Worldwide Christmas Lottery Round Up

Friday December 21st 2012

Its nearly Christmas, and people all over the world will be wrapping presents, doing last minute shopping and have their minds totally occupied with turkey and tinsel – but don’t forget your weekly lottery ticket too! Christmas is a great time to try out a new lotto, and with some European lotteries offering the biggest and best jackpot prizes, why not buy a special Christmas ticket this week? Here, we give you the lowdown of the best lotteries around the world this Christmas.

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First up is the famous El Gordo Navidad – known as the Big One, or the Christmas Lottery. It is an annual draw held in Spain on 22nd December 2012 with a prize pool of a massive €2.52 billion, making it the biggest lottery in the world! This lottery is a little like a raffle, drawing five digit numbers from the drums known as bombos, and there are a whole host of prizes on offer, with a top prize of €4 million. However, each five digit ticket is sold in series of 180, which means 180 players will win that top prize! Yes, that’s right – 180 will win €4 million each! For more on the El Gordo, visit the homepage on, where you can also buy tickets – if you are quick!

Also of interest is the Mega Sena Mega Da Virada lottery, which is held annually in Brazil on 31st December 2012. It has a top prize of R$180 million on offer (which equates to about USD $85 million) for the player to match all six numbers from a possible 60.

Of course one lottery everyone is familiar with is the Euromillions, which will see a special version of the UK Millionaire raffle held on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There will be 25 £1 million prizes on offer on each draw, as well as the massive Euromillions jackpot – which is currently estimated at €100 million for the draw tonight.

We at would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas, and good luck on whatever lottery you decide to play. We will be back with the latest world and USA lottery news after the festive break.

Written by Brett Levenson

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