Inside world’s biggest lottery the £2BILLION El Gordo – and Brits can win

BRITS could win a share of a whopping £2billion in the world’s biggest Christmas lottery tomorrow.

The jackpot numbers in the world-famous El Gordo lottery – Spain’s biggest and most popular draw of the year – will be announced on Thursday.

The £2billion festive draw has been held annually in Spain since 1812

The £2billion festive draw has been held annually in Spain since 1812Credit: Getty

The £2billion festive draw, held annually in the country since 1812, famously turns Brits and Spaniards into millionaires overnight.

It’s the biggest prize payout in the world and millions tune in globally to watch the draw live on TV on December 22 every year.

The draw will see the top prize – known as El Gordo – paid out to those with the five winning numbers.

This year, 180 million £15 tickets are up for grabs and the total amount for the grand prize is set to be £3.5million.

But millions of other prizes are up for grabs from the £2billion prize pot.

It’s designed so as many people as possible snag a win or at least break even with cash prizes across the country.

It is very popular with British expats bidding to be in with a chance of sharing an eye-watering prize pot.

People can queue for hours in the days running up to the lottery to snatch their £15 tickets from the most popular vendors.

Some buy them for themselves or as gifts for others. 

Work colleagues, relatives or friends also pool money to purchase tickets, with their eyes set on sharing the prizes.

Other lotteries have bigger individual top prizes – but Spain’s Christmas lottery is ranked as the world’s richest for the total prize money involved.

Schoolchildren from Madrid’s San Ildefonso school – once for orphans – famously sing out the numbers at a ceremony starting at 9am.

The lottery is run by the state and supports several charity efforts.

Players do not have to be a resident of Spain to play the lottery and win a prize.

El Gordo explains: “It is the same as if you came to Spain as a tourist and buy your tickets in any lottery shop.

“In fact, we have customers in more than 140 countries playing with us.”

Brits can play El Gordo by visiting the website and selecting numbers – or ex-pats in Spain can visit their local shop to get their hands on a ticket.

Those who want to take part in the festive draw have until 4pm UK time on Wednesday to buy their tickets.