Children from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school have begun calling out winning numbers in Spain’s Christmas lottery this morning. Known as “EL Gordo”, which translates as the fat one, the popular lottery takes place every year on December 22 and is the second-longest continuously running lottery in the world – having first started in 1812.
The lottery is also considered the biggest lottery draw worldwide.
And this year, there’s 400,000 euros – or £364,000 – being shelled out.
But there’s a total of €2.4 billion in payouts available this year, much of it in smaller prizes.
Tickets cost €20 and will bear 5-digit numbers, from 00000 to 99999, and also have a ‘series’ which is identified on each.
So for example, you could purchase Series 001 Ticket 00000 or Series 100 Ticket 99999.
Each year, the lottery is marked by a grand celebration.
The draws can sometimes take up to six hours and the numbers are also picked out by young boys and girls from the San Ildefonso school in Madrid.
After the numbers have been chosen, jubilant street parties follow the winners with bottles of sparkling wine.
But this year, no such celebrations will be taking place thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The lottery was also held without an audience this year and organisers and participants had to wear face masks.
The children were allowed to remove their masks briefly when on stage as they sang out the numbers.
Who won El Gordo? Winning numbers and results
The schoolchildren are currently signing out the numbers of the El Gordo lottery.
You can find the full results here – refresh your page as Express updates this article. Or head to the El Gordo website.
First prize drawn was number 72897.
Third prize is 52472.
Fourth is 75981.
Other prizes include:
86986 – €60,000
37023 – €60,000
19371 – €60,000
49760 – €60,000
55483 – €60,000
28674 – €60,000
The number reveal starts at 9am and begins with two dome-shaped lottery machines spinning with numbered balls.
One of the golden domes contains the 100,000 numbers that have been put up for sale and the smaller one has 1,807 balls numbered with prizes.
There are 13 are big prizes overall, which range from €6,000 to €400,000 for El Gordo.