Fat one falls hard up north

Catalonia scoops lion's share of annual Christmas draw

The children of the San Ildefonso college in Madrid sang the numbers as they do every year in the Spanish Christmas lottery draw, El Gordo, on Thursday morning. But the angelic voices of youth gave over to champagne-fueled celebration in Barcelona, where the winning number, 79,250, was mostly sold. Each tenth of a ticket earns its holder 300,000 euros.

A Barcelona bar, Maldonado, shared out 180 million eurosin prize money among its regulars. In all, Catalan lottery players pocketed more than 450 million euros.

There was also cause for cheer in Madrid. A lottery seller in the Chamartín district also had a winning ticket. "I'm a bit shaken," said Patricia, the owner. "Nobody who won has come to the shop yet."

José Antonio Maldonado shared out 180 million euros in prizes amongst his bar clients in Pallejà.
José Antonio Maldonado shared out 180 million euros in prizes amongst his bar clients in Pallejà.EFE
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