Please note new scratch cards being added during 2014
SPANISH LOTTERIES AND SCRATCH CARDS
This FAQ explains the different lotteries available in Spain, how and where to buy tickets, and what the prizes are. Owing to the large number of lotteries and scratch cards involved, may I offer this piece of advice:-
Not wishing to state the obvious, but before parting with your hard earned cash, please ensure that you are buying the correct ticket, on the correct day, at the correct price.
Notes:- Check for results on Spanish TV news programmes, in national and local newspapers and magazines, and internet BUT, the only official results are in the offices. ALWAYS take your tickets to be officially checked. Every lottery player has a story of winning more or less than expected. Lottery tickets and scratch cards can be checked anywhere, and the winnings can be claimed anywhere in Spain, including the Canary Islands. For example, we have bought tickets in Tenerife and had them checked in mainland Spain and vice versa.
ONCE and the Spanish lotteries are two separate entities, neither selling the others products.
You can now check the results of Loteria Nacional, La Primitiva, Bono Loto, El Gordo La Primitiva, and Euro Millones, ONCE coupons, online via the internet, by entering the numbers you have chosen and purchased, and selecting the correct date of lottery. A little knowledge of Spanish is required, at the moment. But, as above, still take your tickets to the office for checking.
When you take your lottery ticket to the Lottery Office for checking, your ticket will be checked electronically by machine. The machine will either say “No premiado” which means you haven’t won, or “Premio” with an amount alongside stating your winning amount. If your ticket hasn’t won it will be returned to you for disposal by yourself. Winning tickets are retained.
It is strongly advised that if and when you start buying any of the lottery tickets, you always put them in the same safe place, so there is no need to go searching for the ‘lost’ tickets. Lottery prizes are sometimes not claimed in Spain just as in UK. Major prizes, and presumably the smaller prizes are not claimed, either because the tickets have been lost, damaged, incorrectly checked, or forgotten about, exactly the same as occurs in UK.
The maximum winnings paid by lottery offices is 600 euro. ONCE winnings paid by the sellers varies, but generally winnings of 200 euro or less are payable by the seller. Larger amounts: – take your winning ticket to your bank, they will copy it and sign it’s receipt, and keep the original. They will contact the relevant lottery office, and when the winnings are confirmed, monies will be paid into your bank account (this works, I’ve done it!!!) You normally have 60-90 days to claim your winnings.
Winnings over 2,500euro are subject to a 20% tax. This applies to all lotteries and scratchcards. The first 2,500euro is exempt from the tax. No other. However, you may have to pay tax on any interest earned, but this is between you, your accountant and the tax office. In the case of a private syndicate of friends, it’s advisable to make a list of people participating, and signing the agreement, preferably with identification details, and preferably in front of a Notary. This is to make sure that any tax payable at the end of the year is shared amongst the participants, and not by the person running the syndicate alone.
None of the above lotteries request any personal details such as name and address. So, if you get letters stating that you have won a Spanish lottery, it is false. Just bin it.
Occasionally beggars etc will try to sell you Bono Loto and La Primitiva tickets already completed, at a small mark up. It’s up to you whether you buy, but check dates first.
Lucky dip: – for ONCE lotteries, Bono Loto, La Primitiva, El Gordo La Primitiva, and Euro Millones, La Quiniela, Lototurf, ask for (whatever number) apuestas automáticas, or números de machina.
National lotteries, Thursday or Saturday: – you can ask for a specific number to be ordered and retained for long term customers of the lottery office.
Bono Loto, La Primitiva, El Gordo La Primitiva, El Quinigol, Lototurf, Quintuple Plus, and Euro Millones:- you can also buy a multiple ticket, i.e. you can cross off as many numbers as you are allowed on one form, but it can cost a fortune, and is a bit complicated. Also, you can purchase tickets for periods of up to12 months, this will obviously be expensive, but it ensures you don’t forget to do the lottery each week.
The forms used for the Bono Loto, La Primitiva, El Gordo La Primitiva, La Quiniela, El Quinigol, Lototurf, Quintuple Plus, and Euro Millones can be used repeatedly if you use the same numbers week after week, but when they get ‘dog-eared’ they will not work in the machine, and will need to be re-written.
All the lottery websites now make mention of gambling addiction, and owing to the large number of lotteries and scratchcards available, and the potential high cost of playing all of the games, I feel it is only right to mention that here also.
The minimum age to purchase any of the tickets is 18yrs. However, it is common for ticket sellers to know their customers, and will sell tickets to the under-aged.
ONCE tickets and scratchcards are mainly sold from kiosks in streets, or by people with a small collapsible table in streets, and occasionally in large store car parks. The tickets and scratchcards will be displayed either on tables, hanging from string, or held in bulldog clips, and you just have to choose from the large number on display, which ticket or scratchcard you require, either by pointing or asking in Spanish. Every ONCE seller will have different ticket numbers, 100,000 spread over the entire country. Some tobacconists also sell them, but these are few and far between, and in any case will be advertised for sale there if available. ONCE was originally set up as a charity to help the blind, but is now a charity for all manner of disabilities. Having said that, it is still, in the main, run by the blind. So before approaching an ONCE seller, bear this in mind if and when the seller makes use of large magnifying glasses, to check tickets, their machines, and monies passed. Also, remember we live in Spain, and the English language isn’t always understood, so be ready with a few Spanish words.
