The Ultimate Loteria de Navidad Guide

Want to enter the biggest lotto event of the year? Do you fancy a Xmas raffle game offering mouth-watering odds of winning starting at 1:10? All this is possible with the Lottery de Navidad - the raffle organized by the Spanish National Lottery each year, on Christmas Eve. You can play the Loteria de Navidad from India on LottoSmile. You can also play the Loteria Nacional, which is available to Indian players online, too!

1. What is Loteria de Navidad?

5. The odds of winning

2. History of the Navidad lottery

6. The statistics

3 Lottery of Navidad’s draw

7. The Navidad's commercials

4 The Loteria de Navidad’s tickets

8. Play from elsewhere

What is Loteria de Navidad?

The Loteria de Navidad is one of the most anticipated lottery events of the year. The Spanish Christmas Raffle, known among the locals as Lotería de Navidad or Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad (the official name) offers all fans of raffle games amazing odds of winning and a prize pool of €252 crore. This makes Lotería de Navidad the most generous lottery draw in the entire world. So, what are you waiting for? Discover the magic of Christmas in Spain by entering this amazing Spanish raffle, which offers:

  • A prize pool of €252 crore in 2023!

  • 24.5 crore ways to win a prize!

  • €68 crore in jackpot prizes!

  • 1 in 10 chances of winning Loteria de Navidad's last prize!

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Loteria de Navidad's History

The first Spanish Christmas raffle draw ever took place on December 18, 1812 in Cadiz held by one of the Spanish Public Administration Institutions, now called the Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. The first prize, known as the El Gordo was scooped by the ticket number 03604. At that time, this special draw was called Prósperos de Premios, and the name Sorteo de Navidad (Christmas Draw) was first used for the draw in December 23, 1892, but did not appear on tickets until 1897.

In the past, the draws of this Christmas lottery were taking place in the Lotería Nacional Amphitheater in Madrid, and in 2010 and 2011 the draw was hosted by the Madrid Municipal Congress Palacio. Starting 2012, the draw takes place at the Teatro Real in Madrid, located in Plaza de Isabel II.

The School of San Ildefonso in Madrid (in the past a school for orphans and children of civil servants) is a symbol for this draw as well as for other Spanish raffles. In fact, some of the funds from the sale of the tickets are donated to this school. The Spanish Lottery organizes during the year other special raffle draws that aim to fund this institution, whose pupils draw the balls from the ballot box and sing the results out loud. Until 1984, only boys from San Ildefonso participated in the Lottery of Navidad. 1984 marked a historic turn, Mónica Rodríguez being the first girl to be allowed to participate.

In 1837, it was the first time there were two top prizes of equal value. On December 22, 1938, because of the Civil War, there were two Loteria de Navidad draws, one in Barcelona and one in Burgos.

When do the Loteria de Navidad draws take place?

This annual raffle takes place every year on December 22, giving all participants a 1 in 1,00,000 chance of winning the big prize! This year's draw, like those of the last 200 years, will have the same traditional style that fans of this raffle have already become accustomed to! The wooden balls will be drawn from one barrel, while the tickets are drawn from the other. This event usually lasts for about 3 hours, and the results are chanted by the students of San Ildefonso School in Madrid! The event is broadcasted live by Televisión Española and Radio Nacional de España, and the audience in the room is usually dressed in extravagant outfits.

The Loteria de Navidad ticket explained

Loteria de Navidad ticket explained

1 – This is the ticket (billete) number – can range between 00000-99999. This is the five-digit code which will be drawn at the time of the raffle.

2 – This is the lottery number and year for the upcoming draw.

3 – This is the series number for the ticket – can range between 1-180.

4 – This is the share (décimo) number – can range between 1-10.

5 – This is the complete date for the upcoming draw.

6 – This is your ticket code.

The Loteria de Navidad Tickets

This is yet another of the great traditions surrounding the Loteria de Navidad. Every year, the lottery issues a ticket featuring one of Spain’s greatest works of art. This is meant to pay homage to the country’s astounding cultural heritage. Here is a short list of the visuals included on the tickets:

  • 2023 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “La Natividad” – an oil painting on panel by Maestro de Sopetrán – displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2022 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “La Virgen con el Niño en la Gloria” – an oil painting by Maratta Carlo – part of the Spanish Royal Collection of the National Museum of Madrid.

  • 2021 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “La Virgen de la granada” – a tempera on panel by Fra Angelico; displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2020 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “La Adoracion de los Magos” – an oil on canvas by Peter Paul Rubens; displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2019 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Sagrada Familia con San Juanito, o Virgen de la rosa” – an oil on panel transferred to canvas, by Raffaello Sanzio; displayed at the National Gallery in London.

  • 2018 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Virgen con el Niño” –painting from the Retablo de la Vida del Virgen y de San Francisco – displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2017 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Adoracion de los pastores” – an oil painting by Bartolome Esteban Murilio, 1650 – displayed in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2016 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Nacimiento flamenco” – polychrome wooden altarpiece from the XV century, anonymous – featured in the Santa Maria Cathedral in Leon.

