Spain’s El Gordo, the most famous lottery globally, signals Christmas’s start on December 22. Dating from 1812, it’s among the oldest lotteries, unique in its format.

Despite costly tickets, they’re sold in affordable €20 shares, broadening accessibility.

The draw, a lengthy televised spectacle, features children singing winning numbers from giant drums, an iconic Spanish Christmas sound.

El Gordo’s spirit lies in community sharing, with groups often jointly buying tickets. This cultural staple transcends mere winnings, embodying Spain’s festive season essence.

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