Ugly number is a winning number
Another Christmas lottery classic is calling some numbers "ugly", making them difficult to sell. Although in the entire history of the existence of the lottery there are already many cases, when it was the "ugly" numbers that won. IN 2002 year at a lottery point of sale in Granada there were problems with the sale of tickets under the number 00091 (usually parts of the ticket are bought under the same number), which ended up winning. The same thing happened a year later in the city of Ourense, where several people returned tickets with a number 02150, just because they called him ugly. Lucky ones, who didn't.
Joke, which can cause heart attacks
There is nothing worse, than tell the person, who won a million, that it was the result of an error. Spanish daily newspaper Diario 16 in 1989 published the news about, that a repeat of this year's Christmas lottery is expected due to violations, arising during the counting of balls. The reaction of the winners can be imagined. Luckily for them, it was just a joke..
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Christmas lottery 2012 – "Every Christmas, the lottery makes dreams come true"
16 November National Lottery Association of Spain (LAE) held an official presentation of the Christmas lottery 2012 and presented a promotional video entitled "Dream Catchers", for the creation of which about a million euros were allocated from the lottery budget, and for his advertising campaign in the media - about 12,5 million in 2012 year, the National Christmas Lottery "Spruce Gordo" is held under the auspices of "Every Christmas – the lottery makes dreams come true "
Signs and superstitions of the lottery winnings of the Christmas lottery
Many superstitions are associated with the National Christmas Lottery. For instance, there is a sign in Madrid,to win for sure, you should purchase a ticket at the Herradura i tresa lottery shop, which is located in house no. 13 along Alcala Avenue, and it must be done exactly 13 December in 13 hours, and the ticket must also end with a number 13. Besides, you need to leave the shop with your left foot and at the same time limp, grabbing the tip of your own nose, and show your tongue to the first oncoming passer-by… For indigenous townspeople, aware of this superstition, this behavior is not surprising, but for tourists, of course, a wonder.
Many Spaniards book the same Christmas lottery ticket numbers year after year. By the way number, which dropped out twice in the history of the lottery, won twice by one family from Seville, who bought it for many years.
There is another wonderful place shrouded in legends, tiny town Sort, lost between the mountain peaks of the Pyrenees very close to the border of the dwarf state of the Principality of Andorra. The first thing to say is, that the Variety in translation from Catalan means "Luck", and this is confirmed by the numerous winning tickets for the Christmas lottery bought at the local lottery shop "Brujah de Sort", which means "Golden Witch", who, according to local legend, lives in a house high in the mountains and brings people good luck.
About 1,500 people pass through the local lottery shop every day, who came to try their luck at "Luck". Buses with tourists from Barcelona come here, as well as many cars of local residents, from all over Catalonia and even from neighboring states – Andorra and France: newspaper clippings and photos are hung on the walls of the lottery shop, telling about the biggest winnings in the lottery on lucky tickets, purchased in Sort. All fortune hunters are photographed with a witch, standing in the shop, and after buying a ticket, according to an old omen, they must bow to her, and rubbing a lottery ticket on her broom for good luck.
Rules and winnings
The rules for drawing the Spanish National Lottery "El Gordo De Navidad" are completely different from the usual classic lotteries., in which the player selects numbers when filling out a lottery ticket. Everything is completely different here, lottery tickets are printed in advance and each of them is assigned a personal five-digit number from 0 to 100.000. Besides, each ticket is issued in 180 series and divided into 10 parts "décimo", which translates as "ten", that is, a tenth of the ticket. The total is, that each of 180 tickets with the original number can qualify for the main prize "El Gordo" 4.000.000 euros, and in total the first prize will be spent 720.000.000 euros. Besides, if for example you bought a full ticket all 10 "tenth", then, accordingly, your winnings will be 4 million. and, accordingly, if one "ten" 1/10 part of the ticket 400.000 euros, thus sharing the main prize of the winning ticket with the rest of the co-owners of the "tithes". It turns out that your winnings are proportionally related to the number of purchased "tenths". Eventually, you can redeem full tickets with one number or "tenths" from different series of numbers.
Lottery prize fund 2012
Total Prize Budget in the Christmas Lottery 2012 is over 2,5 billion. euros, some of which 720 million. will be spent on the first prize "El Gordo", by 4 million. for each of 180 winning tickets. Second tier award 1.250.000 total euro will be 225.000.000 euros. Third Prize Amount 500.000 euros will be in the total prize budget 90.000.000 euros. The fourth level prize will be 200.000 Euro and 5th 60.000. The remaining prizes of the lower category in Spanish "pedrea" respectively: if the ticket number differs from the number of the main prize by one, differs by one from the number of the 2nd prize, the same from the 3rd prize number, if the last two numbers of the ticket coincide with the last two numbers of the 1st prize, identical with the numbers of the 2nd and 3rd prizes, if the first three digits match the ticket numbers 1, 2 or 3 prizes.
