Spanish Christmas Lottery – Loteria de Navidad
It is a huge national lottery of Spain, which is played annually. It appeared a long time ago and every year people are waiting for the lottery on the 22 of December, during Christmas holidays. As earlier, today it is totally controlled and supported by the government of Spain. A couple of years ago the country celebrated the anniversary of the lottery – it was 200 years since it began. Due to this reason the representatives of the lottery decided to make a kind of a gift for the players and made a sale for the lottery tickets. The lottery is the hugest in the country and is able to make such sales sometimes. And because of these sales more people buy tickets and the lottery is able to create larger prize pools. Such a situation happened this year too – the pool is now $2.400.000.000! It is an incredible amount of money and in time of Christmas and New Year holidays players can win a huge sum of money.
The history of the lottery begins long-long time ago – in 1763. At that times the government wanted to raise taxes for people and they organized that lottery for these purposes. It had a success and was played well for about 100 years and people enjoyed it. But later it was stopped for a moment to be returned after a period of time – in 1812. But since that time the lottery has been modernized and had a bit other appearance.
Now the lottery stopped being just something boding. Now it took the new form of entertainment like a festival or other big event. When the numbers of code are raffled, the drums are beating all the time and when each number is chose, the students sing them out loud for the spectators. Not only the players come to see this event, but simple people, who just want to feel this atmosphere. All the guests and simple people, who visit this festival, created a new funny tradition – every of them has a special dressing. It is a kind of a dress-code. People must wear something, which will be connected with the lottery. It looks really amazing and funny.
How the lottery is played
As the time passed, Spanish lottery became the only lottery, which offers huge prizes. Other lotteries does not offer such pools. It was especially noticeable this year when the pool was $2.400.000.000! The future drawing is very close by now and it promises to bit their own rates and make more that 24.000.000 people lucky to win their prizes.
All the tickets of the lottery have their copies – usually more than a hundred of them. Every year this number varies depending on some reasons. For example, this year they promise to print 160 copies for each ticket.
Each ticket and its copy have a special code of five numbers. The code is different and begins from 0 and ends with 99999. Also every ticket has 10 shares, which can be bought all together or separately. These total 160.000 shares make it possible for millions of people find millions of ways to win, no matter, which prize will it be.
The lottery itself from the very beginning till the very end takes the whole day. But the raffle itself lasts for three hours. Several numbers must be determined to create the winning code. They are chosen in not a standard way – they are pulled by special drums. The drums are two with different types of wooden balls inside of them – balls in one drum have these codes and the second drum has the value of prizes. By matching the two balls from different drums we will get the winners. 100.000 tickets take part in the lottery and their owners are waiting for their prizes.
When the balls are pulled out, students of a school continue this even – they sing each number. These students do not do this suddenly, they are training beforehand and get ready very seriously.
For the last several years the lottery has been improving their rules. It allowed them to make prizes higher. As the example, the top prize has reason for a $1.000.000, which is no bad!
As this lottery is the biggest in the world, a huge amount of people play it. Though there are so many people, 1 of 7 can wait for a prize to come – such high are the chances to win. Those who think that it is practically impossible to win a jackpot are wrong – they did not play Spanish lottery. One person from 100.000 will certainly get this prize, which is $.4.000.000.
Mostly all people in Spain take part in this popular event – about 98%. This number includes people, who buy only one share of 10, though many people buy several of them. Mostly people buy tickets by themselves and a part is gifted these tickets from relatives, friends and so on for different holidays.
Funny stories, connected with the Spanish lottery
In Spain the national lottery is a very serious event and everybody takes it very-very seriously. People and the representatives start their preparation for the drawing in a half of a year before it – can you imagine! The closer it becomes to the game, the more nervous the situation in the country becomes. And just imagine what happens in a day before the drawing itself! The hall, where the game is played and all the event is held, are opened at 8 in the morning at the day of the game. Theoretically, there are no people limits, but the hall cannot contain more than it is allowed. So, in practice, the limit is framed just by this capacity of the hall.
There is Vic, which story was rather popular and everybody remembers it. It is about a huge share of $500.000, which the citizens here won totally.
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