El Niño passes Alicante by in Spain’s first national lottery of 2022

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El Niño passes Alicante by in Spain's first national lottery of 2022
NATIONAL LOTTERY: Mammoth Christmas draw is followed by El Niño on January 6 Photo credit: andreuvv

THERE was only a very little low-key luck for Alicante province in the El Niño lottery drawn on January 6.

This year’s winning number 41665, paying €200,000 for every decimo or tenth of a ticket, was sold only in Logroño (La Rioja) although the 44469 second prize was spread out all over Spain.

This included Alicante province, where nine decimos of 44469 were sold singly in Alicante City, Elche, Petrer, Campello, Orihuela (La Zenia and La Murada), Cox, Callosa d’en Sarria and Torrevieja.  The decimos will pay €75,000 per decimo.The third prize of €25,000 for every decimo of 19467 was again sold throughout Spain and as far away as Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

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Punters bought €35.9 million of the €43.9 million allocated to Alicante province for the El Niño lottery, €2.3 million more than in 2021.

Overall, Spain spent €742 million on this year’s January 6 lottery, compared with €725 million in 2021.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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