The El Niño lottery draw follows a close resemblance to the Spanish Christmas Lottery (El Gordo de Navidad). Each number is read out one by one by a small group of Spanish school children live. The video below takes a look at coverage from the 2014 El Niño draw, held in Madrid, Spain.



Here you can see a small part of the El Niño lottery live draw taking place, when the second prize is drawn. 


As you can see, there are 5 golden containers, which correspond from right to left: units, tenths, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands (each number has 5 digits: 00000, therefore each container corresponds to a digit).

First, each child reads out each individual number from the balls that are drawn from golden containers. The children will start by drawing the numbers of the smallest prizes, and continue towards the bigger prizes. The El Niño draw follows this structure right the way through, following in numerical order the value of the prizes.

Once the first child has read aloud the number of the ball, a second child will then show a card with that number, so that the results are clear to everybody. Another child then says the amount of the corresponding prize. The children then come together to form a line and show the complete El Niño winning ticket number, again, so that the results are made clear for everybody to see.


The El Niño draw will take place on the 6th of January 2015 in Madrid, Spain. You can buy El Niño lottery and purchase Spanish Christmas Lottery tickets online at 

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