EURO JACKPOT:- This lottery is a joint venture between Germany, Italy, Holland, and some Scandinavian countries, and should not be confused with the Euromillions lottery, even though they are very similar in look and completion. The Euro Jackpot (sometimes spelt Jakpot) is only available from ONCE sellers. The selection form is mainly white in colour, with a gold edging, with 5 white sections with red squares and numbers. Each section is numbered 1 to 5, and contain numbers 1 to 50. Below these white sections are smaller gold sections containing red circles with red numbers 1 to 8. Select and mark 5 numbers in the white section, and select and mark 2 numbers in the gold section. Each section costs 2euro, but you can complete as many forms as you wish. Hand the form to the ONCE seller for an electronic printout. The winning numbers are drawn on Friday evening. There are 12 winning combinations. The first prize is a minimum of 10,000,000euro, with a rollover to the following week if not won. Some ONCE sellers may not have the forms available. But you can ask the ONCE seller for specific numbers, in Spanish, or a “lucky dip”, and he will produce a lottery ticket from his machine. This printed ticket can be used for successive weeks by handing it to the ONCE seller for re-processing. Many multiples of numbers can be selected for several weeks, but this is complicated and will be very expensive. For example if you use the maximum number of attempts and the maximum number of weeks, one section can cost 20,000euro!!!
EL CUPON DE LA ONCE:- This lottery is available everyday at various prices:-
CUPON DIARIO:- Monday to Thursday 1.5 euro; a small mainly white ticket, with any sort picture in the centre, the ONCE name and logo, and a 5 figure number at the top. Prize will be between 1.5 and 35,000 euro.
SORTEO DE NAVIDAD :- A mainly white ticket with red “festive” band across bottom half. A special ticket to be drawn on 1st January 2015. Costs 10 euro. The prize will be between 10 and 400,000 euro.
CUPONAZO:- Friday 3 euro; a small mainly white ticket, with 9,000,000 euro written across the centre. Prize will be between 3 and 9,000,000 euro.
FIN DE SEMANA:- Saturday and Sunday 2 euro; a small mainly white ticket with picture in the centre, and the green and yellow logo of ONCE. Prize will be between 2 and 25,000 euro, with special prizes up to 5,000,000 euro on dates specified by ONCE.
When you buy a ticket for all the above ONCE lotteries, it will have a 5 figure number. Very occasionally ONCE will sell tickets at a far greater price, say 5 or 6 euro, on special fiesta days, with a significant increase in the value of the prize. These lotteries will be advertised in the Spanish media and in the kiosks. Say your selected coupon number is 12345, you check this against the winning number, if you have the last number 5, you win your money back (generally you buy another ticket, but you can have the money); if you have the last numbers 4 and 5, you win a bit more; if you have the last numbers 3, 4, and 5, even more etc etc. When you buy a ticket you’re actually buying a ‘decimo’, so the prize you get is a tenth of that shown. It is rare for anyone to buy a complete sheet of ten tickets, but you can do this. Normally the tickets are only available on the day of the lottery, however, sometimes the weekend tickets are available earlier, so check the date of the ticket you’re buying.
BONOCUPON:- is a larger ONCE ticket bearing one number (say 12345) and is valid for one week, i.e. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday. This ticket costs 10.50 euro, and is only available before the first date stated on the ticket.
7/39:- There is at the moment no coupon to complete. The object of this lottery is to correctly select 7 numbers drawn from numbers 1 to 39. You have to approach the ONCE agent and ask for 7/39, in Spanish. It may be better to write the selected numbers down first. The ONCE agent will be unable to read these numbers, so state slowly and clearly in Spanish, the selected numbers, giving the agent time to record the numbers. Each entry costs 1 euro, and you can have up to 8 selections per ticket, which will be electronically printed and handed to you. Or, you can ask for a “lucky dip”, apuestas automatica, or numeros de machina. There are 2 lotteries, one for Thursday and one for Sunday. There are fixed monetary prizes for correctly selecting 3 or 4 numbers. The prize money for 5, 6, or 7 numbers being correctly selected is determined by the amount of money taken for that day. Each ticket is automatically given a “reintegro”, a money back number if that number is selected. If the main prize isn’t won, there will be a rollover, or “bote”, at a time of ONCE’s choosing. You can have your selection for both days, this will cost 2 euro each selection. Return your ticket to any ONCE agent for checking. Claim within 30 days. Minor prizes can be claimed from the ONCE agent, major prizes from ONCE or via a bank. The printed ticket can be copied electronically by the ONCE agent for either Thursday or Sunday, or both, if you wish to retain your numbers. Coupons are available for multiple entries but they are expensive, e.g. 10 selections costs 120 euro.
