The world's biggest lottery took place in Spain on Tuesday with prizes worth a combined 2.24 billion euros ($2.43 billion) up for grabs.
Known as "El Gordo" ('The fat one" or "fatty"), Spain's annual Christmas lottery is the biggest and most famous lottery in the world. It is estimated that three quarters of Spain's 46 million population took part in the lottery, a tradition that dates back to 1812 and continued even throughout Spain's civil war.
Tickets bearing the largest slice of the prize - around 4 million euros - were sold in the southern beach city of Roquetas de Mar, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday morning. The winning number — 79140 — appeared on a total of 1,600 tickets, with each ticket holder winning 400,000 euros ($434,800), according to the news agency.
Spaniards line up to buy tickets for El Gordo each year but true to the Christmas spirit of sharing, no one person can win a jackpot of $2.4 billion. Instead, the lottery was designed to give as many people as possible a Christmas bonus with family and friends often sharing tickets.