The El Gordo de la Primitiva (translated to “the biggest of the old lotteries”)
is a Spanish lottery started in 1763 by the Marquis of Esquilache. The old format
allowed people to choose a combination of five numbers from 1 to 90. This lottery,
one of the oldest in the world, was discontinued in 1862, but revived in 1985 with
the introduction of the Loteria Nacional. Its new format now allowed people to pick
a five-number combination from numbers 1 to 54 and the Reintegro number from 0 to
Draws are held once a week on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Spanish time, at the studios of
the Loterías y Apuestas del Estado headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
El Gordo lotto rules
Don’t know how to play El Gordo? It’s simple. To win the El Gordo de la Primitiva
Jackpot, the player needs to match all five numbers and the Reintegro.
Players can also win prizes when they match five numbers, four numbers or three
in the winning combination.
Frequent number results
Taking recent draws into account, the El Gordo de la Primitiva’s most frequently
drawn numbers are: 3, 5, 6, 23, 38, 39, 45 and 47. On the other hand the least frequently
drawn numbers are: 8, 12, 18, 20, 24, 32, 43 and 49.
Odds to win
Players have a 1:299 chance to match three numbers, a 1:14,342 chance of matching
four, a 1:3,513,900 chance of matching five, and a 1:31,625,100 chance of matching
In El Gordo de la Primitiva, the jackpot is rolled over to the next draw if results
do not yield a first prize winner. That means if you did not win in a draw, you
get a bigger prize if you win the next one! El Gordo de La Primitiva prizes are
paid as a lump sum.