SUPER ONCE YA!:- A large ticket, the top and right hand side of which is mainly orange in colour, bearing the logo Super Once Ya!. The bottom right hand corner of the ticket is mainly white with several boxes in different sections. Section Number 1 contains 7 boxes bearing the numbers 5 to 11. Section number 2 contains boxes numbered 1 to 80. Section 3 contains 6 boxes bearing numbers 1 to 5, and number 10. Section 4 contains 8 boxes bearing numbers 1 to 7 and number 14. The object of this game is to select which 11 numbers, of the 80 numbers in section 2, will be drawn by ONCE. You can choose how many numbers you want to select from section 1. The higher the numbers you select, the higher the potential prize. The cost of the game is the same however many numbers you select, that is 1 euro. However, if you wish to pay more, you can, by selecting one of the numbers in section 3, and your prize will be multiplied accordingly. Prize values vary according to how many numbers you select. That is, if you select 5 numbers from section 1, and your 5 numbers are amongst the 11 numbers chosen by ONCE from their 11 numbers you win 225 euro, but if you had selected 11 numbers, and 5 numbers were correct, you only win 2 euro. But if all 11 numbers are chosen you win 1,000,000 euro. This lottery is a daily lottery, and section 4 allows you to choose how many consecutive days you want to play. Mark all selections with a cross in the boxes provided. Hand the ticket to the ONCE seller, where it will be electronically scanned, and who will then issue you with a printout copy from his machine. You can also ask for a “lucky dip”. Both the ticket and the copy can be copied again for future days.
The seller may have something like a metal washer, tied with a piece of string to a small wooden board. Use this if you wish to scratch the card, or you can take it away and check it at your convenience. Take winning scratchcards to any ONCE seller for the winnings. It is normal, but not compulsory, that you buy more scratchcards with small winnings. Small prizes will be paid by the seller, larger prizes from ONCE offices or via your bank. The described scratchcards will be on sale until they have all been sold. So in time, some scratchcards may disappear, and may be replaced by a new scratchcard. I will try to remove scratchcards no longer available, and mark them below with asterisks, but a few scratchcards may still be available at various outlets.
El 7 de la Suerte:- This scratchcard costs 50 centimos. At the moment the colour is mainly orange, with some yellow and green writing. But this design will change when the series is sold out. On the bottom half of the ticket are 5 orange “swirls”. These are to be scratched off to reveal numbers. If amongst these numbers, there isn’t a 7, the ticket has won nothing at all. If a 7 is discovered, you then scratch the word “premio”, situated at centre right. This will show how much you have won. It will be from 50 centimos to 3000 euro.
Super 7 de la Suerte:- This scratchcard costs 1 euro. At the moment the colour is mainly light green/yellow. On the right half are 9 mainly yellow circles with green centres, all linked by straight lines. Scratch the surface of these circles. If you discover a linked line of three 7’s, vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, scratch the word “premio” on the left half of the ticket to reveal your prize. The amount won will be between 1 euro and 10,000 euro.
Pepitos de Oro:- This scratchcard costs 1 euro. The colour is mainly all gold. On the right hand side of the ticket there are 6 “gold nuggets”. Scratch these “nuggets”. If you discover 3 equal amounts of money, that is how much you’ve won. The amount will be between 1 euro and 10,000 euro.
Siete y Media:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 1 euro. The colour is mainly green and blue, with a large gold 7 1/2. There are two sections to scratch. One section is light blue called Banca, scratching both these will show 2 sets of numbers which you have to add together. The second section is gold called Tus Cartas, scratching these will show 3 sets of similar numbers which you also have to add together. If the total of the numbers in Tus Cartas is 7 1/2 or below, but greater than the total in Banca, scratch the red section to reveal how much you’ve won. The amount will be between 1 euro and 7,500 euro.
Dados Locos:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 2 euro. The ticket is larger than normal, and the colour is mainly blue and red. The red section contains 5 separate sections of two dice, scratch these dice, this will reveal more dice, and amounts of money. Then scratch the small green section, which will also reveal two dice. The object of this game is to reveal a higher two dice total in one (or more) of the red sections than in the green section. If you do, you win the amount shown in the red section. In this scratchcard you can actually win more than once on the same card. The amount will be between 2 euro and 50,000 euro.
La Rueda de la Fortuna:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 3 euro. This ticket is mainly blue and yellow, with a large multi-coloured circle, similar to a roulette wheel. This “wheel” has 10 outer sections bearing the word “premio”, and an in circle section bearing the numbers 1, 2, and 3. Scratch the centre section, this will reveal 3 numbers. Then scratch the outer sections this will also reveal numbers. If any of the outer section numbers are the same as the inner section, you win the amount stated in that outer section. It is possible to win 10 times on one ticket. The prize will be between 3 and 100,000 euro.
!GOOL! :- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 1 euro. This ticket is mainly red and green in colour. On the left hand side is a football and the word “Gool”. On the right hand side are 3 “partidos” (games) of football in a green square. This square contains 3 lines stating “Tus Goles”, “ Goles Rival”, and “Premio”. Under “Tus Goles” are white footballs. Under “Goles Rival” are orange footballs. Under “Premio” are green shaded sections. The object is to scratch the white and orange footballs. If the “score” in the white football is greater than the “score” in the orange football, you win the amount shown in the corresponding shaded green section. You can win 3 times. The prize will be between 1 and 10,000 euro.
RULETA:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 2 euro. This ticket is multi-coloured with a roulette wheel and the word “Ruleta” at the top. In the main section, “Tus Numeros” is 8 squares, each bearing the picture of blue, black, and orange casino chips. To the left of this section, “Numeros Ganadores” is 3 sections, 2 red one black, each bearing grey circles. The object is to scratch all the casino chips to reveal numbers accompanied by sums of money. Then scratch the grey section also to reveal numbers. If one these numbers agrees with your numbers in the main section, you win the amount stated. If the grey section reveals a roulette wheel, you instantly win 50euro. The prize will be between 2 and 50,000 euro.
