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El Gordo Prize Breakdown and Winning Odds

el gordo resultsThe El Gordo de la Primitiva, likewise known as the El Gordo, is a lottery game in Spain with a literal translation meaning “the Fat One”. It was launched way back in 1993 and was held once a month, until 1997 wherein the draw frequency has been changed to weekly. Ever since then, there hasn’t been any major changes to El Gordo except for the addition of a 9th tier prize in 2005.

Prize Breakdown and Winning Odds

There are 9 prize tiers all in all in El Gordo which are offered for every draw. The jackpot prize initially starts at €5 million and will continue to grow with every rollover. In the event there’s more than one El Gordo winner for the jackpot prize, then the prize will be shared equally between them. Below is a breakdown of the prize tiers in El Gordo, along with their odds of winning:

  • 5 numbers plus Reintegro number for jackpot prize (winning odds of 1 in 32,625,100)
  • 5 numbers for 2nd prize (winning odds of 1 in 3,513,900)
  • 4 numbers plus Reintegro number for 3rd prize (winning odds of 1 in 129,082)
  • 4 numbers for 4th prize (winning odds of 1 in 14,342)
  • 3 numbers plus Reintegro number for 5th prize (winning odds of 1 in 2,689)
  • 3 numbers for 6th prize (winning odds of 1 in 299)
  • 2 numbers plus Reintegro number for 7th prize (winning odds of 1 in 172)
  • 2 numbers for 8th prize (winning odds of 1 in 19)
  • Reintegro number only for 9th prize (winning odds of 1 in 10)

In the event no one wins the El Gordo jackpot, 50% of the reserved amount for the jackpot will be added to the amount for the next draw, thus ensuring even bigger jackpots! The El Gordo results are drawn every Sunday afternoon around 1:00 pm.

El Gordo Draw Information

The El Gordo results are drawn every Sunday at 13:00 (GMT+1). During the draw, five numbers will be selected from a pool of 54 numbers, along with one key number from a range of 0 to 9. If you managed to match all 5 main numbers and 1 key number, you will win the jackpot prize. There are also other prize tiers offered in El Gordo, with the lowest prize tier offered to those who can match the key number, entitling them to a refund.

From the total ticket sales, 45% will proceed to the state, 10% will be allocated for the refunds, and the remaining 45% goes to the prize pool. For all the prize tiers, the prize is split in the event there are multiple winning tickets. The first tier will have a guaranteed minimum prize of five million euros. 

Players who win prizes over 600 euros will need to collect them from the headquarters of the Spanish national lottery. Meanwhile, those who win 600 euros below will have to collect the prizes from any licensed retail outlet. Spain didn’t have any tax on their lottery, with all of the prizes paid in tax-free lump sum. Meanwhile, in 2013 they have changed the rules in order to allocate a portion of the ticket sales to the Spanish national budget. Taxes applied only to prizes which exceed 2500 euros. A 20% withholding tax will be applied before someone can claim his prize, and is applicable to both Spanish and international El Gordo players.

Facts about El Gordo

el gordo jackpotOne unusual feature of El Gordo is the option of placing combination bets in a single play slip. This means it is possible to play up to 11 numbers from the main number set. By doing so, you will need to pay extra depending on lines you want to play. Your odds of correctly matching all five numbers are around 1 in 3.5 million, while matching the Reintegro will be around 1 in 30 million. 

The structure of the El Gordo lottery’s prize is rather confusing in the event no one manages to win the jackpot. Rather than a full rollover which is 22% of the total ticket sales to the grand prize for next week’s draw, 50% of it will be divided equally among the winners of the lower prize categories. In other words, in the event no one wins the jackpot, the new jackpot for next week is equivalent to the 1st prize two weeks ago, added to 11% of the total ticket sales from the previous week, and 22% of the total ticket sales from the current week.

With a guaranteed minimum jackpot prize of €5 million, it is considered as one of the largest minimum jackpot prize lottery games around the world. However, it pales in comparison to a Christmas-exclusive lottery which is also from Spain known as the El Gordo de Navidad, which jackpot prize could easily reach up to a whooping €2 billion!

Check out the latest El Gordo results as well as the latest jackpot winners here!