It is difficult to set foot inside the country of Spain without being affected in one way or another by the incredibly efficient machine known as the Spanish lottery. The Spaniards are, of course known for their tradition and passion and all of this is evident within this national pastime. So much spirit and so many resources are input by the people each week that the program has been very successful in raising funds. Regular participants all talk of success, which keeps them coming back, and they all prepare throughout the year for the grandfather competition of them all at Christmas time, El Gordo.
The Spanish lottery is overseen by the state itself, and all around the country official outlets called Loterias y Apuestas del Estado can be accessed. A comprehensive website called elgordo.com allows people to take part from the comfort of their homes. You do not have to be a resident of Spain to participate, and the winning amount is not subject to tax, unless the funds are allocated outside of the country, in which case they are then assessed. However if you play online, winnings are tax-free. Incredibly, the system has been in operation continuously since 1860, and on the web since 1996.
While many refer to the Spanish lottery as - el gordo, this actually only refers to the grand Christmas drawing, the most famous part of the Spanish lottery system. So much attention is given to the Christmas draw that it is estimated that almost the entire population, 98% or so, buy tickets to this competition!
On a more regular basis, the National Lottery is called La Primitiva and is drawn on the Thursdays and Saturdays of every week. This is a very traditional style of lottery, and a favorite of Spanish lottery syndicates. You must select six from 49 numbers and expect to get all six numbers to match to win the grand prize. As more people participate in the Saturday drawing, the prize fund associated is larger, and is currently about 42 million Euros. In order to keep participants really interested in the program, as many as four out of every 10 competitors are successful to one degree or another.
To access the Spanish lottery results is as simple as reaching a website. After the drawing, details may be viewed by entering your chosen numbers, and it's also possible to download the entire list of drawings and previous wins from that portal.
In common with other European countries, most notably the United Kingdom, Spanish lottery also features a competition based on the outcome of official football matches. Points are allocated according to whether you choose correctly that one team should win or lose.
There is something for anyone with the Spanish lottery system. While La Primitiva gets something regular attention, the Bonoloto is also played four times a week with a smaller prize fund, and there is even another bonus game that is enjoyed at the weekend. In addition, Spaniards can also tackle Euro Millions, and of course get ready for - the fat one - as it is known, El Gordo, at Christmas time.