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Six differences between the El Niño Lottery and the Christmas Lottery in Spain

Lotería del Niño 6 Jan 2006, #99666. Photo: Álvaro Ibáñez Some Rights Reserved

    The El Niño awards are lower than in El Gordo, but in return there are more prize winners

    In 2022, once more, the Lotería del Niño, will be celebrated on January 6. This draw was first held in 1941 and from that date until 1998, it was held on January 5, coinciding with the Noche de Los Reyes (Three Kings Night / Twelfth Night). 

    1. The El Niño Lottery draw is held by the modern system, that is, there is a drum for each of the digits that make up a number, drawn for each programmed prize. The Christmas Gordo Draw is carried out by the traditional system: a drum in which all the numbers are drawn and another drum with the prizes, with which prize going to that number also being determined by chance.
    2. The issue for the El Niño draw is much lower than that for the Christmas Draw, with 45 series of numbers, versus 160. However, the number of numbers drawn is the same: 100,000. That brings the odds down to 1 in 900 million compared to 3,200.
    3. The El Niño prizes are lower. The first prize of the El Niño awards a tenth (one ticket = a tenth of a strip) with 200,000 euros, half that of the Gordo de Navidad. The second prize is 75,000 euros (compared to 125,000 at Christmas) and the third is 25,000 euros (half of the 50,000 euros on December 22). There are no fourth or fifth prizes.
    4. In the Lotería del Niño there are three reimbursements: the completion of the first prize —as at Christmas— and two other special reimbursements that are drawn.
    5. You are more likely to win a prize in El Niño than in the Christmas Lottery. While El Gordo awards less than a 7th of the numbers, on Three Kings Day, a third of the tenths win a prize.
    6. The Christmas draw opens up the Christmas holidays for Spaniards, on the contrary, the El Niño draw closes them. 

    Las seis diferencias entre el Sorteo del Niño y el de Navidad