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The luck of the... Spanish?

Fri 18 Nov 2016, By Patty Reynolds
Luck of the spanish

Lottery games are incredibly popular in Spain. Almost 98% of Spainards buy lottery tickets at least once a year. While the big European lottery games like the EuroMillions and EuroJackpot attract plenty of interest, the home-grown lottery games have plenty to offer.

Spain is home to the oldest lottery in history, the Spanish La Primitiva.

First started in 1763, the lottery has been running for more than 250 years. Because it has become so popular, you’ll find many online lottery websites offering it to players from around the world. You don’t have be a Spanish resident to play and win the La Primitiva. You can buy lottery tickets online for the Spanish lottery and stand a chance to win some of the biggest jackpots in Europe. The La Primitiva is easy enough to play. All you need to do is pick six main numbers from a pool of 1-49. To win the jackpot you’ll need to match all six numbers. But, there’s an interesting twist to the game. During the draw, a seventh number is picked from the drum. This bonus ball is known as the Reintegro. If you match five main numbers and the Reintegro, you win the second-tier prize. Considering the small poof of numbers you have to pick from, your odds of winning a prize in any one of the five prize divisions are excellent.

Of all the Spanish lottery games you can play, though, it’s the BonoLoto that takes first place for being the most popular Spanish lottery. You only need to consider the fact that this draws for the BonoLoto takes place four times a week. Every night except Sunday, draws are held for the BonoLoto in Madrid. Although the jackpot has only ever reached a record of €7 000 000, the game has been designed to pay out more often.

The BonoLoto also has some interesting features that make it a hit with fans. To complete a playslip for the BonoLoto you need to choose six numbers from a small pool of 1-49. After paying for your tickets you are automatically assigned a number between 0 and 9. This is the Reintegro feature and if you match this number, you win a small prize, ususally enough to cover the cost of your ticket.

To win the BonoLoto jackpot you need to match all six numbers. But to win the second-tier prize you need to match five main numbers and the Complementario. The Complementario is a seventh number that is pulled from the drum during the draw. It only features in the second-prize tier. But there are still three more prize tiers and besides the small win you get from matching the reintegro, you can win a BonoLoto prize by matching only three numbers.

If you’re tired of playing the American lottery online, why not try out one these Spanish lottery games. The jackpots may not be that big, but they do pay out more often. You won’t have to wait long to win a prize, especially if you play the BonoLoto. And those small prizes can add up after a while. Plus, they have some unique features that you won’t find with any other lottery.