!BINGOO!:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 1 euro. This ticket is multi-coloured and stating the word “Bingoo”, and numerous bingo style balls, tickets and numbers. On the right of the ticket are 2 sections. The top section “Tus numerous” contains 6 numbers in 8 squares. The bottom section “Numeros Ganadores” contains 6 circles red, green and blue in colour, each bearing a question mark, ?. The object of the game is to scratch the top 6 numbers, then scratch the bottom 6 numbers. If you reveal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 numbers the same you win according to how many are the same. The prize will be between 1 and 7,000 euro.
LLUVIA DE €UROS:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 3euro. The card is mainly blue and gold coloured, stating “Lluvia de €uros” at the top. The bottom of the card consists of 3 circular euro “coins”, these are the “Numeros Ganadores”. Below these are ten sections of three 100euro “notes”, these are “Tus Numeros”. The object of this game is to scratch the circular “coins” to reveal a number. You then scratch the area around and above the 100euro “notes”, this will reveal a number and an amount in euro that can be won. If you have revealed the same number as in “Numeros Ganadores” amongst “Tus Numeros” you win the amount stated. If you reveal a “€ money bag” you win 100euro. You can win 10 times. The prize will be between 3euro and 100,000euro.
PAGA €XTRA:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 1euro. The card is mainly green in colour, stating “Paga €xtra” at the top. The bottom half of the card consists of six “calendars”, above these is a “wad” of “banknotes”. The object of this game is to scratch the “calendars” to reveal a number. If you reveal a “6” or a “12”, you win the amount revealed when you scratch the “banknotes”. The prize will be between 1euro and 10,000euro.
EL 5 DE LA FORTUNA :- This scratchcard costs 1euro. The card is mainly blue in colour, stating “El 5 de la Fortuna” on the left hand side. On the right hand side in a section marked as Tus Numeros are 6 gold circles with a blue question mark. Under these circles in a section marked Premio is a gold Euro sign. The object of this game is to scratch the gold circles which will reveal numbers. If you reveal the number 5, you win whatever is revealed when you scratch the euro sign. The prize will be between 1euro and 10,000euro.
DIAMANTES :- This scratchcard costs 3euro. It’s a large card mainly blue in colour, stating the word “Diamantes” on the left hand side. The top section of the right hand side, Numeros Ganadores, consists of 3 diamonds. Beneath these is another section which is marked Tus Numeros, and consists of 10 diamonds. The object of this game is to scratch all the diamonds. If you reveal a number in the top section which is repeated in the bottom section, you win the amount shown. If you reveal a diamond symbol, you win all the amounts shown added together. The prize will be between 3euro and 100,000euro.
SUPER VACACIONES :- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 2euro. It’s a large card mainly blue in colour, stating the words “Super Vacaciones” on the left hand side, amongst a “beach” scene of lifebuoy, palm trees and hammock. At the top on the right hand side are 3 “lifebelts” and the words “Simbolas Ganadores”. Below this is another section stating “Tus Simbolas”, containing 8 “suns”. The object of this game is to scratch the lifebelts to reveal beach type symbols. You then scratch the suns and if you reveal a similar symbol as in the top section, you win the amount stated. If you reveal a “Y” shape you instantly win 50euro. The prize will be between 2euro and 50,000euro.
TRIPLE OCHO :- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 2euro. The card is mainly purple in colour. The left hand side bears the name “Triple Ocho” in large gold letters. The right hand side has 6 rows of 3 gold boxes, the rows are marked Jugada 1 – 6. The object of this game is to scratch the boxes to reveal numbers. If you reveal an “8” in each of the 3 boxes in one row, you win the amount stated when you scratch “Premio”. If you reveal a “Y” shape you win 100euro. You can win 6 times per card. The prize will be between 2euro and 50,000euro.
CAJA SORPRESA!:- This scratchcard costs 1euro. The card is mainly red in colour. On the right hand side are 7 red “parcels” in a yellow background. The object of the game is to scratch these “parcels” to reveal amounts in euro. If you reveal 3 amounts the same, you win the amount stated. The prize will be between 1euro and 10,000euro.
X 3 TRIPLICA:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 2euro. The left hand side of this card is blue with “X3 Triplica” in a gold colour. The right half is gold with 8 blue stars. The object of the game is to scratch the stars to reveal amounts in euro. If you reveal 3 amounts the same you win that amount. If you also reveal the “X3” symbol you win triple the amount indicated. The prize will be between 2euro and 50,000euro.
MONTECARLO:- This scratchcard costs 3euro. This large card is very dark in colour mainly brown. The right hand side has on it, pictures of roulette chips, dice, and playing cards. The right hand side bordered in yellow, are two sections. One is “juego 1” (game 1) and consists of 2 rows of red dice, and two euro signs denoting “premio” (prize). The other is “juego 2” (game 2) and consists of 3 rows of 3 playing cards alongside which are euro signs denoting “premio” (prize). The object of the games are:- in game 1, to scratch the two rows of red dice, this will reveal more dice. If the value of the two dice add up to 7 or 11, you win the prize denoted under the scratched section “premio”. In game 2, to scratch the playing cards to reveal numbered and face cards. If in one row you reveal 3 cards the same you win the amount denoted under the scratched section “premio”. The prize will be between 3euro and 120,000euro.
