Exchange rate 113

User Rating: 1 / 5

Star ActiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
 

El Gordo ticketsThe countdown is on here and if you want to feel like a true Spaniard then head down to the lottery kiosk and get in line with the dozen or so others to purchase that much prized "Loteria de Navidad" or El Gordo lottery ticket. The draw takes place this coming Friday, 22 December and virtually everyone here in Spain takes part.

lottery queue You can almost feel the excitement in the air as you walk past long queues outside the lottery shops and kiosks, with everyone hoping to win a slice of hope. There is more than €2,380 million in prize money to be won, but ticket sales close at 5pm on Thursday 21, so don’t leave it till the last minute.


The draw takes place at the Teatro Real de Madrid in Madrid and is broadcast live on Spanish TV channel "La 1" and on the internet from 8am. The actual draw starts at 9am and all bars will have their televisions tuned in. The first ever El Gordo took place in 1812 in the city of Cadiz, but since 1814 it has taken place in the capital.

Lottery drawThe numbers are picked out of two massive spheres and sung out by 40 students from the San Ildefonso school - the entire draws takes about 3 hours. To help you gauge the size of the giant drums, 100,000 small wooden balls, each printed with a 5 digit ticket number are placed in one of them. A laser is used to mark the numbers and the balls are all exactly 19mm in diameter and weigh 3 grams each. The second drum has the prize amounts.


The tickets are pre-printed with a 5 digit number - it´s not like the Euro Millions where you can pick your own numbers. 100,000 tickets are printed and each ticket is printed in numerous series or sets, with one ticket divided up into ten decimos or sections - you can buy either an individual ticket for €20 or the entire sheet, which would set you back €200. This explains why there are always so many winners on the day – but since 2015 any winnings over €2,500 are taxed at 20%.

lottery signBenidorm has sold quite a few of the big prize tickets over the last few years and you can easily identify which outlet has sold them as there are usually very long queues outside, with the vendors proudly displaying their certificates from the lottery commission congratulating them on it.

Good Luck or as they say in Spanish, Buena Suerte and remember, if you don´t win on this one you can always try your hand at the other big Christmas lottery, the "El Niño" which takes place on 6th January!

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

28% OFF

Use code COSTA28

Located in the Old Town

Grupo Aurrera is Tapas Alley

Quote of the day

Accept that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue

Latest Comments

  • Talking with Simon Bird - Line Producer of Benidorm 6

    Bryan 18.04.2018 20:13
    Always loved benidorm but been getting dafter and more surreal.
     
  • Stag & Hens in Benidorm

    Auriol Taylorson 16.04.2018 11:58
    They'll move on soon enough just as they have other resorts. Then they have to try to get families ...
     
  • Stag & Hens in Benidorm

    Elizabeth 16.04.2018 11:57
    Everyone has the right to go on holiday & have a good time - whether it be the stag/hens/weeke ...

News Snippets

  • In the Pink +

    A new pink KitKat made with ruby chocolate is coming to the UK. Already selling well in Japan, it will be available in Tesco stores from April 16. The taste is said to be fruity and smooth, but will come at a premium compared to the current version, of 85p against 60p for the milk chocolate version.
  • Self Service fiasco +

    Sainsbury's are to install CCTV cameras and mirrors at self service tills in 300 stores across the UK due to theft. A study found that £3.2 billion worth of goods are not scanned but bagged each year across self service tills. Surely just easier and cheaper to scrap them and open up more check outs with real people!
  • Retro crisps +

    To mark their 70th anniversary, Walkers are launching a limited edition range of flavours from yesteryear, to celebrate the last six decades. Based on the flavours of Britain's classic dishes, they will include Coronation Chicken, Roast Lamb & Mint, Cheese Fondue, Chicken Tikka Masala, BBQ Rib and Sweet Chilli.
  • 2 for 1 No-Go +

    Plans are being drawn up by Ministers to ban supermarkets from offering two-for-one deals on cakes and biscuits. They also want to extend the ban on junk food adverts to include all family shows such as The X Factor. Good idea or too much interference?
  • No more diesel +

    Toyota have announced that they will stop selling new diesel cars in the UK and Europe by the end of this year. Instead, they will focus on petrol-hyrid cars, which last year accounted for 45 per cent of all UK sales.
  • Prescriptions +

    NHS prescription charges will rise from April 1st by 20p - making the cost of each item £8.80 - it's amazing that anyone in the UK can afford to be ill anymore!
  • 1
Sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive offers and vouchers.


Receive HTML?

Joomla Extensions powered by Joobi

Weather

68°
20°
°F | °C
Sunny
Humidity: 54%
Thu
Sunny
57 | 69
13 | 20
Fri
Partly Cloudy
58 | 69
14 | 20

Upcoming Events

Fri Apr 20 @12:00 - 17:00
Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
Fri Apr 20 @12:00 - 23:00
Elvis Festival - 3 day event
Sat Apr 21 @12:00 - 17:00
Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
Sat Apr 21 @12:00 - 23:00
Elvis Festival - 3 day event
Sun Apr 22 @12:00 - 23:00
Elvis Festival - 3 day event
Sun Apr 22 @20:00 - 23:00
Elvis Extravaganza at Benidorm Palace
Fri Apr 27 @11:00 - 21:00
Benidorm Tattoo Convention
Fri Apr 27 @11:00 -
Aqua Natura opens

Cigarette Prices

  (per carton)

B&H 49.50€
Berkeley 48.50€
Camel 46.50€
Embassy 51.50€
JPS 44€
L&B 47.50€
Marlboro 51.50€
Mayfair 44€
Silk Cut 49.50€

Tobacco 50gm x10

Golden Virginia 89.50€
Old Holborn 90€

mumsnet

What People Say

  • Upto date news and reports on things we have seen featured on tv

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9