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El Niño - Help & FAQ

What is the El Nino Spanish Lottery?

The El Nino is an annual lottery that takes place on January 6th in Madrid, Spain. The El Nino is known for creating huge jackpots and in Spain is second only to the huge El Gordo de Navidad. The estimated prize pool for this draw is currently £458,431,000.

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.

How does El Nino work??

El Nino 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.

More than one person can buy the same ticket

In the El Nino, 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 40 ‘series’ in total, meaning that there are 40 sets of tickets from 00000 to 99999. This means that up to 40 people can potentially have the same ticket number that wins first prize of €2,000,000 (£1,455,000 estimated). They will not share the prize – each individual ticket will win €2,000,000.

You can buy shares of ticket numbers

Each ticket is made up of 10 shares, meaning you can actually buy a single share of a ticket worth 1/10th of the total ticket and costs 1/10th the price. This also means that should that ticket win, the winner gets 1/10th 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 €2m (£1.45m estimated). A player that holds only a single share of that ticket – or 1/10th – would win ten times less: €200k (£145k Estimated).

How does betting on El Nino at Lottoland work?

At Lottoland, you do not purchase one of these tickets for the official draw, but instead, you make a bet on the outcome of the El Nino draw. You choose a five-digit number between 00000 and 99999 on the betslip, that you think will be drawn on July 6th 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 bet a share, or shares, you will receive a percentage of the prize money equivalent to your share.

How is El Nino 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 Nino. 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 Nino draw in Madrid.

When does the El Nino draw take place?

The El Gordo draw takes place on July 6th in Madrid.

How do I bet on El Nino at Lottoland?

Click on the El Nino 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 number. A full number costs £249.99, but you can bet a percentage for as little as £4.99. 

Next click ‘Place Bet’. After this you will be taken through to the shopping (remove) cart where you can complete your purchase.

How much does it cost to bet on El Nino at Lottoland?

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

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

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

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What are the odds of winning the jackpot?

The odds of winning a €2,000,000 (£1.45m) jackpot on El Nino are 1 in 100,000.

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 40 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.

Prize Tier Prize
1st £1,700,000
2nd £646,000
3rd £215,000
Numbers directly before and after the 1st prize £10,000
Numbers directly before and after the 2nd prize £5,200
6th prizes (correct 4 digit terminations) £3,000
7th prizes (correct 3 digit terminations) £800
First 3 digits same as 1st prize £800
First 3 digits same as 2nd prize £8000
First 3 digits same as 3rd prize £800
Last 3 digits same as 1st prize £800
Last 3 digits same as 2nd prize £800
13th prizes (correct 2 digit terminations) £344
Last 2 digits same as 1st prize £344
Last digit same as 1st prize £172
16th prizes (correct 1 digit terminations) £172

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.

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 stakes.

Larger Payments

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

Why should I bet on El Nino at Lottoland?

There will be nearly £458m in cash prizes up for grabs when the draw takes place this year, making El Nino one of the biggest lotteries in the world. The odds of winning a £1.45m jackpot are also outstanding at just 1 in 100,000, while there are more than 37,000 potential winning combinations for every number purchased. 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 on a full number with us – maybe club together with friends and family to make this possible? Or, you can bet on a share for a fraction of the price.