ADIOS HIPOTECA:- This scratchcard costs 2euro. This is a large card mainly gold in colour with blue lettering. The top half says “Adios Hipoteca, and Gana 100,000€”. The bottom half is the game section. The left hand side says “Numeros Ganadores” with two gold € signs in a blue background. The right hand side says “Tus Numeros” with 6 “bundles” of green 100euro notes. The object of the game is to scratch “Numeros Ganadores” revealing numbers, and then scratch “Tus Numeros”. If you reveal a number the same as in “Numeros Ganadores”, you win the amount shown. If you reveal a “Star” symbol, you immediately win 20euro.The prize is between 2euro and 100,000euro.
CARTAS DE LA SUERTE;- This scratchcard costs 1euro. The left hand side of this card is red. The right hand side is mainly green with 3 columns of “playing cards”, and 3 lines. The columns are “Tus Cartas”, and “Cartas Rivales”, the third column is unmarked. The lines are “Mano 1”, “Mano 2” and “Mano 3”. The object of the game is to scratch the “playing cards” under “Tus Cartas”, then scratch the “playing cards” under “Cartas Rivales”. If the “playing card” under “Tus Cartas” is greater than the “playing card” under “Cartas Rivales” on the same line, you win the amount shown in the third unmarked column. The prize will be between 1euro and 10,000euro.
CAMPEONES;- This scratchcard costs 2euro. This is a large card mainly red and green. The left hand side of the card is mainly red showing footballers. The right hand side is mainly green with 3 columns, 2 of shirts, the other as a trophy, spread over 5 separate lines. The columns are “Equipo Local”, “Equipo Rival”, and “Premio”. The lines are marked as Partido 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The object of the game is to scratch the shirts in the column “Equipo Local”, then scratch the shirts in the second column “Equipo Rival”. This scratching will reveal numbers. If the number in the column “Equipo Local” is greater than the number in column “Equipo Rival” on the same line, you win the amount shown under “Premio”. If you reveal a “Y” symbol, you win 10euro. The prize will be between 2euro and 60,000euro.
NAVIDAD MILLONARIA:- **** This may have been sold out and is out of print **** This scratchcard costs 5euro. This a large card, the top half of which is “festive”, with a Christmas tree, and gold lights on trees, with a large 400,000euro sign on gold background. The bottom half is red and gold with one section called “Numeros Ganadores” containing 5 gold “stars”. Below that is a second section called “Tus Numeros”, containing 10 gold and red baubles. The object of this game is to scratch all the “stars” to reveal numbers. You then scratch all the baubles which will also reveal numbers. If one or more of these “bauble” numbers match a number revealed in the “stars”, you win the amount displayed. If you reveal a Christmas tree, you win 20euro instantly. The prize will be between 5euro and 400,000euro.
ESMERALDA:- This scratchcard costs 3euro. The scratchcard is a large card almost totally green in colour, with a large 7 on the left-hand side. On the right-hand side are 7 rows of 3 green “gems”, and alongside these is the word “premio”. The object of this game is to scratch the “gems” to reveal numbers. If you reveal 3 sevens on one line, you win the amount shown when you scratch the “premio” word. If you reveal an oblong shaped “gem” you win double the “premio” shown on that line.The prize will be between 3euro and 77,000euro.
SUPER RULETA:- This scratchcard costs 3euro. The scratchcard is large mainly green in colour, with a large roulette wheel on the left-hand side, and marked as “tus numerous”. On the right-hand side are 3 piles of “roulette betting chips”, and marked as “numerous ganadores” The object of this game is to scratch the roulette wheel to reveal 8 numbers with a potential prize in euro. If one or more of these numbers correspond with the numbers revealed by scratching the “roulette chips”, you win the amount revealed. If you reveal a “wheel” symbol you win 20euro. The prize will be between 3euro and 80,000euro.
ATRAPA UN MILLON:- This scratchcard costs 2euro. This card is mainly blue in colour. The bottom half of the card shows 6 bundles of “money” marked as “tus numerous”. Above these are 2 squares marked “numero ganador”. The object of this game is to scratch the “money” to reveal a number and potential prize. If the number corresponds to a number revealed by scratching the squares, you win the amount shown. If you reveal a yellow star you win 20euro. The prize will be between 2euro and 100,000euro.
GANA CON LA ROJA:- This scratchcard costs 2euro. The left-hand side of the card shows members of Spain’s football team. The right-hand side shows 5 rows of “international football teams”. Each row shows the Spanish flag under the heading “La Roja”, and an international flag under the heading “rival”. Alongside this is a yellow star indicating “premio”. The object of this game is to scratch the flags on each row. If the Spanish “team” score is higher than the international “team”, you win the amount shown under “premio”. If you reveal a yellow star you win double the amount shown under “premio”. The prize will be between 2euro and 60,000euro.
CARA O CRUZ:- This scratchcard costs 50cent’s. The card is blue on the left-hand side fading to orange colour on the right-hand side. In the centre of the card are two rows of two gold coloured “50cent coins” plus a gold coloured bar marked “premio”. The object of this game is to scratch each row of “coins”. If you reveal 2 “heads” (cara) or 2 “tails” (cruz) on the same row, you win the amount shown when you scratch “premio”. The prize will be between 50cent’s and 2,500euro
VUELTA AL MUNDO:- This scratchcard costs 3euro. It is a large multi-coloured card. In the centre of the card it says in a yellow colour “gana 100,000€”. The bottom half of the card has two sections, one section called “tus destinos” showing pictures of 8 locations around the world, the other called “destinos ganadores” showing 3 “star” or “compass” type shapes. The object of this game is to scratch the 8 sections in “tus destinos”, then scratch the 3 “destinos ganadores”. If you reveal the same “destination” in each section, you win the amount shown. If you reveal the word “doble”in “tus destinos”, you win double the amount shown. The prize will be between 3 and 100,000euro.
