How to Win a Big Lottery Jackpot This Christmas

How to Win a Big Lottery Jackpot This Christmas
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is rapidly approaching and with it comes the unsatisfying sight of emptying bank accounts around the world. With so much emphasis constantly being placed on experiencing the ‘perfect Christmas’, wouldn’t it be brilliant to land yourself a wad of cash from a Christmas lottery so large that the financial worries that accompany the festive period vanished quicker than the last slice of turkey on 25th December?

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to boost your bank balance this Yuletide, with special lottery draws taking place around the globe before and after the big day. Whether it’s winning a prize that would allow you to splash out on extra gifts, or scooping a sum so significant that you’d never have to worry about money ever again, a joyous jackpot win could be just the tonic you have been searching for.

El Gordo Navidad

Dating back to 1812, El Gordo (or the Fat One) has been part of Spanish Christmas time for over 200 years and regularly delights players with huge prizes. Traditionally held on the 22nd December, El Gordo Navidad is a raffle-style game that requires participants to match various number combinations ranging from 00000 to 99999. The price of a single entry (Billete) can be quite costly, meaning each ticket is divided into tenths (Decimo), with large groups of players usually banding together to enter the draw.

Matching a full billete with the jackpot-winning code generates a return of up to €4 million, while each decimo will win an impressive €400,000. The draw, which is viewed by an estimated 75 percent of the Spanish population, can last for several hours and features a host of school children singing the winning numbers and prize values in rhythmic fashion. In order to enter the draw, players must either purchase their entry from an authorised retailer in Spain or pick up a ticket online from anywhere in the world.

As each code in the Spanish Christmas Lottery is reproduced numerous times, there are always more than 100 winners of each prize, including the jackpot.


A newcomer to the Christmas lottery scene, Weihnachtslotterie is played in Germany and offers a one in 1,000 chance of winning a €300,000 prize. Due to take place on Tuesday 26th December, participants receive a five-digit code which they must match to one of the winning codes in order to prosper.

There are also plenty of other rewards in the draw with prizes ranging from €20 to €25,000 and a slice of the ticket money even goes towards helping charitable organisations throughout Germany. Tickets can be purchased online or from authorised retailers before 2:30pm on the day of the draw.

UK Millionaire Maker

Each year, EuroMillions players in the UK are treated to a festive feast in the form of a special Millionaire Maker draw. The UK-only game, which is included in the price of a EuroMillions ticket, requires players to match an alphanumeric code in order to win one of ten prizes of £1 million. The draw is due to take place on Friday 29th December, giving players the chance to fill their back pockets after what will no doubt have been a costly few weeks and enjoy a delightful New Years’ Eve.

In addition, players also have the opportunity to win a EuroMillions prize in the game’s main draw. The sizeable jackpot can reach a sensational €190 million, so pick up your ticket from any authorised retailer ahead of the draw or pick your numbers online.

Plenty More Chances to Win

With so many Christmas lotteries on offer it can be quite difficult choosing which game to play. Each draw provides something different, while the prizes that are up for grabs are certainly worth winning. Of course, there are plenty of other festive lotteries occurring in the coming days, with the Irish Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw tempting participants with a prize of €1 million on Sunday 31st December, while there are 100 prizes of €20,000 and a jackpot of €20 million up for grabs in the Grand Loto de Noel draw, a seasonal offering from French Loto on the 22nd of December. And for those who fancy something other than money this Christmas, the South Africa National Lottery Raffle draw is set to award 25 Mini Coopers to lucky ticket holders on Saturday 30th December.