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.)

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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