The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the important differences between common traditional lotto games and the world famous Spanish lottery, El Gordo.
In a standard lotto game a player is generally required to pick a series of numbers from a specified number range as well as an additional bonus number. For example, in the UK National lottery a player if required to choose 6 main numbers from 1-49 inclusive and then a further bonus number from the same range. To collect the jackpot, a player needs to match all of their six main selected numbers with those numbers drawn. If no player manages to match all the drawn numbers in a given week, the top prize is rolled over to the next week growing in size as it does so.
The December Spanish El Gordo draw is significantly different in this area; only so many tickets are printed for this draw and due to this, winners are guaranteed in every draw.
The price you have to pay for a complete El Gordo ticket (Billete) is also very different from purchasing a ticket in a typical lotto game, like the UK lottery. Purchasing a ticket for a single UK National lottery draw costs a UK inhabitant just 1 pound. Elgordo tickets will, however, set you back 200 Euros each. Owing to the considerable expense of playing this lottery game, complete tickets are broken down into ten parts (Decimos) costing a more reasonably priced 20 Euros. It is consequently quite common for groups of friends or family members to split the cost of an entire El Gordo lotto ticket in order to make the game a more workable proposition.
In the UK lottery a miniscule percentage of people ever win sizeable quantities of cash, with the majority left disappointed on a weekly basis. The El Gordo lotto on the other hand gives that winning feeling to a greater number of individuals. In the 2006 El Gordo lottery draw, 3 million Euros were paid out to each of the 180 winning billetes. In the El Gordo lottery draw held in 2005, the winning number was sold in the town of Vic in Catalonia (population 37,825), whose residents scooped in the region of 500 million Euros.
The El Gordo lotto also offers up considerably enhanced odds of collecting a cash prize compared to that of the UK National lottery; with the El Gordo lotto you have a very nice 1 in 6 chance of securing a cash win compared to 1 in 52 when partaking in the UK National lottery.
When partaking in lotto games like the UK lottery, extra lottery tickets are generated every time a pound is spent which means that tickets never run out for any of the weekly draws. The El Gordo lotto is completely different because only a certain number of tickets are ever printed and once they are all sold no more will become available.
The Elgordo not only brings about massive joy in its native Spain but now all over the world owing to the ever increasing quantity of online lottery ticket sales agents. It is therefore imperative that you secure your preferred quantity of lottery tickets as soon as they are released, to avoid missing out.