Lottery offices are everywhere, bearing the blue and white identification signs stating Loterias y Apuestas Del Estado. However, not all of them will sell every lottery available, and none of them will sell ONCE lotteries nor scratchcards.
National Lottery tickets are often sold by people walking the streets, visiting bars and markets, and they are also sold by various businesses, usually bars, and these will charge a small mark up. In some outlying villages, lottery tickets can be bought in someone’s front room!! This is normal. You could be buying tickets from another part of Spain, saving you the trouble of going to different parts of Spain to buy tickets. The lottery sellers will have large numbers of tickets on display, usually hanging on string in the windows, or clipped on a bulldog clip. You just have to choose the number you want, by pointing or asking in Spanish, normally just asking for the last 2 numbers on the ticket. Every seller will have different tickets for sale, there are 100,000 spread over the whole country.
BONO LOTO:- Sold in lottery offices. This lottery is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Look in the office for form number 324 or 333. Number 324 is for consecutive 4, 3, or 2 days of that week. Number 333 is for any day, but only on the day you buy your ticket. Each form has 8 sections of 49 numbers, choose your lucky 6 numbers in each of as many sections as you wish, putting a cross on your chosen numbers. The cost is 50 cents per section per day, minimum 2 sections per day. Your ticket when processed will show an extra number called the ‘reintegro’. This number will be between 0 and 9, and when drawn out at the end of the lottery draw, if yours matches, you get your money back for that ticket. You win when you have 3, 4, 5, 5 + ‘complementario’ (the 7th number drawn during the lottery), and 6 numbers matching the winning numbers drawn. If no one wins with 6 numbers, there is a rollover to the next and subsequent days, until it’s won.
LA PRIMITIVA:- Sold in Lottery offices. This lottery is on Thursday and Saturday. Look in the office for form numbers 117 or 126. Form 117 is for both days, between Monday and Thursday. Form 126 is for either day, but you can only buy Thursday ticket Monday to Thursday, and the Saturday ticket can only be bought on Friday and Saturday. Complete the form the same way as above (Bono Loto). The cost is 1 euro per section per day. To win you have to match the numbers drawn as in Bono Loto above. ‘Reintegro’ and ‘complementario’ numbers apply also. If no one wins the first prize, there isn’t an immediate rollover, but approximately once a month, prize monies not won are added together to give a large winning total. If this rollover isn’t won, it’s added to the next rollover approximately one month later. NOTE: There are some changes to the La Primitiva from next Monday 24th September 2012.
Existing forms for the La Primitiva became invalid from 24th September but the new forms are almost identical. They are-numbered as 162 and 171.
The forms are completed identically to the old forms, the La Primitiva itself has not changed.
An extra competition is now included in the form of an extra box in the bottom right hand corner, called “JOKER”. This will cost 1euro for form 162, and 2euro for form 171. When this box is marked with an “X”, the resulting electronic printout will give an extra 7 numbers.
This number will be included in a draw for a prize of up to 1,000,000euro if all 7 numbers are selected. There will be other prizes for the last 2 numbers, last 3 numbers etc. Entry to this “JOKER” competition is not compulsory.
EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA:- Sold in lottery offices. This is a Sunday lottery and costs 1.50 euro. Look in office for form 414. The form will have 6 sections of 54 numbers, select and mark with a cross 5 numbers in as many sections as you require. Then select and mark with a cross, 1 number from the small section showing numbers 0 – 9, this is the ‘reintegro’. There is a minimum prize of 5million euro. If main prize isn’t won, there is rollover to the next and subsequent Sundays until it is won.
EURO LOTTERY:- This lottery is a joint venture between many EU countries. At the Lottery Office ask for Euromillones form, or take the multi-coloured forms if on display. There are two forms to choose from. One has a yellow band at the top of the form, bearing the words “Un Sorteo 820”, the other has a red band at the top, bearing the words “Martes+Viernes 830”. Both forms have 5 sections of 50 numbers, each section has another smaller box below it with 11 numbers. Select and mark with a cross, 5 numbers in as many sections as you wish, then select, and mark with a cross, 2 numbers in the accompanying box. Form 830 is valid for Tuesday AND Friday, (and Friday AND Tuesday) and will cost 4 euro per section, 20 euro per form. Form 820 is valid for Tuesday OR Friday, and will cost 2 euro per section, 10 euro per form. You can complete as many forms as you wish. Form 820 can only be used from Wednesday for the Friday draw, or from Saturday for the Tuesday draw. Form 830 can be used anytime. Hand over the form for electronic processing, both forms will be returned to you. There are 13 winning combinations. If the jackpot isn’t won, there is a rollover to the following draw. If you buy a winning ticket in Spain, despite it being a Euro Lottery, you can only collect your winnings in Spain. Claim within 3 months.
