Frequently Asked Questions
El Gordo de Navidad FAQ
- 1. What is El Gordo?
- 2. How can I win playing El Gordo?
- 3. Can I play the El Gordo from outside Spain?
- 4. Is there a minimum age requirement for El Gordo players?
- 5. When will the next El Gordo draw take place?
- 6. When do ticket sales end for El Gordo tickets?
- 7. What are the odds of winning the El Gordo 1st prize?
- 8. If I win a prize, how long do I have to claim it?
- 9. What is the current prize pool for the 2017 El Gordo draw?
- 10. What is the cost of a decimo and billete for the El Gordo draw?
- 11. Are winnings taxable?
- 12. Where can I find the latest El Gordo results?
- 13. Any more questions?
What is El Gordo?
El Gordo de Navidad is a raffle draw takes place once a year in Madrid on the 22nd of December. The enormous amount of cash prizes up for grabs makes it Spain's most popular lottery game.
How can I win playing El Gordo?
The biggest El Gordo prizes are awarded for matching the entire winning code drawn for each prize tier. For example, if the code 12345 was drawn for the Second Prize (Segundo Premio) and you had a décimo with that same code, you would win €125,000!
Smaller El Gordo prizes are handed out for matching part of the winning codes, with players who match the last number of the code receiving a prize equal to the money spent on the ticket.
Can I play the El Gordo from outside Spain?
Anyone can play El Gordo from outside Spain simply by using the online ticket concierge service. This service allows you to purchase El Gordo tickets regardless of your location.
Is there a minimum age limit for El Gordo players?
All El Gordo players must be at least 18 years old.
When will the next El Gordo draw take place?
The 2018 El Gordo draw will take place on Saturday 22nd December and will offer a multi-billion Euro prize pool.
When do ticket sales end for El Gordo tickets?
Ticket sales normally end on the evening of 21st December, the night before the draw takes place.
What are the odds of winning the El Gordo 1st prize?
The odds of winning the El Gordo 1st prize are 1 in 100,000.
If I win a prize, how long do I have to claim it?
You have up to three months after the date of the draw to claim your prize. Winnings up to €2,500 can be collected from authorised ticket offices, and prizes over €2,500 can be claimed from certain Spanish banks. You can also contact Loterias y Apuestas del Estado – the official Spanish lottery organisation – online or via phone.
What is the current prize pool for the 2018 El Gordo draw?
The current El Gordo de Navidad prize pool for 2018 is yet to be announced.
What is the cost of a decimo and billete for the El Gordo draw?
Billetes are a full ticket, costing €200. Decimos, which are a tenth of a billete, can be bought for €20.
Are winnings taxable?
Any El Gordo prize worth more than €2,500 will be subject to a tax of 20 percent.
Where can I find the latest El Gordo results?
You can view the latest El Gordo results here.