Christmas Lottery

From the 200-year-old El Gordo de Navidad to new draws such as the Weihnachtslotterie, Christmas is a time of year when lottery players around the world can look forward to special opportunities to enjoy exciting games and try to win huge prizes.

How Are They Played

Most of the games take the form of a raffle where, unlike traditional lotteries, the prizes are guaranteed. Click on the different sections for El Gordo de Navidad, Weihnachtslotterie, Irish Christmas Millionaire Raffle and ZA Christmas Raffle, to find out the format for each game.

Big Prizes also has the results from the latest draws and outlines the magnificent prizes which can be won. In Ireland, for example, one player becomes a millionaire every Christmas, while the prize pot for El Gordo adds up to billions of euros.

Christmas Lottery History

The oldest Christmas Lottery is El Gordo de Navidad, which has been running in Spain every year since the early 19th century. In more recent years, the idea of offering fantastic prizes at a special time of the year has caught on with lottery operators around the globe, and annual traditions have begun in Germany, Ireland and South Africa.