NATIONAL LOTTERY:- Sold in most lottery offices, but not all. This is run on Thursday and Saturday. The Thursday ticket is mainly white, and usually a “nature” picture in the centre and costs 3 euro. The Saturday ticket is mainly white, and usually a “work of art” picture in the centre, and costs between 6 and 22 euro, with a corresponding increase in prize money. (The Christmas El Gordo, and New Year El Niño are part of this lottery) The Tickets will have a 5 figure number (similar to ONCE), and you win similar to that described re’ ONCE. Plus, there are extra draws of 2, 3, and 4 numbers, and you can also win if your ticket is in the same ‘100’ as the winning ticket. There is a much larger prize if your ticket series number is selected. As with ONCE, you are buying a ‘decimo’, so the prize is a tenth of what is shown. You can buy a complete sheet of ten tickets, but it is uncommon.
LA QUINIELA:- This is the Spanish football pools. Available from most lottery offices, select blue form, Number 261. There will be a list of 14 Primera League football matches. Alongside this list there are several columns in groups of 3 ‘pronosticos’ or result forecasts:- 1 is home win; X is draw; 2 is away win. Select the result of each match by marking a cross in either 1, X, or 2 columns. You can complete 8 groups of columns on each form. At the bottom of the form is a 15th match where you have to mark your forecast. This 15th match applies to the whole form, irrespective of how many columns are completed. Cost 50 cents per group of 3 columns. Hand over the completed form for electronic processing, both parts being returned to you. The football matches are normally played on Sunday, with occasional Saturday or Monday matches. If a match is cancelled, a notice will appear in Lottery Office windows also showing the substitute match. If a match is cancelled after you have made your selection, the result you selected will be for the substituted match. Therefore, some weeks the form need not be checked for winnings until Tuesday. Check the results by internet, Spanish newspapers and some foreign language newspapers, but the only official confirmation of results is the lottery office. To win you have to correctly forecast the result of 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 matches. The first, or special prize, is given for selecting the first 14 results correct, plus the 15th match. The 15th result ONLY applies if the other 14 are selected correctly. If you wish, despite the football matches being listed on the dated form every week, and the matches are different every week, you can use the same form every week, if you don’t want to rewrite the combination of forecasts. There are facilities on the form for multiple forecasts, but this may be complicated and is expensive. If the main prize is not won, it is rolled over to the following week. La Quiniela is only available during the Spanish football season, (not like UK where Australian games are used in summer). You can ask for a lucky dip, but there is a 2 column minimum entry, 1 euro.
EL QUINIGOL:- Another version of the Spanish football pools. Available from most lottery offices, select yellow and green form, Number 720. There will be a list of 6 football matches. Generally these will be Spanish league teams, however other foreign leagues, including International matches, have been and may be used. Alongside these matches are 6 columns, pronosticos (forecast or selection), each containing 2 separate lines of 4 columns. The lines coincide with a team. The lines state 0, 1, 2, and M. You have to decide how many goals that team is going to score, 0, 1, 2, or M, which means, more than 2. In other words you are trying to forecast the score and result of a match between the teams shown. Put a cross in your selected score. Cost is 1 euro per large column. Hand over the completed form for electronic processing, both forms will be returned to you. It is not available as a “lucky dip”. The football matches are normally played on Sunday, with occasional Saturday and Monday matches. If a match is cancelled a notice will appear in Lottery Office windows also showing the substitute match. If a match is cancelled after you have made your selection the result you selected will be for the substitute match. Therefore, some weeks the form need not be checked for winnings until Tuesday. Check the results by internet, Spanish newspapers and some foreign language newspapers, but the only official confirmation of results is the lottery office. To win you have to correctly forecast the results of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 matches. If the main prize, i.e. 6 correct results, is not won, the prize is carried forward to the next week. There are facilities on the form for multiple forecasts, but this is complicated and expensive.
QUINTUPLE PLUS:- This is not a lottery. It is a game, the result of which is determined by the results of a real horse race meeting in one of 5 racecourses in Spain and the Canary Islands. Obtain the forms from most lottery offices, it is mainly white, headed with blue and green, and is numbered 630. PLEASE NOTE, the numbers and colours of this form are remarkably similar to below form for Lototurf. There are several columns on this form. One column is headed ‘Carreras’. There are 5 carreras (races), the fifth one has two sections, ‘primero’ (first) and ‘segundo’ (second). The next column is headed ‘Caballos pronosticados’ (jockey selection). This column has 20 numbered boxes alongside each section of the first column. The object of this game is to select the number, the jockey (caballos), which will win the race (carreras). In the case of the fifth race (carreras) you have to select the winner (primero), and the second (segundo) place in the race. You can do this either by studying the racecard from the Spanish newspapers, and making the selections on previous race form of the horse and jockey, or select the numbers at random. Mark a cross in your selected squares. When you produce your ticket for electronic processing, if a horse/jockey has been withdrawn, the machine will reject the selection. Therefore make another selection. After your ticket has been electronically processed, if a selected horse/jockey is withdrawn, your selection is automatically moved to the horse/jockey number immediately before it:- i.e. you select horse/jockey number 15, it is withdrawn, your new selection is number 14; if you select horse/jockey number 1, your new selection is number 20.If one or more races (carreras) are cancelled, the ‘winner/s’ will be selected by the lottery organization, by way of a random selection of numbered balls, as in other lotteries. You cannot have a “lucky dip” on this game. The form can only be used in the lottery office from Wednesday each week, the races are on Sunday. The cost is 1 euro. Hand the form over for electronic processing, both forms will be returned to you. The result can be checked as other lotteries, but the only official check is the lottery office. To win you have to correctly forecast, 3, 4, 5, or 5 plus second place. If the main prize, i.e. 5 plus second place, is not won, the prize is carried forward to the next week. There are facilities on the form for multiple forecasts, but this is complicated and expensive.
