This Wednesday the Extraordinary Draw of the National Lottery is celebrated. An event, which takes place in the iconic Teatro Real in Madrid, in which the children of San Ildefonso will distribute 2,408 million euros among all those who are any of the multiple numbers awarded. From the Gordo, valued at 400,000 euros for the tenth played to other minor prizes such as stones or refunds, which will allow us to recover the money invested.
Of the 100,000 balls that go into the drum, only one hides the Fat. Although the probability that you will win the first prize is very small, of just 0.001%, the illusion to win this award is immense. And it is that, in a year as hard as this 2021 has been, marked again by the COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility of taking up to 400,000 euros per tenth played is always an incentive to close the year well.
72897, the last fat man
The Jackpot of the Christmas Lottery 2020 was 72897. A number that distributed hundreds of millions throughout the country in a year in which we had to stay in our homes to deal with the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. From Punta Umbría (Huelva), Reus (Tarragona), Granada or Madrid to Boñar (León), O Grove (Pontevedra) or Bilbao. Although it is very difficult for the same number to save the first prize on more than one occasion, there are several precedents.
The first of them was number 20297, which El Gordo hid in 1903 and later in 2006. More than a century away in which the extraordinary Christmas Lottery draw has changed considerably both in terms of format referred to as in awards. The second and last number twice graceful with El Gordo is 15640, which he played in both 1956 and 1978.
These are the communities that play the most
Will the first prize return to Madrid? For yet another year, Madrid, Andalusia and Catalonia are the autonomous regions that have invested the most in the Extraordinary Christmas Lottery Draw. In the case of Madrid, 2,640,504 tickets with a total value of 528,100,800 euros have been put up for sale, thus becoming the autonomous community that plays the most numbers for the draw that takes place this Wednesday. However, Madrid men and women are not the ones who play the most.
As has been announced by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, the citizens of Castilla y León are the ones who spend the most money on the Christmas Lottery with an average of 104.24 euros. An average of about five numbers by which they aspire to win the long-awaited Gordo. Below we can find the Asturians, who leave 96.82 euros on average with the aim of winning the first prize and the people from La Rioja, who have spent an average of 96.77 euros in search of a good end of the year.
We are all the Treasury: this is what is left of each award
If the prize you have been awarded is equal to or greater than 2,000 euros, the Tax Agency will claim 20% of the amount contemplated before the bank proceeds to deposit into your account, leaving the first 2,500 euros free of this withholding. In this edition, the minimum exempt from tax is 40,000 euros. In this way, you will only have to pay for the first, second and third prize of the extraordinary draw of the Christmas Lottery.
As usual, the Treasury will take 72,000 euros from each tenth awarded with the Gordo and you will keep 324,000 euros if you win the first prize. Meanwhile, and if you have obtained the second or third prize, the Treasury will keep 17,000 and 2,000 euros and you will take 108,000 euros and 48,000 euros. Therefore, when collecting a prize, you also have to take into account the withholding that will be applied later.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.