La Primitiva is a hugely popular Spanish lottery game, played weekly on Thursday’s and Saturday’s. It has established itself amongst Europe’s biggest lottery names, offering attractive prizes with impressive odds of winning, paying out staggering amounts yearly in jackpot and secondary prizes.
The game is simple to play, and all players have to do is pick six numbers (from a range of 1 – 49), while lottery officials also draw a seventh number, called Complementario from the same set. The Complementario number cannot count towards the jackpot prize however creates a secondary prize for matching five plus the Complementario. An extra number known as the ‘Reintegro number’ is automatically assigned to players’ tickets, and if all six main numbers as well as this Reintegro number drawn are matched, then the jackpot is won. The Jackpot can roll over as many times as needed until the top prize is won, which makes for some great jackpot values.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 139,838,160, and the number most commonly drawn is 39, with the least frequently drawn number being 49.
Please find below a table displaying a breakdown of all the prize categories as well as the matches needed to win them:
|Special||6 + Reintegro||1 in 139,838,160|
|Rank 1||6||1 in 13,983,816|
|Rank 2||5 + Complementario||1 in 2,330,636|
|Rank 3||5||1 in 55,491|
|Rank 4||4||1 in 1,032|
|Rank 5||3||1 in 57|
|Rank 6||Reintegro||1 in 10|
Draws take place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:30 GMT.
This lottery has changed many people’s lives, pocketing them some huge sums of money and one example came in June 2011. A 34-year-old Spanish man was in the middle of protesting for funding cuts to welfare and unemployment in the Puerta del Sol, Madrid before winning €1,348,910 from La Primitiva. Following his staggering win, the lucky winner continued his efforts to reform the rules with a much healthier bank account to his name.
La Primitiva’s record jackpot stands at an impressive €66.6 million from August 2013, with the previous record being January 2013’s jackpot of €30,547,703.63.
Regardless of what it is that you may want to use the money for, there is no doubting the life changing differences some of the prizes up for grabs can make. If you want to be one of these lucky winners, why not give La Primitiva a try with us today?
La Primitiva’s first draw was held on December 10th 1763, and the original structure of the game required players to match five numbers from a range of 1 – 90. La Primitiva was actually removed from play for a period of time by royal order in 1862, however was re-established in August of 1985. It was run by the ‘Organismo Nacional de Loterias y Apuestas del Estado (ONLAE) following its return, and took the play format which is still used today. One thing that was added in November 2012 was the new prize category, which saw jackpot winners who correctly match six numbers as well as the Reintegro number (randomly assigned to players’ ticket) collect an additional sum of money on top of the previous jackpot prize.
La Primitiva means “the primitive one” in English which is a hint towards its long history in Spain.
The draws are held in Madrid and according to federal regulation, at least 55% of sales are allocated to payment of the jackpot and secondary prizes, while the remaining funds go towards operational costs and local charities.