How the draw ceremony takes place.
The drawing ceremony itself, almost unchanged since the 18th century. Sure, except, technical innovations - first, the show began to be broadcast on the radio, and then on television. Two huge balls contain small bone balls. In one - with the amount of winnings, in the other - with ticket numbers.
The draw takes place live on the Spanish state television. At this moment, almost the whole country freezes in front of TV screens, listening to chants sung by orphans from the school of San Ildefonso, произносящих выпавшие из барабана номера — дети достают кости и нараспев, to the motive of church psalms, - this is also a tribute to tradition - numbers tell.
Chicken as a gift to the police in honor of the win
Throughout the history of the Christmas lottery, there have been many stories of people's reactions in the media., one day became millionaires. Some fainted and ended up in the hospital with a heart attack, others began to give gifts to others. Most curious reaction, according to journalists, there was a reaction from the owner of a poultry farm in Zaragoza in 1970 year. He found out about the win during a dispute with a policeman, who demanded from him the payment of a fine for an incorrectly parked van. Having received such great news, Manuel Peromarte, for his joy, decided to pay the fine on time and presented the policeman with a chicken.
We got proudly!
Almost at the same time Anna, another resident of Sodeto, picks up the phone, her daughter is on the wire. "Mum, She says, looks like, what proudly won at Granier. "This is a joke?"- Anna asks. She looks out the window and sees her friend Lolita, running in her pajamas to the mayor's house. Anna Lolita leaning out of the window screams - “WE GOT Proudly!»
"How many?"- Anna asks reflexively, and a friend calls the amount in pesetas, what Anna yells at: - "Tell me, so I can understand ". "One hundred thousand euros per ticket", - shouts back Lolita.
Anna in shock rushes to the bar. She remembers, how did you put your ticket under the cashier, and where he is, and ... here it is! She runs out into the square, among the lucky ones, who dance and hug, uncorking champagne bottles, taken for joy (and without payment) from the shelves of the village store.
Sandra, at the time of the drawing was at work outside Sodeto and found out the news after a call from a friend. She is nervous and worried, because ... she thinks, that I bought a ticket. After all, it was? Yes. That's just, where could she put it?
Taking time off from the chief, Sandra returns the same way, which I drove an hour ago. When she gets to Sodeto, the holiday is in full swing. Everyone in the square, all with champagne, dancing, sing and have fun. Sandra, head down goes to his house, opens the gate, bursts in and begins to frantically remember. Ticket ... where is the ticket?!
Meanwhile, in the office, colleagues are taking bets, on it, is there a ticket now. Maybe she threw it away, maybe, in twenty-five years he will be at the bottom of a shoebox.
Sandra, rushes at home, rummaging through things in closets and scattering them in all directions.? She takes out her phone and calls her ex-boyfriend - Cortis (still cloudy from sleep). "Sodeto won El Gordo, She screams, but I can't find my fucking ticket ". She cries, she is hysterical. Throws clothes and papers. Half an hour, forty minutes, searching and muttering, turning into despair ...
It all goes on until then, until the ticket was found Hidden in the closet by the sink.
One of the tickets, distributed by Mary Carmen was recorded by her friend. But, in view of the difficult financial situation (my friend's husband was unemployed then) it was never paid. When El Gordo's number was announced, the same ticket remained unredeemed. But, Miss Carmen left him for her friend anyway. “She was afraid to call me and ask,” said Mary. So a friend's son called Carmen's son and asked, was the ticket really saved? And Mary said yes, sure". And then there was a lot of crying.
Like many other local farmers, Jose Manuel Penella Cambra, recently invested in more efficient irrigation techniques, and worried about, will be able to close the loan. But his wife bought two tickets, brought 200 000 euros, and the son found two more, which she bought earlier and which she forgot, resulting in the total amount 400 000 euros.
“I kept on talking: look for more, look for more ", - he joked in a village cafe, a shabby establishment with several Formica tables and a torn black leatherette sofa. “This money means, that now we can breathe ", - said Jose. - “And the best part, that it's not just me. Everyone won ".
What are the odds of winning the EL Gordo De Navidad lottery?
