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Spanish Lotteries

The first national lottery in Spain was organized by King Carlos III in 1763. Today there are two national lotteries, LAE and ONCE, which operate under exclusive government licenses. Additional lotteries may only be organized at the Community level. The National Gaming Commission (ComisiГіn Nacional del Juego) within the Ministry of the Interior regulates the Spanish lotteries. Foreign national lotteries are not allowed in Spain.

Since 1982, the Spanish gaming market has changed from a centralized system to a decentralized one with regional legislation. The process of decentralization began when seven of the 19 Autonomous Communities (Comunidades AutГіnomas) obtained control over gaming in their respective territories. The Spanish territory is divided into 19 Communities. The first seven Communities were Catalonia, the Basque Country, Valencia, Andalusia, Navarra, Galicia and the Canary Islands. Other Communities followed to complete the transfer by 1998.

Since 1984, the Entrepreneurial Public Entity of State Lotteries and Betting (Entidad PГєblica Empresarial LoterГ­as y Apuestas del Estado, LAE) has been the operator of Spain’s national lottery. ONCE (Spanish National Organisation for the Blind) is Spain’s second national lottery and is considered a charity lottery. The LAE offers different products to the Spanish gaming market: the LoterГ­a Nacional (state lottery), LoterГ­a Primitiva and Bonoloto (lotto), El Gordo de la Primitiva (their biggest lottery), El NiГ±o (Epiphany lottery), La Quiniela 1X2 (football betting), El Quinigol (sports betting), Lototurf and QuГ­ntuple Plus (horse race betting). LAE also started Euro Millions with the U.K. and French lottery in 2004. This inter-EU lottery now has nine EU countries participating. The LAE is prohibited from selling tickets directly for these lotteries, and has awarded licenses to thousands of selling agencies throughout the country.

The promotion of national Spanish lotteries was prohibited in Spain for all except the LAE and ONCE. However, a new Spanish Gambling Act in 2011 lifted the ban and allows all operators to advertise. Even though Spanish legislation subjects gambling income to taxation, lottery winnings from LAE, ONCE and the Autonomous Community agencies are not subject to this taxation.

Euro Millions and Spanish lottery prizes larger than EUR 2,500.00 are subject to a 20% tax deduction by the Spanish government. In late May 2013, the Gambling Regulation Act 13/2011 was passed establishing for the first time legislation pertaining to gambling over the internet and other electronic media. It also regulates the adherence of different types of games at the national level.

Spanish Lotteries The first national lottery in Spain was organized by King Carlos III in 1763. Today there are two national lotteries, LAE and ONCE, which operate under exclusive government

Spain’s ‘El Gordo’ Christmas lottery awards billions

More than €2.4 billion will be shared by winners of Spain’s “El Gordo” Christmas lottery, with a top prize of €4 million. There were 172 top division winners.

The winning numbers are sung by children on national television

Spain’s “El Gordo” lottery paid out €2.4 billion ($2.93 billion) to winners on Wednesday.

Different from other lotteries that have only a few big winners, “El Gordo” (the “Fat One”) shares the wealth of its €2.4 billion pot with thousands of winners nationwide.

The biggest prize is worth €4 million. With a winning number of 72897, it paid out 172 times,

Since a full “El Gordo ticket,” which costs €200, is too expensive for many players, people often buy one-tenth of a ticket, entitling them to a 10% share. For those lucky winners, their €400,000 prize netted them about €325,000 after taxes.

However, traditionally many families, friends and co-workers also share the purchase of these smaller €20 tickets, and band together in the hope of good fortune.

Fat history of ‘El Gordo’

Though other national lotteries have bigger individual top prizes, Spain’s “El Gordo,” held each year on December 22, is ranked as the world’s richest in total prize money.

Established as a charity in 1763 during the reign of Spain’s King Carlos III, it has been held uninterrupted since 1892. The national lottery’s continuing objective is to help several charities while also filling up state coffers.

‘El Gordo’ winners in 2019 included the owners and employees of the shop Dona Manolita

Winning numbers announced by children

Held according to tradition despite the coronavirus, the winning numbers were sung out by children from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school, a former orphanage, in a nationally televised drawing at the Teatro Real opera house.

Even without an audience, organizers and participants on stage took PCR tests and donned masks. The children, however, were allowed to briefly remove them as they sang out the numbers and prizes.

Coronavirus mutes celebrations

Normally a cause for jubilation, this year most celebrations were muted with participants wearing masks and taking other measures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Spain’s capital, Madrid, continues to be a hotspot for the virus which has infected more than 1.8 million people and killed close to 50,000 nationwide — one of Europe’s worst outbreaks.

With most bars and offices closed throughout the year, the lottery raised over €2.6 billion euros in sales, down 11% from 2019, according to the state body that runs it.

More than €2.4 billion will be shared by winners of Spain's "El Gordo'' Christmas lottery, with a top prize of €4 million. There were 172 top division winners. ]]>