Germany’s Christmas Lottery, Weihnachtslotterie, is a new game which was inspired by El Gordo de Navidad. It also offers incredible prizes to players and has far better odds than most lotteries, with a 1 in 100,000 chance of landing the top €300,000 reward.
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.
The Navidad Foundation, which runs the lottery, is a non-profit organisation which distributes the money raised from ticket sales to charities. The main beneficiaries are 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.