The Spanish Lottery and Big Jackpots
Like Camelot in the UK, the Spanish Lottery has a main operator called Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. Spanish Lottery players think of their national lottery as La Primitiva.
La Primitiva is a game where players pick six numbers from 1 to 49 and the jackpot is won when a player matches all six of his/her numbers with the six numbers drawn. Jackpots for La Primitiva are usually around 3 Million Euros and, as with most lotteries, rollovers occur when nobody has matched all six numbers. This can sometimes result in the Spanish Lottery rollover reaching 20 million Euros or more. Many other smaller prizes can also be won by matching different number combinations. The Spanish La Primitiva Lottery takes place every Thursday and Saturday.
Another popular Spanish Lottery is Bonloto which takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. This has a similar format to La Primitiva in the fact that the aim is to match 6 balls out of 49 in the draw. Jackpots for Bonloto tend to be somewhat smaller and usually range between 1 and 7 million Euros, depending on the rollover situation.
The Spanish like their lotteries and another called El Gordo de La Primitiva takes place every Sunday. This has a different format with players selecting five main numbers from 1 to 54 and an additional number from 1 to 9.
The Jackpot is usually a minimum of 5 million Euros and is paid when a player matches all 5 main numbers plus the additional number.
The top prize, which is worth a minimum of €5 million, is won by players matching all five main numbers plus the supplementary number.
The biggest Spanish lottery, El Gordo takes place once a year and has some of the biggest prizes in the world.
Spanish lotteries have traditionally been difficult to play unless you actually lived in Spain. Nowadays however, companies such as Lottery Syndicate offer a convenient way to play several major lotteries, including the Spanish lottery, UK Lottery and Euro Millions.
As in the UK, Spanish Lottery winnings are tax free, which is another reason to play.
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