Translated in english basically as, "Christmas Lottery 2008", this Spanish annual holiday event originates way back to 1812, where a national lottery game was organized by a branch of the Spanish Public Administration, now called Loterías y Apuestas del Estado. The name Sorteo de Navidad was used for the first time in 1892. As measured by the total prize payout, the Christmas Lottery is considered the biggest lottery worldwide.
Hey! Why can't we U.S. citizens partake in this "Loteria de navidad?" Sure we have our lottery's, but, do we have a El Gordo ("the big one") ?
From the wiki excerpt regarding El Gordo:
"The climax of the drawing is the moment in which the Gordo is drawn (in 2006, 3 million euros for each of the 180 billetes, or €300,000 for each of the 1800 décimos, sold with the winning number). Lottery outlets usually only sell tickets for one or two numbers, so the winners of the largest prizes often live in the same town or area or work for the same company..."
Link to the spanish site-for more details.
I submit...<point's finger into the air>...if we had the El Gordo ticket...i'd be a buying fool. "Honey, how much do we have in savings...? .... ... ... really? ... .. .. is that all? ... .. ok nevermind."