The Fat One beckons

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On December 22nd each year, all Spanish eyes are focused on El Gordo (the Fat One) Christmas lottery draw.

The three-hour televised event for ‘The Fat One‘  will bring the whole country to a near standstill as millions will leave work and pack bars to watch it.

The winning numbers are drawn by school children, from two large gold drums in the Grand Salon of the Spanish National Lottery in Madrid.

Tough economic times have resulted in an increase in the number of people buying tickets for this year´s lottery draw.  Ticket sales are reported to be 29% higher than last year, with  each Spanish citizen spending an average of €70 in an effort to win the top prize.

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El Gordo, the biggest lottery in the world, will sprinkle €2.5 billion in holiday cheer across the country today, handing out winnings eagerly welcomed by a nation facing 20 percent unemployment.

Have you got your ticket?

Buena suerte!

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