El Gordo Navidad Prizes

El Gordo Navidad offers prizes across 160 different series, meaning that the number combinations printed on tickets are repeated 160 times. While El Gordo Navidad prizes were once tax-free, the Spanish government began to levy a 20 percent lottery tax on winnings worth €2,500 or more starting in 2013.

Here’s a sample main prize breakdown for each of the 160 series, based on figures released by Spanish lottery officials for the 2016 El Gordo Navidad draw. Remember that players often purchase a decimo (tenth) of a full ticket (called a billete), so the money often gets shared between a number of people who have gone in together on a billete:

Other prizes in a series are awarded as approximation prizes, meaning that the numbers on a person’s ticket closely match the winning number drawn for a specific prize. For example, a player can win an approximation prize for holding a ticket that is one number below or above the winning number in a prize tier. If the winning ticket for El Gordo was 45678, then you would win an approximation prize of €20,000 if your ticket number was 45677 or 45679. Two such prizes are available in each series. Having a ticket number in the same range as the winning number in a given tier can also net you a tidy sum. For example, if the second prize was 34567, all tickets with numbers between 34500 and 34599 would win €1,000 per billete.

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All of this adds up to €14 million and an astonishing 15,304 prizes per series! Why not check out the El Gordo Navidad Results to see what numbers have come up in previous draws.