The special ONCE lottery
Every person above 18 can participate in a Spanish lottery. Even people with disabilities are given a chance to win a lot of money. They usually participate in ONCE, which is an organization for the blind and partially-sighted. ONCE stands for ‘Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles, translated as The National Organization of Spanish blind people. This makes ONCE different than any other lottery. The tickets aren’t even sold at retailers or online. Instead, people with a handicap sell them in their own kiosks on the street. It’s also special because most of the inlay goes to charity. Unlike other lotteries, this organization doesn’t focus on profits.
Rules and Regulations
The El Gordo rules are straightforward and easy to understand, even if you have never played the game before. These rules and regulations for the El Gordo were established by the State Lotteries Company (SELAE) to ensure that the game is fair and that players know what to expect when they participate. The main El Gordo rules are as follows:
- Players must be 18 or older to buy El Gordo tickets.
- All El Gordo prizes worth more than €2,500 are subject to a tax of 20%.
- This yearly draw takes place in Madrid and is organised by the Spanish Government.
- Players must claim their El Gordo prizes as soon as possible as prizes will expire in 90 days if no winner comes forward. If you think you are an El Gordo winner, it is worth contacting lottery officials and claiming your prize as soon as possible.
- 70% of the money raised through El Gordo ticket sales is allocated to funding prizes.
Lottery ticket for ONCE
A ticket for this special lottery only costs 1,50 euros. Friday and Sunday form an exception with a ticket price of 2 euros because then bigger prize money can be won. You should definitely participate during the draw on the first Friday and Sunday of the month. On these days a special big prize is given away. Tickets this occasion costs 2,50 euros, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try! Every ONCE ticket has five numbers that are already printed and three numbers in a series. The maximum prize is 300.000 euro. To win this great amount of money all the numbers on your ticket have to match with those that appear during the lottery draw. The three series numbers need to match as well. You win 2,50 euros when there’s a match with just one number. With two or three correct numbers you win bigger prizes. Did you win a great prize? Congratulations! Claim your prize at de Banco de España. Smaller prizes can be claimed at the ONCE kiosks.
The high Jackpot of EuroMillions
International lotteries are organized in Spain as well. Especially EuroMillions attracts thousands of people. This is a lottery that is organized in several European countries at the same time. One of the advantages of this is the fact that the inlay of the participating countries is added together. This leads to an incredibly high Jackpot! What’s more, the minimum Jackpot is 15 million euros. The EuroMillions Jackpot takes place every Tuesday and Friday. So make sure that you’re in front of the television these days. During the draws 5 balls out of 50 numbered balls appear. There are also two ‘star numbers’ drawn out of 11 numbered balls, that ranges from 1 to 11. Obviously it can’t be a party every week, so sometimes there’s no Jackpot hit. In that case the prize money is increased for next time. This also means that the EuroMillions Jackpot can rise to great heights. 75, 100 or 180 million is no exception. The winner doesn’t even have to pay a gambling tax on his or her prize!