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Official lotteries in Spain - avoid the scams (see scam lotteries here)

 

The Spanish National Lottery
According to the Spanish State Lottery, non-Spaniards can participate in the lottery and claim prizes just the same as Spanish citizens.

The only restriction is that any prize winnings must stay within Spain or you face paying taxes on the amount won upon entering another country.

   

Lottery tickets can be purchased at any of the local state lottery shops which are called Loterias y Apuestas del Estado. Marked by their blue colour, the shops offer four different games that run throughout the week. La Loteria Nacional is played every Thursday and Saturday; the Bonoloto, which is drawn every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; la Primitiva, which is drawn every Thursday and Saturday and the large jackpot, El Gordo de la Primitiva, which is drawn every Sunday.

 

The price of tickets varies depending on the game played. The Bonoloto is 50 cents a bet, the Primitiva is 1€ and El Gordo de la Primitiva is 20€. Buy from someone in the street and expect to pay 2€ extra. Tickets can be filled out by marking 6 numbers or by buying a computer drawn ticket. For the national lottery there are a fixed number of digits on a ticket which is known as a décimo, or the tenth part of a whole lottery ticket. Prizes are won when there are a minimum of three winning numbers out of a maximum of six.

 

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For the national lottery if the last two numbers

are the same as the big prize you will win something and if only the last number is the same you will get your money back. Winning tickets can be redeemed at any of the lottery shops. As it is a state-run lottery, there are no taxes payable on winnings.

   

ONCE Lottery
The Organizacion Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (Spanish National Blind Organisation), also runs a regular lottery. Tickets are sold at green kiosks and in the street. Non-residents can also play this lottery which is a daily game of five digits and a series of three with a special coupon for larger jackpots on Friday and Sunday. Tickets can be bought for 1.50€ each and 2.00€ for tickets for the Friday and Sunday draws. On the first Friday and Sunday of every month there is a special coupon that costs 2.50€ for the monthly large jackpot.

Prizes begin when one to five numbers (with the series or not) match up with prizes ranging from 2.50€ (when only the last digit matches), to 300,000€ (when the five digits and the series match). While smaller prizes can be claimed at the kiosks, larger prizes must be claimed at the Banco de España. Tickets can be checked with the street sellers, at the kiosks and by watching Antenna 3 TV after the news every evening.

 

 

Football Pools
The football pools in Spain is known as La Quiniela and is also a state sponsored lottery. Tickets can be bought at the various lottery shops and cost a minimum of 60 cents for the initial bet and 30 cents for any further bets made on the same coupon for the same draw.

 

Lottery Scams - see samples here
It has been brought to the attention of Idealspain that numerous email scams are circulating the world, referring to lotteries in Spain and claiming that the email recipient has won.

We have undertaken a great deal of research into this matter and would like to make our readers aware of the following points:

The national lottery NEVER sends out emails notifying winners

 

The scams normally work like this:

  1. You receive an email claiming that you have won a large prize in a Spanish lottery. In order to claim the prize you need to call a Spanish number.

  2. You call this number and it is likely to be a premium rate number on which they keep you talking. It is often a mobile number (all mobiles in Spain begin with a 6). A lottery office would not use a mobile number. When you call the number it is likely that they will ask you for a legal fee to process the claim. It can be anything from 600-3,000 euros.

  3. If you send them money – forget it. You will hear no more from them. We did however hear of a case whereby someone sent them money and they had the nerve to call again 2 weeks later and ask for another processing fee.

  4. If you receive an email about a lottery win, consider the following.

  5. Does the contact phone number begin with a ‘6’ or is it a landline beginning with ‘95’

  6. Are they asking for a processing fee to claim the prize

  7. Has the company got a CIF Nº. (All registered companies have to have one – if in doubt, call them and ask for it)

  8. Never give them your bank details

 

Report scams to Metropolitan Police

 
   
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