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Religious group takes the top prize in Spain’s El Niño draw

For lotto enthusiast in Spain, December 22nd always tends to be the most exciting day of the year, but there’s another important date in their calendar that the rest of the world often forgets about. It’s January 6th, when Sorteo de El Niño takes place, offering players with a chance to grab a piece of a ground-breaking €630.000.000 prize pool. Just like its big brother El Gordo de Navidad, this lottery doesn’t produce one jackpot winner, but hundreds of them – this year, the highest cash reward was claimed by residents of the town Torrent in Valencia.

The top prize, worth €2.000.000 for the series was won by the tickets with the number 08354. The winning ballots were purchased by the Brotherhood of El Santo Sepulcro in Torrent, after using the same number for over three decades. Back in 1982, when the lottery office opened in their area for the first time they started buying tickets, mostly just winning their money back. Everything changed on January 6th, when their 35 series led them to a €70.000.000 lotto prize pool, which will be distributed between thousands of lucky punters.

“The Brotherhood is made of about 700 people and we sell lotto ticket to survive. We charge €12 and for this extraordinary draw we have sold around 2.900 entries. 90% of the brotherhood is involved in this draw– there are people who don’t like to play the lottery, especially El Niño, which makes its tickets more difficult to sell,” explained José Enrique Tronchoni Sanz, the president of the Brotherhood, and added the winners come from a very humble neighbourhood, which means this magnificent victory will change the course of their lives.

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