Cape Town - Queues have formed in Spain to buy tickets for the world’s richest lottery which will give out prizes worth a grand total of more than R32 billion (from €2 billion) in prizes.
The annual Christmas lottery known as "El Gordo
", literally translated to "The Fat One", will take place on Tuesday, December 22.
Spaniards are estimated to spend more than R1 000 each on average for tickets for "El Gordo" according to the state lottery, RT
The lottery, which dates back to 1812, is an institution in the country with the odds of winning standing at one in six, according to the Spanish branch of The Local
The top prize for this year's win is being capped at R6.5 million, with the remain part of the honeypot allowed for multiple draws and thousands of winners. As so many people enter the draw, numbers are repeated up to 160 times, meaning each prize can potentially be shared between 160 people.ALSO READ: That ain't Santa - Crazy Christmas traditions from around the world
Every year, Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad
, the Spanish Christmas Lottery, is played by over 90% of the Spanish population. Here are a few fun facts about this world-renowned Spanish Christmas tradition: Share your photos and experiences with us. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.