LOTOTURF:- This is a game, a combination of a random lottery selection, and the result of a real horse race, held at one of 5 racecourses in Spain and the Canary Islands. Obtain the form from most lottery offices, it is mainly white, headed with blue and green, and is numbered 603. PLEASE NOTE, the colours and numbers of this form are remarkably similar to above form for Quintuple Plus. Each form has 6 columns (apuestas), each of which bears the numbers 1 to 24. Select and mark with a cross, 6 numbers. At the bottom of each “apuestas” column is another box, shown as caballos (jockeys), each box containing numbers 1 to 12. Select and mark with a cross, 1 number. The first 6 numbers selected can be selected at random. The single number of 12 selected, you are attempting to select the winning jockey of a horse race selected by the lottery organization. You either select this number at random, or by studying the previous race form of the horse and jockey. To win you have to select the correct numbers, to match those randomly selected by the lottery organization, and the winning jockey of 4th horse race of the race meeting. The winning combinations are:- 3 numbers from the first column; 3 numbers from the first column and the winning jockey; 4 numbers; 4 numbers plus winner; 5 numbers; 5 numbers plus winner; 6 numbers; 6 numbers plus winner. A reintegro (money back) number 0 – 9, will be selected, one number per form. The cost is 1 euro per column. Hand over the form for electronic processing, both forms will be returned to you. When you produce your ticket for electronic processing, if a horse/jockey has been withdrawn, the machine will reject the selection. Therefore make another selection. After your ticket has been electronically processed, if a selected horse/jockey is withdrawn, your selection is automatically moved to the horse/jockey number immediately before:- i.e. you select horse/jockey number 15, it is withdrawn, your new selection is number 14; if you select horse/jockey number 1, your new selection is number 20. You can use up to the 6 columns on the form. You can have a “lucky dip”. The lottery office will accept the forms from Monday of that week, with the result available after the horse race on Sunday. The result can be checked as other lotteries, but the only official check is the lottery office. If the main prize, 6 numbers plus winner, is not won, the prize money is carried forward to the next week. There are facilities on this form for multiple entries, but this is complicated and expensive.
OID:- This lottery is not available everywhere. It is a relatively small lottery, and is a charity based one benefiting the disabled, and only mentioned here because of it’s similarity in design and appearance to the ONCE coupon. The tickets are available from street sellers and a few kiosks. The tickets cost 1 euro Monday to Saturday, and 1.5 euro on Sunday. The winning numbers are those drawn by the ONCE organization. The winning combinations are the same as the ONCE lottery, but although the price of the ticket is similar to ONCE, the prizes are much lower.
PEÑAS:- Peñas, means club, association, syndicate or similar. This can be a newspaper, football club, golf club, a lottery office etc, will purchase several combinations of Bono Loto, La Primitiva, El Gordo La Primitiva, Euro Millones, La Quiniela, El Quinigol, Lototurf, or Quintuple Plus, spending sometimes several hundred euro on each or any of the above, as a syndicate or ‘peña’. A member of these associations will pay an agreed amount, and will receive winnings in accordance to what they’ve paid in. If applicable (according to the game played) there will only be one ‘reintegro’ for each syndicate. Some lottery office syndicates will form associations with other lottery offices, and/or produce tickets which will cover several lotteries. The lottery office will then print their own tickets of different colours, bearing the ‘peñas’ selections and sell them for 3 to 6 euro (may be more or less). On the ticket will be a breakdown for the chances of winning, which will seem quite high. However also look at the number of your ticket, and how many members there are of the syndicate. Any prize will have to be shared out amongst everybody, (may be hundreds) i.e. if the syndicate wins first prize, there may be a reasonable payout.
EL GORDO (extras):- As Christmas approaches, the large El Gordo lottery, part of the Spanish lottery system, will be on sale as described previously. A regular feature of this is, that a bar, shop, market stall, garage, charity, sports club, or anywhere will purchase a complete set of tickets, and then will have printed another type of ticket bearing an identical number to the El Gordo ticket. This new ticket will carry information regarding the organisation which purchased the El Gordo ticket, and the cost (if any, it may be free) to take part. Subsequently treat it as a ‘peña’ (syndicate) and any prize will be shared accordingly. It is probable that you will not know how many tickets have been distributed, nor what the prize allocation will be, you will just have to trust the person you obtained it from. Any extra money raised from the sale of these tickets will go towards the organisation selling them.
HOROSCOPO:- This scratchcard costs 1euro. At the moment there are 4 very similar scratchcards in 4 different colours and names. They all bear the name “HOROSCOPO”. There is a brown scratchcard called Horoscopo Tierra, a light blue one called Horoscopo Aire, a dark blue one called Horoscopo Agua, and a red one called Horoscopo Fuego. I believe there are more colours, when I have the details I’ll add them here. Every card is played the same way. The right hand side has a section marked “area de juego”, this will have 6 random signs from the Zodiac. The object of this game is to scratch the Zodiac signs, and if you reveal 3 amounts of euro the same, you win the amount shown. You can win twice on the same card if you reveal 2 sets of 3. The prize will be between 1 and 10,000euro.
This FAQ has been prepared by, and is copyright of, Mr Terence Roy Harris to whom all errors and omissions should be reported.