Lucky Catalan town wins El Gordo
21 December 2004, MADRID -The winning number in the traditional El Gordo lottery is 54600 with a prize of EUR 2 million.
21 December 2004
MADRID -The winning number in the traditional El Gordo lottery is 54600 with a prize of EUR 2 million.
The winner bought their number in a shop called La Bruixa D'Or, in Sort near Lleida, in Catalonia, north-east Spain.
It is not the first time someone has won the lottery in Sort, prompting Spaniards to buy their tickets there especially in the hope of winning.
The winning number emerged from the draw within three minutes of the start.
Other prize-winners were in Majorca, Navàs in Barcelona, Jaén in Andalusia and Madrid.
Ticket-holders there will share part of the prize.
The holder of ticket number 45564 won the second prize of EUR 960,000 while the ticket number 23342 won the third EUR 480,000.
Spain has been gripped by lottery fever as it awaited the El Gordo draw, in which players can win a share in EUR 1.8 billion of prize money.
The El Gordo (The Big One) draw, so-called because it is one of the biggest in the world, l takes place over three hours.
There are 66,000 tickets but it is not a simple draw.
Each ticket number is printed 195 times. Then these tickets have ten 'fractions', marked with a number from one to ten.
So in effect, each person has a 'share' in the same ticket, not a unique ticket.
Winners only take a share in the big prize, instead of one person winning the jackpot.
Prizes vary from the top prize of EUR two million to the smallest at one thousand.
The El Gordo draw is more a national institution than a lottery prize with few people expecting to get the top prize.
The parts of Spain where winners have traditionally come from have included Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Zaragoza, Málaga and Cádiz.
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Subject: Spanish news