Many Spaniards were able to press on the Saturday of your tears of joy. With the pop of champagne corks, drums, and spontaneous dance ends humans celebrated in almost all parts of the country, the result of the traditional Christmas lottery “El Gordo”.

unlike in previous years, the fat profits of the “Lotería de Navidad” this year, spread across almost all provinces of the country. “I can’t believe it, and I’m totally excited,” said a winner in the television cameras. “This will be a great Christmas!”

Especially big Money, there was in Huesca in the Aragon Region of 120 million euros and is in a shopping center in Cuenca, in the Region of Castilla-La Mancha, where customers won a total of 88 million Euro, Spanish media reported. Also Bilbao and Gernika in the Basque country were among the big winners of this year’s lottery.

“This is a real dream,” said lottery seller in Alba, in the Galician place Teo, where also a part of the “Gordo” will be distributed. “If people buy it, then they promise you everything is Possible in the case of a profit – even traveling in the Caribbean. Since we want to wait and see!”, she smirked. Astonishment reigned in the Town of Manises in the province of Valencia, where “El Gordo” struck since 2012, for the third Time. “This is totally crazy, we are shocked and speechless,” said an employee of the lottery business of the news Agency Europa Press.

Here, the thickness of the left this Time to wait long. Only at 12.35 PM – after more than three and a half hours of drawing – sang to the little girl who presents Lotto Carla García in the Madrid Opera house, the five-digit number of the Grand prize: 03347. The winning amount Los amounts to four million euros for a whole. “El Gordo” is awarded to 170 Times, as each lot is sold for 170 Times.

most Spaniards do not connect traditionally to tip communities of friends, colleagues, neighbours, or even whole villages, because the fun is not cheap: A whole lot of costs at least 200 euros. Most are content with tenth-free, so that many people come to gain the benefit of usually smaller money. More and more German are taking part in the famous lottery.

The lot numbers and the corresponding profit sum have been delivered, as always, singing of the pupils of the boarding school of San Ildefonso. Some of the kids had on Saturday with tears in the eyes in the face of great honor, in the case of “El Gordo”. An audience of millions followed the more than four-hour draw at the Teatro Real, as always, live in pubs, cafes or at home in front of the TV screens. The Christmas lottery, which has been around for over 200 years, is not only the oldest, but in terms of played in a total amount – as the largest in the world.

Countless Spaniards hope every year, just before Christmas eve on the big money blessing. But the biggest winner of the lottery is predetermined: the tax office. The Spanish state collects 30 percent from the sale.

However, it has been increased in this year, the sum, of the taxes to be paid for: Instead of, as hitherto, in the case of Win 2500 Euro, now only 10 000 Euro, taxes will be due. Tax experts of the Spanish Ministry of Finance expected that the state takes this Time to EUR 188.7 million from lottery taxes, six per cent less than in the previous year.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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