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Christmas Lottery Help & FAQ

Christmas comes early for so many people on 22 December, the day of the big Spanish Christmas Lottery draw. Within our Help & FAQ section you will find all the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the Spanish Christmas Lottery.

1. What is the El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery?

The El Gordo ‘Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad’ is an annual lottery that takes place on December 22nd in Madrid, Spain. It is the biggest lottery in the world when measured by prize pool size. The estimated prize pool for this year’s draw is currently £2.1 billion as of 07/11/2016.

At Lottoland you can bet on the outcome of this draw and win the same prizes as if you had bought tickets for the official draw in Madrid.

2. How does the El Gordo work??

El Gordo works more like a raffle than a lottery. There are no lottery balls, but rather tickets that are picked out of two huge containers, or drums – just like a raffle.

Players purchase tickets and each ticket has a number between 00000 and 99999. When the draw takes place, players win a prize if the numbers on their ticket match a ticket drawn from the drum.

The total prize pool is broken down into prize ‘tiers’ and depending on the size of the prize depends on how many prizes there are in that tier. For example, there is only one First Prize drawn, but 1794 prizes of £1,000.

Each prize tier is drawn in turn and takes place over the course of approximately 3 hours on December 22.

More than one person can buy the same ticket

In the El Gordo, there are multiple ‘series’ of tickets, which is another way of saying that more than one person can have the same ticket number.

There are 165 ‘series’ in total, meaning that there are 165 sets of tickets from 00000 to 99999. This means that up to 165 people can potentially have the same ticket number that wins first prize of €4,000,000 (£2,800,000 estimated). They will not share the prize – each individual ticket will win €4,000,000.

You can buy shares of ticket numbers

Each ticket is made up of 100 shares, meaning you can actually buy a single share of a ticket worth 1/100th of the total ticket and costs 1/100th the price. This also means that should that ticket win, the winner gets 1/100th of the prize.


To illustrate, consider the following example:

If a ticket number wins First Prize, then the holder of a ‘full’ ticket would win €4m (£2.8m estimated). A player that holds only a single share of that ticket – or 1/100th – would win one hundred times less: €40k (£28k Estimated).

3. How does betting on El Gordo at Lottoland work?

At Lottoland you are betting on the outcome of the El Gordo draw. You choose a five-digit number between 00000 and 99999 that you think will be drawn on December 22nd in Madrid.

If your number is drawn, then you will win the same prize as if you had purchased a ticket for the official draw in Spain.

If you choose the ‘full number’, you will receive the full cash amount for that prize tier. If you bought a share, or shares, you will receive a percentage of the prize money equivalent to your share.

4. How is El Gordo available at Lottoland?

At Lottoland you are able to bet on the outcome of a wide range of lotteries from around the world including El Gordo. It is the same as betting on any event from around the world, only in this instance, the money that you win is the same as if you had bought the equivalent ticket number for the official El Gordo draw in Madrid.

For more on how our Lotto Betting model works, you can visit "What is Lotto Betting?".

5. When does the El Gordo draw take place?

The El Gordo draw takes place on December 22nd in Madrid and lasts approximately 3 hours.

6. How do I bet on El Gordo at Lottoland?

Click on the Christmas Lottery tab and then start by choosing your number. This is a five-digit number from 00000 – 99999.

After this you have to choose whether you want to buy a full number or a share of a full number. A full number costs £249.99, but you can buy a percentage for as little as £4.99.

Next click ‘Submit’. After this you will be taken through to the shopping cart where you can complete your purchase.

7. How much does it cost to bet on El Gordo at Lottoland?

How much it costs depends on the number share you decide to purchase.

Our cheapest number share is £4.99, this is for 1/100th of a number.

The larger the share you bet the more you will save. For instance, if you purchased a full number you would pay £249.99, saving you 50%.

Prize share Price
1/100th £4.99
1/50th £8.99 Save 10%
1/20th £19.99 Save 20%
1/10th £34.99 Save 30%
1/5th £64.99 Save 35%
1/2th £149.99 Save 40%
1/1 £249.99 Save 50%

8. What are the odds of winning the jackpot?

The odds of winning a €4,000,000 (£2.8m) jackpot on El Gordo are 1 in 100,000, far lower than on any other multimillion pound jackpot draw.

9. Can you explain the different prize tiers available?

The table below explains the different prize tiers, the number of prizes available for each tier, individual returns for each tier, and overall payouts for each tier.

The payouts shown are for one series only – these payouts can be repeated up to 160 times.

If you have purchased a full number you will receive the full individual payout for each prize tier should you win. If you have purchased a share of a number you will receive an equivalent share of the individual payout for the prize tier should you win.

The information below is provided as a guide only. Should you win you will be paid out in pounds. The values shown are in pound sterling. Please bear in mind that the values shown are dependent on the euro to pound exchange rate.

Exchange rates correct as of 8 November 2016
Prize Tier Number of prizes Prize payout € Prize Payout £ (subject to currency variation)
1st Prize 1 €4,000,000 £3,560,000
2nd Prize 1 €1,250,000 £1,112,553
3rd Prize 1 €500,000 £421,000
4th Prize 2 € 200,000 £170,000
5th Prize 8 €60,000 £53,402
5 correct numbers 1794 €1,000 £890
Numbers before and after El Gordo
2 €20,000 £17,800
Numbers before and after 2nd prize 2 €12,500 £11,125
Numbers before and after the 3rd prize 2 €9,600 £8,544 
First 3 digits of El Gordo 99 €1,000 £890
First 3 digits of 2nd prize 99 €1,000 £890
First 3 digits of 3rd prize 99  €1,000 £890
First 3 digits of 4th prize 99 €1,000 £890
Last 2 digits of El Gordo 999 €1,000 £890
Last 2 digits of 2nd prize 999 €1,000 £890
Last 2 digits of 3rd prize 999 €1,000 £890
Same last digit as El Gordo 9999 €200 £178

How Does DoubleJackpot Work On El Gordo?

The DoubleJackpot on El Gordo allows you to bet for twice the official amount on the first three prize tiers. So, for instance, if you win the first prize tier having purchased a full bet share, instead of winning the set €4m (£3.4m) jackpot you will win €8m (£6.8m). You will pay double the price for your bet share should you activate the DoubleJackpot feature.

11. What do I do if I win?

If your account has been verified simply proceed to your account and withdraw your winnings. If your account has not been verified you will first need to provide proof of your ID and proof of address. Once this has been confirmed you will be able to withdraw your winnings.

12. How can I be sure I will get paid?

We are audited by KPMG and fully licensed by the UK Gambling Commission. In order for us to retain this license we have to prove that we are able to make the required payments to our players should they win.

Smaller Payments

We make all payouts directly from the fund we have acquired from total betting stakes.

Larger Payments

We take out policies with world leading insurers to cover larger payments.

13. Why should I bet on El Gordo at Lottoland?

There will be £2.1 billion in cash prizes up for grabs when the draw takes place this year, making El Gordo the biggest lottery in the world by a long stretch. The odds of winning any prize are excellent at just 1 in 6, while the odds of winning a £2.8m jackpot are also outstanding at just 1 in 100,000. When you bet on the draw at Lottoland you have the same odds of winning a prize as if you had entered the official draw and you will also win the same cash amount should you get lucky. At Lottoland we also offer a range of pricing options to make this incredible draw accessible. You can bet a full share with us – maybe club together with friends and family to make this possible? Or, you can bet a full number for a fraction of the cost.