Spanish Lottery

Spanish Lottery

If you’re planning to head across to Spain for some sun, cervezas and tapas and fancy coming home with a pocket full of cash then you may want to consider a cheeky punt on the Spanish Lottery. Foreigners are welcome to play however, any winnings that leave the country are subject to 20% tax. The main Spanish lottery draw is called “La Primitiva” which translates in to “The Primitive” and is drawn every Thursday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased through stores and lottery outlets throughout Spain. With the Spanish lottery, users select any 6 numbers between 1 and 49 and the jackpot is won by matching 6 out of 6 balls on the draw. Seven balls are drawn in total (6 regular balls followed by the bonus ball). There is also the option to purchase a lucky dip where a random selection of 6 numbers will be issued to the player.

The odds of winning the Spanish lottery are as follows:

Jackpot (Match 6)                            1 in 13,983,816

Match 5 + the bonus ball               1 in 2,330,636

Match 5                                               1 in 54,201

Match 4                                               1 in 1,032

Match 3                                               1 in 57

Stuck in freezing cold Scotland looking out at the wet grey granite but still fancy a punt on the Spanish lottery? You’re in luck as it is also played through bookies within the UK with slightly different rules. Instead of selecting 6 numbers, the player has the option to pick 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, however a prize will only be won if that exact number of balls match. For example, if the player selects 3 balls, let’s say number 12, 18 and 48, and numbers 18 and 48 come up in the draw, then no prize is claimable. The player also has the option to select if the bonus ball is considered in their selections, giving them a greater chance of winning but at the same time lowering the returns. The returns in the bookies vary but are generally as follows:

Without Bonus Ball                          With Bonus Ball

Pick 1 Match 1                   £6 per £1 staked                               £5 per £1 staked

Pick 2 Match 2                   £66 per £1 staked                            £40 per £1 staked

Pick 3 Match 3                   £650 per £1 staked                          £350 per £1 staked

Pick 4 Match 4                   £8,000 per £1 staked                      £5,000 per £1 staked

Pick 5 Match 5                   £100,000 per £1 staked                 £50,000 per £1 staked

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