How to Check Lotto Results
El Gordo, or El Gordo de La Primitiva to give it its full name, is one of several Spanish state lotteries. The name roughly translates to “the fat one” or “the big one” and it’s basically a weekly Spanish lottery that offers players a chance of winning big. This lottery began in 1985, but it follows a tradition of lotteries that go back several hundred years in Spain.
In this short guide we take a closer look at El Gordo, asking how much the tickets cost, how much the jackpots are, and what the odds of winning are.
What is the El Gordo?
El Gordo is a weekly lottery, one of three major lotteries in Spain that occur every week. It is not to be confused with the Spanish Christmas Lottery, which is also referred to as “El Gordo”, as this is the name given to the biggest prize in the Christmas Lottery.
Each El Gordo ticket consists of two grids. The first contains numbers from 1 to 54, of which players need to choose 5; the second contains numbers from 0 to 9, of which players need to choose one.
The El Gordo draw takes place every Sunday at 13:00 local time, with tickets for this draw available from Monday through to Saturday. In Spain, these tickets can be purchased from over 10,000 official vendors scattered throughout the country. Outside of Spain players need to go through an unofficial online vendor.
There are no restrictions on nationality and players do not need to reside in Spain or to be in Spain at the time they purchase a ticket. It is open to players from all over the world providing they are of legal age.
El Gordo Jackpots and Records
There are a total of 8 prize tiers on the El Gordo and each El Gordo ticket also contains a refund number. If this number is drawn then the player is entitled to a refund.
The El Gordo jackpot has a minimum cap of €5 million and in 2011 this went as high as €33 million. Prior to this the jackpot had also reached €27 million (in 2008) and €26 million (in 2007). These jackpots don’t scale the heights of the US Powerball or Mega Millions simply because the odds are much lower, which means they are won long before they can climb this high.
But for a national lottery with such reasonable odds, these jackpots are very respectable, which is why the El Gordo draws players from across Europe.
El Gordo Odds
The El Gordo jackpot returns odds of 1 in 31 million, which means that players are around 10 times more likely to win this Spanish lottery than they are to win Mega Millions. It also has some of the lowest odds available on small tier prizes, as listed below:
Jackpot (5 + 1) = 1 in 31.625.100
Second Prize (5) = 1 in 3.513.900
Third Prize (4+1) = 1 in 129.082
Fourth Prize (4) = 1 in 14.342
Fifth Prize (3+1) = 1 in 2.689
Sixth Prize (3) = 1 in 299
Seventh Prize (2+1) = 1 in 172
Eighth Prize (2) = 1 in 19