Spain’s ‘El Gordo’ lottery kicks off Christmas festivities - BBC News

Many Spaniards have crossed their fingers in hope for a prize in what is believed to be the world’s biggest lottery.

It is called “El Gordo”, meaning the fat one, and has been running for over two centuries.

This year the prize pot runs to $2.5bn euros ($2.7bn dollars) – but how does the process work and why is the tradition important for families across the country?

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