La Primitiva is Spain’s main national lottery game.
Draws are held twice weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays at 21:40 local time, with tickets costing €1.00.
To play, choose six numbers between 1 and 49, or go for a Quick Pick for randomly generated numbers.
Each La Primitiva ticket is printed with a Reintegro number that substantially increases the prize for jackpot winners when matched, in addition to giving a ticket refund when matching the Reintegro number alone.
Players who enter La Primitiva via Lottery Agent websites can also take advantage of System Entry features to increase their chances of winning.
La Primitiva has no secondary games or opportunities to win cash prizes beyond the main draw.
La Primitiva has a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €3 million.
Due to La Primitiva being a rollover lottery that is not capped, jackpot prizes can often grow significantly larger than the minimum guaranteed amount.
The biggest ever La Primitive jackpots are:
- €101.7 million in October 2015.
- €78.6 million in January 2019.
- €73 million in February 2014.
Odds and Prizes
The odds of winning the La Primitiva jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160.
Players can also win over €1 million by matching all six main numbers (without the Reintegro number).
La Primitiva prizes can be won at seven different tiers.
|Prize category||Numbers Matched||Winning Odds||Winning Odds %|
|1||6, plus Reintegro||1 in 139,838,160||0.0000007|
|2||6||1 in 13,983,816||0.000007|
|3||5, plus Bonus Ball||1 in 2,330,636||0.00004|
|4||5||1 in 55,491||0.001|
|5||4||1 in 1,032||0.09|
|6||3||1 in 57||1.75|
|7||Reintegro Only||1 in 10||10|
Payout and Taxes
Players have up to three months to claim La Primitiva winnings, with all prizes being paid out as lump sums only.
Lottery prizes are subject to income tax of 20% on winnings over €40,000 in Spain, with overseas players being advised to check local tax laws concerning the declaration of winnings at home.
Who Can Play La Primitiva?
Players must be at least 18 years of age to buy La Primitiva tickets.
Tickets can be purchased from authorized lottery outlets across Spain, from the official Loterías y Apuestas del Estado website and via the mobile app.
Overseas players can take part in La Primitiva via selected Lottery Agent websites.
History of La Primitiva
La Primitiva’s origins go back hundreds of years, with the first draw taking place in 1763, before being abolished in 1862. The game made its comeback in 1985 using a format similar to that of today.