The ultimate guide to the spanish christmas raffle: loteria de navidad

The Loteria de Navidad ticket explained

1 – This is the ticket (billete) number – can range between 00000-99999. This is the five-digit code which will be drawn at the time of the raffle.

2 – This is the lottery number and year for the upcoming draw.

3 – This is the series number for the ticket – can range between 1-180.

4 – This is the share (décimo) number – can range between 1-10.

5 – This is the complete date for the upcoming draw.

6 – This is your ticket code.

The ultimate guide to the spanish christmas raffle: loteria de navidad

The Loteria de Navidad Tickets

This is yet another of the great traditions surrounding the Loteria de Navidad. Every year, the lottery issues a ticket featuring one of Spain’s greatest works of art. This is meant to pay homage to the country’s astounding cultural heritage. Here is a short list of the visuals included on the tickets:

  • 2018 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Virgen con el Niño” –painting from the Retablo de la Vida del Virgen y de San Francisco – displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2017 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Adoracion de los pastores” – an oil painting by Bartolome Esteban Murilio, 1650 – displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2016 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Nacimiento flamenco” – polychrome wooden altarpiece from the XV century, anonymous – featured in the Santa Maria Cathedral in Leon.

  • 2015 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Adoracion de los pastores” – oil painting by Juan del Castilio, XVII century – featured in the Museum of Beautiful Arts in Sevilla.

  • 2014 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Adoracion de los Reyes Magnos” – painting by Pieter Coecke van Aelst – XVI century – featured in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2013 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “El Nacimiento” – canvas made in oil by Federico Barocci in 1597 — featured in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

What are the Odds of winning at the Lotería de Navidad?

Lotería de Navidad offers 15,304 ways to win on each ticket. Odds of winning start at 1 in 10 for the lowest prize of this raffle and goes up to 1 in 100,000 for the €680 Million jackpot (for the whole winning ticket). The chances of winning the €4 million jackpot (with one copy) are of one in 17,000,000. The odds of winning the €400,000 prize (with one share) are of one in 170,000,000.

On average, players have a 5.3% chance of winning, which is quite appealing when compared to the odds of winning the Powerball or other lotteries. The odds of winning the El Gordo prize are of 0.001%, while the EuroMillions lottery offers 1 in 139,838,160 chances to hit the jackpot (0.0000000086%). When you play US Mega Millions online or other lottery giants, you have even less appealing odds of winning the top prize.

What Are Loteria de Navidad Statistics?

History of Lottery of Navidad

The first Spanish Christmas raffle draw ever took place on December 18, 1812 in Cadiz held by one of the Spanish Public Administration Institutions, now called the Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. The first prize, known as El Gordo was scooped by the ticket number 03604. At that time, this special draw was called Prósperos de Premios, and the name Sorteo de Navidad (Christmas Draw) was first used for the draw in December 23, 1892, but did not appear on tickets until 1897.

In the past, the draws of this Christmas lottery were taking place in the Lotería Nacional Amphitheater in Madrid, and in 2010 and 2011 the draw was hosted by the Madrid Municipal Congress Palacio. Starting 2012, the draw takes place at the Teatro Real in Madrid, located in Plaza de Isabel II.

The School of San Ildefonso in Madrid (in the past a school for orphans and children of civil servants) is a symbol for this draw as well as for other Spanish raffles. In fact, some of the funds from the sale of the tickets are donated to this school. The Spanish Lottery organizes during the year other special raffle draws that aim to fund this institution, whose pupils draw the balls from the ballot box and sing the results out loud. Until 1984, only boys from San Ildefonso participated in the Lottery of Navidad. 1984 marked a historic turn, Mónica Rodríguez being the first girl to be allowed to participate.

When do the Loteria de Navidad draws take place?

This annual raffle takes place every year on December 22, giving all participants a 1 in 100,000 chance of winning the big prize! This year’s draw, like those of the last 200 years, will have the same traditional style that fans of this raffle have already become accustomed to! The wooden balls will be drawn from one barrel, while the tickets are drawn from the other. This event usually lasts for about 3 hours, and the results are chanted by the students of San Ildefonso School in Madrid! The event is broadcasted live by Televisión Española and Radio Nacional de España, and the audience in the room is usually dressed in extravagant outfits.

The ultimate guide to the spanish christmas raffle: loteria de navidad

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