wait in anticipation for the jackpot generally known as “El Gordo” to be referred to as out.

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Individuals in costumes wait earlier than the beginning of the draw of Spain’s conventional Christmas lottery ‘El Gordo’, at Teatro Actual, Madrid, Spain, on December 22, 2023 [Susana Vera/ Reuters]

Whereas different lotteries might have greater particular person prime prizes, El Gordo, held every year on December 22, is ranked because the world’s richest for the overall prize cash concerned.

Spain established its nationwide lottery as a charity in 1763 in the course of the reign of King Carlos III. Its goal later turned to shore up state coffers.

The December 22 lottery started in 1812 and kids have been singing the prizes for the reason that starting.

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