Spain – ElGordo Information

El Gordo is one of the three oldest lotteries in the world still in operation. The recent rules of the lottery allow player to match six numbers in order to win the jackpot. Prizes are also awarded to those who match at least three numbers. The jackpot rolls over to next draw if no one wins.

Hosted In Schedule Guess Range Jackpot Type Tax Requirements
Spain Sunday 21:00 5/54 + Reintegro 1/9 Cash About 20.00%

Prize Breakdown

Lottery Starts From: € 5,000,000
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*The overall odds of winning any prize in the game are approximately 1 in 10.



The El Gordo lottery is a Spanish lottery with the full name El Gordo de la Primitiva. The name means the biggest of the old lotteries, and El Gordo certainly has a long history in Spain. It was started in 1763 by the Marquis of Esquilache. The format of the game required players to choose 5 numbers from 1 to 90. It was reintroduced in 1985, with a new format. The modern version of the lottery requires players to pick 5 numbers from 1 to 54 and a Reintegro number from 0 to 9. Reintegro numbers are a popular part of Spanish lotteries in general. Draws are held in Madrid, Spain at the studios of Loterias y Apuestas del Estado. The draws take place on Sunday night at 21:30.


The original El Gordo lottery began in 1763 and was played in this form until 1862. It was revived almost 100 years later, in 1985. This occurred due to the establishment of the Lotteria Nacional, and the new lottery had a different format from that which was discontinued a century prior.


In order to play El Gordo, all players need to do is pick 5 numbers from a pool of 90. Then, choose a Reintegro number from 0-9. The Reintegro carries importance for the 1st tier prize, which is the jackpot, as well as for 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th tier prizes.


You don’t have to be in Spain to be part of the fun of El Gordo! Just click on PLAY next to El Gordo’s NEXT DRAW online at LWG. Pick your numbers, or let the computer do it for you. By choosing Quick Pick All, the computer randomly selects your numbers, giving you a statistically better chance of winning. Why not enter into more than one draw, to further increase your winning chances.


The greatest ever modern day El Gordo win occurred in August 2011. After a run of rollovers, the dry patch broke with a single ticket winning the massive amount of €33,024,545. The winning numbers were 12, 29, 36, 39 and 51. The Reintegro was 6. El Gordo’s rollover rule means that the jackpot is rolled over if it is not won in that particular draw. The winner took their money , as is El Gordo practice, as a lump sum cash payment. The winners were a couple from Sevilla. They were expecting a child at the time, and some of the money was put into an investment property to benefit the family. While the husband purchased an extremely expensive box seat to watch his beloved Sevilla Football Club play in style, the couple also decided to use their money to help those less fortunate than themselves. They gave €1 milion to Madrid’s UNICEF Homeless project. The husband, a chef by trade, also used some of the money to set up a restaurant in Sevilla. The restaurant has been very successful. It seems the couple has balanced their personal happiness with supporting worthwhile causes after their mega win with El Gordo.


Sunday nights are exciting times. The draw of El Gordo occurs each Sunday night at 21:30 Spanish time.


We recommend you let the computer choose your numbers for you with a Quick Pick. If you would like to choose your own numbers, it is good to know what the most frequently drawn numbers are. With El Gordo, the current most frequently drawn numbers are 3, 5, 6, 23, 38, 39, 45 and 47. Try and skip the least frequently chosen numbers, which are currently 8, 12, 18, 20, 24, 32, 43 and 49. It is important to note that even though choosing some of the most frequently drawn numbers will increase your chances of winning that El Gordo jackpot you are chasing, choosing only these numbers is less likely to give you a winning ticket. So try and mix it up by throwing in a few frequently drawn numbers on every ticket you play.


The nine tier prize division of El Gordo lets more people win. Starting from the small prize awarded to those in the ninth tier, there is a 1 in 10 chance of winning. All you need is the correct Reintegro number! Winning the 8th tier with two correct numbers, has a 1 in 19 chance, while the 7th tier is won by 1 in 172 players, all of whom have 2 numbers plus the reintegro correct. You have a 1 in 299 chance of winning the 6th tier prize, with 3 correct numbers. Winning the 5th tier are the 1 in 2689 players who choose 3 correct numbers plus the correct reintegro. The 4th tier, won by 1 in 14,342 players, requires the matching of 4 numbers. To win the 3rd tier prize, choose 4 numbers plus the reintegro correctly, and be a 1 in 129,082 winner. The second tier is won by 1 in 3,513,900 players and requires 5 numbers to match those drawn. To win the jackpot you need to be the 1 person out of 31,625,100 and have all the lucky numbers including the full 5 main numbers plus the correct reintegro number matching.