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How to Win El Gordo de Navidad

Striking lucky and winning an El Gordo prize is the goal of players across Spain and throughout the world. The sheer amount of prize money given away makes it an attractive choice for lottery fans. While it's all down to chance as to how the balls are drawn, there are some ways you can improve your chances of winning El Gordo.

You can win a prize by matching any part of the winning El Gordo code, so remember you don't have to get every digit correct to be a winner. You have to be over the age of 18 to enter, so make sure you visit an authorised ticket retailer in Spain to buy your decimo or billete well ahead of the draw, giving yourself enough time to buy more if you would like. Billetes are more expensive to buy, but offer a larger paypacket if you win, so it's completely up to you how you want to approach the draw.

You can also play online if you're based in another country - El Gordo is available to players to enter from all over the world, not just Spain. Prizes start from as little as €20 per decimo for matching the same last digit as El Gordo, and you stand a great chance of taking home some form of winnings regardless of how many digits you match.

The unique way in which El Gordo tickets are sold makes the game a popular choice for lottery syndicates. It could be easier to buy a full billete with co-workers, family members or friends, as the cost is shared throughout the group. While the top El Gordo prize of €4 million is certainly the goal for all players, there are several other prizes that offer incredible windfalls. Even the second prize is worth a life-changing €1,250,000!

The different prize tiers available are below, and a full list of prizes and winnings can be found here.

  • El Gordo 1st prize
  • 2nd prize
  • 3rd prize
  • 4th prize
  • 5th prize
  • The number before and the number after El Gordo 1st prize
  • The number before and the number after 2nd prize
  • The number before and the number after 3rd prize
  • Same first three digits as El Gordo 1st prize
  • Same first three digits as 2nd prize
  • Same first three digits as 3rd prize
  • Same first three digits as 4th prize
  • Same last two digits as El Gordo
  • Same last two digits as El Gordo
  • Same last two digits as 2nd prize
  • Same last two digits as 3rd prize
  • Five correct numbers
  • Same last digit as El Gordo