Germany’s Christmas Lottery, Weihnachtslotterie, is a raffle game which was inspired by Spain's El Gordo de Navidad. It offers tens of thousands of prizes in every draw, with a top prize worth €400,000. The draw takes place on 26th December at 16:00 CET.
A licence to run the Weihnachtslotterie was first granted in 2016, with the first draw taking place a year later. Players receive a five-digit number and can then find out if they have won one of the many guaranteed prizes when the draw takes place on 26th December.
Between 2016 and 2018 the Deutsche Weihnachtslotterie was run by The Navidad Foundation, a non-profit organisation that distributed the money raised from ticket sales to charities. The main beneficiaries were the reading charity Stiftung Lesen, the German Children and Youth Foundation and the Lukas Podolski Foundation, a charity set up by the football player to support sport and education.
From 2019 the Christmas Lottery became an exclusive online game and was reformatted at the same time to offer even bigger prizes.