Hurting Spaniards celebrate lottery wins

2012-12-22 16:08
Spain lottery (Picture: AP)

Spain lottery (Picture: AP)

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Madrid - Lucky winners of Spain's cherished Christmas lottery -  the world's richest - are celebrating hitting "El Gordo" ("The Fat One") in more than a dozen locations across the country where winning tickets had been sold.

Initial reports say there are winners of the maximum prize of €400 000 in 15 towns or cities including Madrid and Barcelona.

After another brutal year of economic hardship, the lottery sprinkled a treasure chest of €2.5bn in tax-free prize money on those fortunate to have a lucky ticket on Saturday.

Unlike lotteries that generate a few big winners, Spain's version - now celebrating its 200th anniversary - has always shared the wealth more evenly instead of concentrating on vast jackpots, so thousands of tickets yield some kind of return.

Read more on:    spain  |  europe debt crisis

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