MADRID (Reuters) – Lucky punters celebrated across Spain on Sunday after winning a share of the jackpot in the country’s 2.38 billion euro ($2.64 billion) Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo (the Fat One).
The rules of the draw allow for multiple purchases of the same numbers, meaning this year’s winning ticket – 26590 – was sold by kiosks in many cities, including Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.
Among the vendors was Dona Manolita, a stall in the center of Madrid that has been selling the lottery for more than 100 years.
Staff at Dona Manolita, considered one of the luckiest vendors, popped bottles of cava as a crowd gathered around.
“I’m very happy. We have worked all year to achieve this. This is our reward, to sell ‘El Gordo’,” an employee said.
Dating back to 1812, the lottery has become a major part of Spain’s festive calendar, developing an array of traditions over the years.
Rather than creating a few big winners, the prize draw is designed to allow as…
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