El Gordo is a popular weekly lottery game played in Spain.
This game is often confused with the similarly named Christmas lottery draw
that offers huge jackpots on December 22 each year, known elsewhere as the
Spanish Sunday Lottery, with the expression “El Gordo” often being used to
describe the fat jackpot prize for all Spanish lottery
El Gordo draws take place on Sundays at 21:30 local
Entry costs €1.00.
To enter, choose five numbers between 1 and 54, plus a
Superball number between 0 and 9. Numbers can be manually
selected, or go for Quick Pick to play with randomly generated numbers.
System Entry allows players to pick additional numbers to increase their
chances of winning, whereas Advance Play enables participants to enter draws up
to 2 weeks in advance.
El Gordo has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €5
This rollover lottery is not capped, with jackpot prizes often growing
significantly higher than the minimum guaranteed figure as a result.
The biggest ever winning El Gordo jackpot was €33 million on July 14,
The odds of winning the El Gordo jackpot are 1 in 31,625,100. Not only are
these reasonable odds for winning a lottery jackpot of this size, but the
chances of winning secondary prizes are attractive too.
Players can win El Gordo prizes at nine different tiers, with the overall
odds of winning a prize at 1 in 6.1.
Players have three months to claim El Gordo prizes, which are paid out as
lump sums only.
Lottery prizes exceeding €40,000 are subject to 20% income tax in Spain, but
overseas players should also check local tax laws to find out if they need to
pay further tax at home.
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy lottery
tickets in Spain.
El Gordo tickets can be purchased from lottery outlets across Spain or via
the official Loterías y Apuestas del Estado website and app.
Overseas players can enter El Gordo online via selected Lottery Agent
El Gordo was launched in 1993, having kept its current format since