In a typical lotto game a player is usually required to pick a batch of numbers from a specified number range as well as an additional bonus number. For example, in the UK National lottery a player must choose 6 main numbers from 1-49 inclusive and then a further bonus number from the same range. To win the jackpot, a player must match all of their six main chosen numbers. If no ticket holder matches all the drawn numbers in a given week, the jackpot is rolled forward to the following week growing in size as it does so.
The Christmas El Gordo lottery draw is very different in this area; only so many tickets are printed for this draw and as a result winners are guaranteed in every draw.
The cost of buying an entire El Gordo ticket (Billete) is also vastly different from buying a ticket in a normal lottery game, like the UK lotto. Buying a ticket for one UK draw will cost a British resident just £1. El Gordo tickets will however set you back EUR200 each. Due to the considerable expense of playing this lottery game, complete tickets are broken down into ten parts (Decimos) costing a more affordable EUR20. It is therefore quite common for groups of friends or family members to split the cost of a ticket in order to make the game a more viable proposition.
In the UK lottery a tiny percentage of people ever win substantial sums of money, with the majority left disappointed every week. This famous Spanish lottery on the other hand gives that winning experience to huay a much larger percentage of individuals. In the 2006 Christmas Spanish lottery draw, EUR3 million was paid out to each of the 180 winning billetes. In the 2005 draw, the winning number was sold in the town of Vic in Catalonia (population 37,825), whose inhabitants shared approximately EUR500 million.
This Spanish lottery also offers up considerably better odds of securing a cash prize compared to that of the UK lotto; you have a very good 1 in 6 chance of grabbing a cash prize compared to 1 in 52 when playing the UK lottery.
When playing lotteries such as the UK lotto, new tickets are generated every time a pound is spent meaning that tickets never run out for any of the weekly draws. The El Gordo is very different because only a certain number of tickets are ever printed and once they are all sold no more are made available.
The El Gordo not only generates huge excitement in its native Spain but now all around the world due to the ever increasing number of online lottery ticket sales agents. It is therefore imperative that you secure your desired number of tickets as soon as they are released, to avoid disappointment.