  • 2015 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Adoracion de los pastores” – oil painting by Juan del Castilio, XVII century – featured in the Museum of Beautiful Arts in Sevilla.

  • 2014 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “Adoracion de los Reyes Magnos” – painting by Pieter Coecke van Aelst – XVI century – featured in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

  • 2013 Loteria de Navidad Ticket – “El Nacimiento” – canvas made in oil by Federico Barocci in 1597 - featured in the Prado National Museum in Madrid.

What Are the Odds of Winning at the Lotería de Navidad?

Loteria de Navidad offers 15,304 ways to win on each ticket. Odds of winning start at 1 in 10 for the lowest prize of this raffle and goes up to 1 in 1,00,000 for the €68 crore jackpot (for the whole winning ticket). The chances of winning the €40 lakh jackpot (with one copy) are of one in 1,70,00,000. The odds of winning the €4,00,000 prize (with one share) are of one in 17,00,00,000.

On average, players have a 5.3% chance of winning, which is quite appealing when compared to the odds of winning the Powerball or other lotteries. The odds of winning the El Gordo prize are of 0.001%, while the EuroMillions lottery offers 1 in 13,98,38,160 chances to hit the jackpot (0.0000000086%). When you play US Mega Millions online or other lottery giants, you have even less appealing odds of winning the top prize.

What Are Loteria de Navidad's Statistics?

  • The 15,640 number was twice the winner in the history of this raffle - in 1956 and 1978. Same as 20,297 - in the years 1903 and 2006.

  • The El Gordo prize was scooped four times with tickets with the same three-digit number: 25,444, 25,888, 35,999 and 55,666.

  • The two-digit combinations that have been repeated over the years are: 85, 7 times (in 1841, 1858, 1867, 1868, 1900, 1915 and 2005); 57, 6 times (in 1820, 1846, 1871, 1878, 1881 and 1932); 75, 5 times (1825, 1835, 1843, 1869 and 1962); 64, five times (in the years 1821, 1948, 1961, 1976 and 1987), 95, four times (in 1886, 1994, 1995 and 2001) and 58 times four times (in 1881, 1987 and 2012).

  • Winning tickets have never ended in: 09, 10, 21, 25, 31, 34, 41, 42, 43, 51, 54, 59, 67, 78 and 82.

  • 1 was the rarest figure for ending the jackpot winning code, followed by 2 and 9.

The Exceptional Loteria de Navidad Commercials

Lottery ads have a history of going the extra mile to gather players, but the commercials for the Loteria de Navidad are unlike anything else in the world of lottery advertisement. Every year, the Spanish Christmas Lottery releases a short film to promote the upcoming raffle. This is actually a big part of the traditions surrounding this lottery because the release of the ad is an event in itself. Let us show you the best Loteria de Navidad ads of the last years, so that you can get an idea of just how amazing they are:

Watch the video here!

“La Mirada de Daniel ” – Loteria de Navidad Ad 2017

2017’s El Gordo advert is one of fairytales. Directed by Oscar winner Alejandro Amenábar, the ad tells the story of Danielle, an alien who comes to Earth, takes human form and finds out about the wonder of love. The alien walks in Madrid and ends up staying in line for El Gordo tickets. Here, she meets Daniel, a young man who tries to help her, as she appears to be lost in a country where she does not speak the language. Daniel buys two El Gordo tickets, hands one to the girl, and introduces himself. When she repeats what he said, she gets the name Danielle from him. Then, he takes her in and this is how their story begins. First gradually, then suddenly, they fall in love, in spite of the language barrier and all the other reasons keeping them apart. But when Danielle gets lost in Madrid, they are in danger of never seeing each other again. Find out how this enchanting love story ends in 2017’s ad for the Loteria de Navidad!

Watch the video here!

“December 21” – Loteria de Navidad Ad 2016

This is one of the most heartwarming Christmas ads of all time and it tells the story of Carmina, a lovely lady who sees a Loteria de Navidad spot on television and believes that she has a winning ticket. She gets incredibly excited about her win and she wants to share it with the entire town. The only issue is that draw for the Spanish Christmas lottery has not yet been held, as the date is December 21st. In spite of this, nobody in town has the heart to tell her that she had not won the lottery just yet. This leads to the entire town getting involved in this make-believe lottery win celebration because Carmina had a special spot in everybody’s heart. Watch the ad to find out whether or not her son masters the courage to tell her the truth or not.

Watch the video here!

“Justino” – Loteria de Navidad Ad 2015

From all the Loteria de Navidad ads made up to this point, “Justino” is by far the best. This animated short film is about a night guard from a mannequin factory in Spain, who always put in extra effort to make everybody’s day better. With Christmas coming up, Justino decides to make a very special holiday installment for his colleagues, for which he uses mannequins from the factory. Preoccupied with his project, Justino forgets all about the Loteria de Navidad. He realizes that he forgot to put in his share in the factory syndicate as he reads about his colleagues winning the Spanish Christmas Lottery. As he goes in to congratulate them, Justino will get a surprise of his very own.

Can You Participate to the Loteria de Navidad from India?

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