The owner of a lottery administration at the Deiland-Chimida mall in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, celebrates selling the number 13,437 ticket that was awarded with the first prize of the traditional Spanisch Christmas Lottery 'El Gordo', on Dec. 22, 2014.
Javier Fuentes—EPA
December 22, 2014 11:43 AM EST

Hundreds of Spaniards found themselves thousands of dollars richer on Monday after the winning numbers in the country’s annual Christmas lottery were announced.

In one Madrid neighborhood, more than 100 winning tickets were sold, divvying up the $3 billion jackpot of the “El Gordo” lottery among a the lucky people, the Associated Press reports. At least 10 people won the lottery’s top prize, landing each a 400,000-euro bonus for the New Year, BBC reports.

Given the higher chances of winning “El Gordo” prizes, people across the country participate in the decades-old Christmas giveaway. And given the economic hardship facing Spain, where the employment rate stands at 24%, the winnings are a welcome financial boost.

[AP]

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