During all the years in which the Christmas Lottery was celebrated, 206 years to be exact, many anecdotes and curiosities have been emerging. In this article from La Lotera, we are going to explain 16 curiosities about the Christmas Lottery.
- On December 18, 1812, the Christmas Lottery, then known as "Prosper Prizes", was held in Cádiz for the first time. The first Gordo was for the number 03604.
- The first time it was called "Christmas Raffle" was on December 23, 1892, although the change was not printed on the tickets until 1897.
- The first tenths of the Christmas Lottery started selling in July
- The lottery of the Christmas Lottery has never been canceled since its inception in 1812, not even by the Civil War.
- On December 22, 1938 two draws were held, because Spain was divided into two camps, one in Barcelona and one in Burgos.
- In the Spanish Civil War, the lottery tickets of the national area were made by a private company and it was not until February 1, 1940 when the banknotes again took the imprint of the National Factory of Currency and Stamp. In 1985 the National Lottery and Betting Agency of the State (LAE) came to take charge of its organization.
- In 1941 the payment of reimbursements began, which meant a notable increase in the sale of tickets.
- In 1959 there were only 8 series, there are currently 180 series.
- In 2002 for the first time the Christmas Raffle in euros was sung, which lasted nine minutes less because the children of the Colegio de San Idelfonso took less time to name the current 1,000 euros than the former 50,000 pesetas. It was the last Christmas Gordo free of taxes.
- The prize of the "Gordo" Christmas that has taken less time to come out in the history of the draw has been the year 2004, just thirteen minutes into the draw. It was the ball 39 of the second wire of the first board.
- The worst-case ending of the Christmas Lottery has been the 1, has only left 8 times.
- There has never been a number between 80,000 and 99,999.
- The floor of the room where the draw is made, is lined with mosqueta so that the balls can not roll in case of fall.
- In 2010, the raffle was held at the Palacio de Congresos in Madrid, after 47 consecutive editions held at the former headquarters of State Lotteries and Betting, located on Guzmán Street in Bueno.
- In 2012 the official hype of the Christmas Lottery was used to draw tickets to the final of the Europe League and the Copa del Rey that the Athletic Club played.
- In the whole history of the Christmas Raffle, only two numbers have been repeated: 15,640, which came out in the years 1956 and 1978 and the 20,297 that came out in the years 1903 and 2006.
- The first prize has never ended in the numbers 09, 10, 13, 16, 21, 25, 31, 34, 41, 42, 43, 51, 54, 59, 67, 78 and 82.
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