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El Gordo de Navidad – 3 million Euros

Now I feel Christmassy at last! On the TV behind me the children from the Colegio de San Ildefonso Naomí­ Sánchez y Bryan Lafebreare are singing the winning numbers and prize amounts for this year’s Christmas ‘El Gordo’ lottery. Forget all the other celebrations in Spain this Christmas, this is the big one. There are hundreds of prizes to be picked throughout the morning, but the biggest prize of all, the ‘Gordo’ (3,000,000 Euros), has already been picked, at 9.50 a.m. – see my youtube video below:

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Each ticket is divided into participations which may be sold in different parts of Spain, and it seems that this year there are ‘Gordo’ ticket winners in Vitoria, Alicante, Benidorm, Onil (Alicante), Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Santiponce (Sevilla), Almazán (Soria) and Valencia – with the lion’s share going to Soria.

Discuss the lottery in this forum post
Our Notes in Spanish podcast on the lottery can be found here.