The Spanish National Christmas Lottery EL Gordo De Navidad works differently, than most lotteries in the world. In traditional lotteries by number, the prize printed on the ticket drops out and the owner of this ticket alone receives this prize.
Things work a little differently in the Spanish national state lottery.:
Exist 85000 different numbers, which make up one full ticket (ticket) lottery. Each ticket is available at 195 series. Each of 195 series of the same number are given a prize fund € 3 000 000. Each lottery ticket in a series consists of ten parts (we say). Therefore, when buying lottery tickets, you have a choice, buy one piece (tenth), some or all ten parts of a lottery ticket. If you buy only one part of the ticket, and someone else buys the remaining nine parts of the same lottery ticket, then you share the prize with them in the ratio 1/9.
Tickets, tithes, share
Carmen, the most active member of the Sodeto Housewives Association, drove six miles to the lottery office in Granien, owned by Pilar and Fortunato, and examined all the tickets displayed in the window. The government annually prints Christmas lottery tickets with numbers from 0 to 99 999, and for every 100,000th episode there are several big prizes. The more series produced, the more winners (with the same ticket number). IN 2011 there were such series 180.
Tenth лотереи The Fat Christmas, 2011 year. №33923, series 9
One ticket costs 200 euros, and few can buy it entirely, so it is usually broken down into tithes (tenth) by 20 euro per piece, they, in its turn, are divided into even smaller shares (quarter decims). Local communities in small villages, such as the Sodeto Housewives Association, buy a roll of tickets and sell them with a small markup of a door-to-door share, using small commission income to help settle - for example, paying for food and decorations during local festivals. Five euros for participation (a plus 1-1,5 euros, donated to housewives) involve citizens in the game with a chance 0,001 on El Gordo.
Any, who opened the door to public distributors, will buy at least one share, due to obligations, feelings of camaraderie or even guilt. Someone buys a few tithes - three, five, or even more.
Statistics says, that the spaniards, average, spend on the Christmas Lottery almost 70 euro per person, that is, for a family it can be 200-300 euros. Sure, it all depends on the level of income and passion ... but participation in El Gordo is a great national tradition.
В тот день Кармен выбрала серию 58268 и выкупила 1200 tithes, them together with other members of the Association, she spread to Sodeto and neighboring villages. Total housewives sold 1196 decimo.
A dozen (tenth) # 58268 - these are the numbers that Carmen chose
Tickets end up sticking to the fridge, put in a drawer, left next to a stack of mail and forgotten. for most, this is part of a Christmas ritual and even a donation. Sure, it is difficult to seriously count on a big win, but.. still it's Christmas, when a miracle is possible and ... what, if wishes come true?
Where is this little village?
The Christmas lottery draw begins at 9 hours in the morning and lasts several hours. Grand Prize, Fat, could be announced in three hours, but in December 2011 there was only 9:57 in the morning, when ... when the main prize was determined.
Rosa Pons (mayor of Sodeto) did not even watch the broadcast from the Royal Theater in Madrid, only half listening to her on the radio. Nine fifty seven in the morning. It is early, she says to herself. The voice speaks the number, and then says, that it fell to the village of Granien. Where is this little village? the announcer asks. And Rose almost answers: on the plain of Monegros, in Aragon!
Winners in Graignon celebrate their winnings next to the lottery administration, where the lucky tickets were bought
Then the winning number is called out loud, completely - 58268 - and she goes in panic for her ticket ... can this be? Then Carmen from the Housewives Association calls her. But what? But what? Could it be? - she's screaming, and Carmen says: "Yes, we won. We took El Gordo!».
Without changing clothes, just throwing on a coat, Rose runs across the square to the town hall. There is an alert system, used to advertise water shortages or power outages. With trembling hands, she turns on the food, takes the microphone and says, her voice carries the loudspeaker in the square. "Congratulations, Sodeto », She says so calmly, as soon as can. “We just won the lottery! Come to the square, to celebrate". Then she rushes home, to change clothes.
Sailors, who preferred brandy to a lottery ticket, happy
Usually ship crews buy lotteries in ports, where they stop during the pre-Christmas period. Sailors often tell a sad story, which happened to their colleagues from the ship El Castillo de Butrón in 1957 year. Before heading to Senegal for fishing, the crew bought provisions in the shop of the village of Bermeo (Basque Country). Its owner often shared tickets for free. However, the sailors from this ship, instead of the lottery, preferred to get two bottles of cognac., which the owner of the store gladly gave them. Later it turned out, that one of those tickets was winning.