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About La Primitiva

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.

How to play La Primitiva & Odds

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:

Special6 + Reintegro1 in 139,838,160
Rank 161 in 13,983,816
Rank 25 + Complementario1 in 2,330,636
Rank 351 in 55,491
Rank 441 in 1,032
Rank 531 in 57
Rank 6Reintegro1 in 10

Draws take place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 21:40 Spanish time.

Notable Winners

This lottery has changed many people's lives, pocketing them some huge sums of money. La Primitiva’s record jackpot stands at an impressive €98.44 million from October 15, 2015, won by a single ticket in Barcelona. The next higher prize obtained in the La Primitiva draw was €78.58 millions, won by a player from the Valencia province on January 3rd, 2019. The first thing the lucky winner did when he discovered his luck was to order a Ferrari. He revealed that he had been playing the same numbers for 30 years.

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?

History and Further Information

La Primitiva Game History and changes

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.

Further Information

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.