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Can Non-Spaniards Play El Gordo Lottery?

Can Non-Spaniards Play El Gordo Lottery?

The Spanish Christmas lottery El Gordo (Loteria de Navidad) is one of the most highly anticipated events in the European Lottery calendar. If you want to take part in this lottery but are not based in Spain then you need not worry. Foreigners and resident Spaniards alike can buy tickets for this event.

What is El Gordo?

El Gordo is the second-oldest lottery in the world and it has been a major institution in Spain for many years. It takes place every year on the 22nd of December and has been drawn since 1812. Thanks to the epic prize pay-out that comes with it, it can easily be considered to be one of the biggest lotteries in the world too.

National Lottery - Euro Millions - El Gordo - Loteria Nacional (pic by Pixabay)
(pic by Pixabay)

The tickets cost €200 each and they use a 5-digit serial ticket number system that allows thousands of tickets to be printed each year. This means that the jackpot can be worth potentially millions of Euros and it could be paid to multiple winners. Due to the way the ticketing works, there will usually be multiple winning tickets (in a so-called series) and they are all given a share of the prize. It is an exciting game to play.

Usually, what you buy is not a full ticket for the El Gordo Lottery, but rather a decimo (one-tenth). This brings the purchase price down to €20, however, it means also the winning is only one-tenth of the full ticket.

Why can foreigners buy tickets for it?

With such a massive prize up for grabs, why are players from all countries allowed to grab a piece of the action? It is all thanks to the laws of Spain when it comes to lotteries. Thanks to the Spanish Gaming Authority, a player does not have to be a resident of Spain to play the lottery and win a prize.

Following the internet boom, this has made it possible for players across the world to easily purchase tickets and potentially grab themselves a slice of the El Gordo Lottery pie. Even if you are located outside of Spain, you should be able to purchase a ticket and win completely legally.

How can foreigners play?

The first way foreigners can play El Gordo Lottery is through purchasing a ticket themselves. Various websites offer tickets for all the Spanish lottery draws, so you will be able to get your hands on a ticket or two and then you simply have to sit back and wait for the draw. Also, you could take a short weekend trip to Spain, enjoy a break and buy a lottery ticket from one of the local vendors.

However, with so many people trying to buy tickets for this event, you may want to look into ways that could potentially increase your chances of a win.

One such way to do so would be with a professional syndicate operator like Yourlottoservice. Syndicates are groups of people who all put money towards the same lottery ticket, or groups of tickets, and any prize money won is split between the groups. Though you may not get the full prize offered by El Gordo Lottery, you might still get a life-changing amount. It is a path that is definitely worth thinking about if you want to play from abroad.

This is a once-a-year event that cannot be missed. If you are used to hedging your luck with the National Lottery or Euromillions, why not consider joining a syndicate for December so you can play the El Gordo Lottery. If you win, it could be the perfect Christmas treat for your entire family. Take a look at El Gordo for 2020, and some of the syndicates you could join to get a slice of the action.

Does Yourlottoservice offer El Gordo syndicates?

Yes and no.

What you can not do at Yourlottoservice for the El Gordo Lottery is to sign up for a bunch of various El Gordo syndicates.

However, Yourlottoservice does offer syndicates for El Gordo. You will be part of a syndicate playing one decimo, and participation is free. Really? Yes, it is.

All you need for a free participation in the El Gordo Lottery is either a special promotion code (usually distributed via magazines or newspapers), or be a subscriber to one of the standard National Lottery and EuroMillions syndicates.

Sounds interesting? It certainly is. Give us a call today to find out more about playing in syndicates as well as the El Gordo Lottery!

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