Tuesday, December 22, 2015

First Time With The Big One

I won the lottery!!!

You'll have to take my word for it, however, because I put the ticket someplace safe, which means (as is usually the case with my safe places) I haven't been able to find it.

Also, I have no idea what my ticket number is.

Other than those two minor issues, I'm sure I'm €400,000 richer at this very moment.

The ticket I purchased for €20 (the one that is now someplace safe) is for Spain's Christmas Lottery (in Spanish, Lotería de la Navidad, click here to learn all about it). Its nickname is "El Gordo," which means "The Fat [or Big] One" (although that really refers to the first prize, so the term is used in other lotteries here, as well).

STUDENTS FROM THE SAN ILDEFONSO SCHOOL (EST. 1543) DRAW THE WINNING NUMBERS.
ONE CHILD SINGS THE WINNING NUMBER; THE OTHER SINGS THE PRIZE.

The Spanish Christmas lottery has been running every year since 1812 and is considered the biggest lottery worldwide. The largest prize is €4 million, but the total payout is well over €2 billion.


The (my) winning number being drawn a little while ago. Now, where did I put that ticket?
(Oh, never mind. I'm sure they'll just take my word for it.)

27 comments:

  1. Talk about a cliffhanger! I can't wait for the next installment.

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    1. Marty:
      Neither can I (I'm running out of hope).

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  2. Of course, they will take your word for it. If you need character witnesses, I am sure we will all vouch for you.

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    1. Travis:
      You're very kind. I DID find the ticket (post about to go up), but I may still need your help.

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  3. We always win the lottery with a missing ticket.
    And I am still waiting for those checks!!!!!!

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  4. Let me offer my help with spending all that money.

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    1. Stephen:
      I've said it before. YOU are very kind.

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  5. I won bugger all with mine! Wasn't to bothered about losing the €20 neither because I took it from the money we had saved for the kids Christmas presents

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    1. Ty:
      Well, it's not like you took the money from their college funds. (Oh, wait, that was last year wasn't it?!?)

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  6. The first time is always special; you have won no matter what. ;-)

    But we know you won the lottery with SG!

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    1. Wilma:
      Oh, yeah, SG is worth millions. At least. Really.

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  7. Mitche I believe you canb win

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    1. Gosia:
      Thank you. Tell that to the Lottery Board.

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  8. I believe I have won the lottery as well...only the drawing is Christmas Day. I am certain :) One has to have faith in something. I hope you find that ticket.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      Well, I will support you in your belief (and hope it's true), but your lottery hasn't even been drawn yet. You might want to get a grip on reality... Like me.

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    2. Good god, your Gordo lottery even made Canadian news lol. I kind of got excited when they said the winning ticket was sold in a small seaside town :) Maybe next time.....or sick the kitties on that blasted lottery ticket switching troll.

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  9. Wow! A lot of people must buy tickets for the prizes to be so huge.... wonder what the odds of winning the big one are? (let me know when you collect your winnings so I can boast I know the odd winner)

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    1. Sharon:
      Well, one individual ticket is €20 and that gives you a one-tenth share in that specific number/prize. Here are "the odds" info (condensed from Wikipedia):

      The odds of evening out costs are 10% (by matching the final digit); chances of winning more money, about 5.3%. Easier to win some money compared to other lotteries; it's said prizes are well distributed around Spain. Chances of winning El Gordo are 1 in 100,000, that is 0.001%, while chances of winning top prize of EuroMillions are 1 in 116,531,800 or 0.0000000086%.

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  10. We were just listening to the CBC who were reporting about 'El Gordo' draw. I think they may have mentioned that one, only one, ticket has been unclaimed. So there you go Mitch!!
    Good luck in finding the ticket!

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    1. Jim:
      I FOUND THE TICKET!!! You'll have to read my next exciting post for the news (soon to be posted).

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  11. You are the richest person I know, then. Btw, I am a bit short of cash this month........

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  12. Oh my ggggggesss!!! Just imagine having that much $$ !!

    Now get on your knees and start looking!

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  13. Congratulations, Mitch! - Now, put this away in another 'safe' place to open up again when you find your ticket. And when you do so don't forget who are your REAL friends! (Hint hint).

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    1. Raybeard:
      Found the ticket. But I put THIS away in another safe place and can't find it. Oddly, I can't even remember what it was your were talking about.

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