Brits can win a share of 'El Gordo' £2.1billion jackpot

The event takes place on 22 December in Madrid

Brits can win a share of a whopping £2.1billion lottery prize pot next week as millions are gearing up for the El Gordo to be drawn in Spain.

For years, El Gordo (literally translated as 'The Fat One') has been bringing groups of people together at Christmas to change their fortunes overnight.

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In the past entire villages and communities have achieved new-found wealth after purchasing shares for the same ticket number.

The big event itself takes part in Madrid on December 22nd with thousands of prizes to be won.

El Gordo allows customers to purchase 'shares' of any five-digit number between 00001 and 99999.

And, while 90% of the Spanish population tunes in to watch it live, Brits and other nationalities are managing to cash in through UK websites offering to match the prize fund.

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Reuters CEO Nigel Birrell said: "El Gordo is truly a phenomenal lottery. The vast majority of the money generated through sales goes back to the players themselves creating incredible prize dividends.

"The overall prize pot is a staggering £2.1 billion with hundreds of £2.9m jackpots up for grabs. In fact there's 14,000 prizes to be won in total and the odds of winning a jackpot are just 1 in 100,000 – that's a thousand times easier than it is to win EuroMillions!

"We don't think it's fair that the Spanish have this all to themselves and that's why we're bringing the El Gordo excitement and fun to Britain this Christmas.

"Buy a whole ticket with friends and family, or get individual shares – there's loads of options, but make sure you take part. The chances of winning are amazing and it's truly a one-off special event that anyone who has ever played lottery should be interested in."

The El Gordo draw takes place in Madrid, Spain on 22nd December 2016 and lasts approximately three hours.

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