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Thousands line up for the 'Fat one'

Published:Saturday | December 16, 2017 | 11:13 PM
People queue to buy Christmas Lottery tickets in Madrid, Spain, yesterday.


Madrid, Long queues can now be seen on streets around Spain in the lead-up to Christmas, as millions try to get tickets for the country's unique 'El Gordo' (the Fat one) lottery, the richest in the world.

Every year at Christmas, Spaniards go lottery mad, queuing for hours to buy tickets for the famous Christmas lottery and this year it is bigger than ever.

The number of tickets on sale has risen by 5 million to 170 million meaning the 2017 prize money will total EU2.38 billion, with the top individual prize, known as El Gordo (the Fat One), being EU4 million.