Ebene News – United States – Spain hosts huge Christmas lottery with virus restrictions

MADRID (AP) – Children from San Ildefonso school in Madrid started shouting the winning numbers during the exceptional Christmas lottery known as “EL Gordo” (the fat one), which takes place in difficult conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic

The lottery will pay out 400,000 euros ($ 489,000) or some 325,000 euros after tax, to holders of 20-euro tickets bearing the number of the first prize

The incredibly popular lottery dishes out of a total of 24 billion euros in prizes this year, much of it at low prizes

Other lotteries have larger individual prizes, but the Spain Christmas Lottery, held annually on December 22, is ranked among the richest in the world for the total amount of prizes involved

Televised nationally from the city’s Teatro Real opera house, the lottery was held without an audience this year Organizers and participants on the theater stage donned masks and passed PCR tests beforehand Children were allowed to briefly remove masks while they sang the numbers and prizes

Families, friends and colleagues traditionally buy the 20 euro banknotes, or “decimos, (tenths)” together as part of a winter holiday tradition.They then wait in the hope that the fortune shines on them

Normally, jubilant street and bar scenes follow winners celebrating with unblocked bottles of sparkling wine, but this year authorities have called for extra caution because of the virus

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Ebene News – United States – Spain hosts huge Christmas lottery with virus restrictions

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