The province of Almeria in Spain is celebrating again with another big lottery win. Last month players in the area won the top prize in the El Gordo de Navidad. This month the El Niño lottery draw has been held and the province has hit the jackpot for the second time.
While British players are continuing to chase the UK Lotto jackpot which has reached £57.8m and has to be won on January 9, Spanish players are celebrating the El Niño lottery draw. That took place on January 6 and is considered to be the little brother to the El Gordo de Navidad. El Niño translates into ‘The Child’ and is held on the same date each year as it’s believed that is when the baby Jesus was visited by the Three Wise Men.
The winning number in the 2016 draw was 22654 and one of the big winners was a resident of Alhama de Murcia. The lucky player won €200,000 with a ticket purchased from the lottery office in Avenida Juan Carlos I.
One of the towns where the most winning El Niño tickets were sold was Roquetas de Mar in the province of Almeria. Players there were still celebrating their success in the El Gordo de Navidad and €200,000 prizes to the value of €630m are on their way to players in the municipality. It’s believed that some of the El Niño lucky winners were also winners in the El Gordo de Navidad, giving more joy to the struggling south coast town.
Other winning El Niño tickets were sold in Torremendo in the province of Alicante, Vall de Uxo in Castellon, Gijon in Asturias, Barcelona, Lleida, Badalona and Sant Vicenc in the region of Catalunya and Bilbao and Pasai Antxo in the Basque Country.
The second prize went to holders of the number 60755 and the tickets for that number were all sold in Madrid. The third prize went to number 95395, which was sold to some players in Guardo in the province of Palencia (Castilla y Leon). That’s a good return for players from Castilla y Leon where most tickets were draw with inhabitants spending an average of €21.72.
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