Well the Spanish Christmas lottery is best known as El Gordo, which is more than a lottery draw, its consider a national fiesta and an integral part of the Christmas festivities in Spain and its estimated that close to 90% of the Spanish population take part each year, making it not only the biggest lottery but the most loved.
The Christmas lottery or El Gordo still uses wooden balls, while modern draws use plastic, but the only difference is that numbers are now applied to each ball with a laser, instead of being painted on. But after a while organizers realized that balls with more numbers tended to be draw less as they weighted slightly more.
Every year at Christmas time the Spaniards go lottery queuing for hours to buy tickets for one of the most famous Christmas lottery parties in Spain. El Gordo was also known as an institution and the oldest lottery in the world. Did you know that el Gordo lottery is also called the Christmas lottery? The first Christmas lottery took place on the 22nd of December 1812 in Cariz and the event has been taking place on the same day every year. It’s such a big event that not even the Spanish civil war was unable to stop which is why they moved to Valencia after the republican government has relocate their capital from Madrid.
But after the war, the lottery moved back to Madrid and continued under the regime of the dictator Francisco Franco.