Spain kicks off festivities with ‘El Gordo’ bumper lottery


              Jose Maria Madurga, 54, a lottery office owner, celebrates after selling the first prize Christmas lottery ticket El Gordo, or The Fat One, with the number 05490, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. An unemployed Peruvian woman was among those blessed to have one of the top-prize winning tickets Thursday in Spain’s bumper Christmas lottery, known as “El Gordo” (The Fat One). Lucky holders of the 20-euro tickets with the number 05490 were due to receive 400,000 euros ($426,000), or some 325,000 euros after tax, to holders of 20-euro tickets bearing the number.  (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Jose Maria Madurga, 54, an owner of lottery office, celebrates after selling the first prize Christmas lottery ticket El Gordo, or The Fat One, with the number 05490, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022..(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              The owner of a lottery administration celebrates the sale of one of the lottery tickets known as "El Gordo," or The Fat One, sold in his store in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. Spain has kicked off the festive period with one of its most iconic events: the huge Christmas lottery, known as "El Gordo," or The Fat One. The most sought-after prize shells out 400,000 euros ($425,000), or some 325,000 euros after tax, to winning holders of 20-euro tickets, known as "décimos."(AP Photo/Paul White)
            
              A man prepares a giant drum filled with small numbered balls at Madrid's Teatro Real opera house during Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw known as El Gordo or The Fat One, in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. Other lotteries have bigger individual top prizes but Spain's Christmas lottery, held each Dec. 22, is ranked as the world's richest for total prize money. (Eduardo Parra /Europa Press via AP)
            
              A homeless man sits in the street as a Christmas lottery ticket seller waits for customers in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, will be held on Dec. 22. (AP Photo/Paul White)
            
              A man with a suit and hat decorated in printed lottery tickets stands outside the famous Doña Manolita lottery ticket shop in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. People are buying last minute Christmas lottery tickets for Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, which will be held on Dec. 22. (AP Photo/Paul White)
            
              A woman, left, looks at a selection of Christmas lottery ticket numbers on a board in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. People are buying last minute Christmas lottery tickets for Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, which will be held on Dec. 22. (AP Photo/Paul White)
            
              A woman carries a board of Christmas lottery tickets to sell in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. People are buying last minute Christmas lottery tickets for Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw known as El Gordo, or The Fat One, which will be held on Dec. 22. (AP Photo/Paul White)
            
              Two people in masks join a Christmas lottery tickets queue in downtown Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. Spain's bumper Christmas lottery draw known as El Gordo, or The Fat One will be held on Dec. 22. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Spain kicks off festivities with ‘El Gordo’ bumper lottery