El Gordo Summer Holiday Lotto: A Vacation to Remember!

Saturday 1st July 2023. €140M Reasons to Have Fun in the Sun!

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About Summer Holiday Lotto

Summer is approaching and with it a desire to enjoy a nice long vacation in the sun. Every July tourists flock to the sunny Mediterranean to enjoy the beaches, bars and the burning hot €140 million euro lotto! The Holiday Draw is here! Have you never played? If you want to know more about this fantastic vacation Extraordinary game you’ve come to the right place!

“El Gordo de Verano”, also known as the Extraordinary Holiday Raffle, comes with a special prize of €20,000,000 for one tenth. This draw happens only once a year, on the first weekend of July to mark the start of school Summer Holidays. This year the draw takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday 1st July 2023. The odds of winning for this draw are 1 in 3, with 70% of revenue going to prizes.

Enjoy Summer with the Extraordinary Holiday Draw

You can come to Spain to enjoy good weather and impressive culture and art. If you like the heat, a getaway to the north to get lost in Asturias, the Basque Country, Cantabria. Enjoy the Camino de Santiago or see the sights of Segovia’s Roman ruins and castles. If you prefer sunny beaches and warmer waters, enjoy the seas of the Mediterranean and southern Andalusia. The capital of Spain has hidden special places to enjoy as well as a range of good food in both standing room bars and daily changed menus in restaurants. Plans for all tastes!

Before planning your destination, it is evident that the budget must be taken into account. Luckily the Holiday Raffle comes at just the right time. How would you plan a getaway if you won 20 million euros? It would sure expand your holiday plans. What if you won the El Gordo prize of 2 million euros or even the €600,000 prize?

The draw distributes 140 million euros in prizes overall. The special prize stands out: 20 million euros for a tenth. This unique prize goes to a single lucky ticket holder, with odds of 1:1,000,000. The first prize awards €200,000 per tenth, with €60,000 going to the second prize tenth tickets. The third prize awards €20,000 to the tenth. Tickets can be bought from numbers to There are also over 3,500,000 prizes up for grabs, with thousands and hundreds of euros to giveaway.

How to play the Extraordinary Holiday Draw?

Don’t leave your ticket buying for the last day! Favourite numbers go fast and only a limited number of tickets are available. You can buy your tenths on the web as well as at a lottery kiosk. All tickets contain five numbers and there are 100,000 combinations to choose from. You will have a prize in this draw if you match the 5 figures of any of the prizes, or if you have matched numbers that correspond to the first, second or third prize in hundreds, extractions or refunds of the prize program of each draw, to understand the full breakdown, please see the Prize Distribution Table. If after checking your ticket for this extraordinary July draw you find you have not been lucky, either in this or in other draws you can try again with the next Extraordinary draw.

The Spanish National Lottery draw is one of the most historic lotteries still in operation to this day. Typical draws take place on Thursdays, although there are also extraordinary draws such as Summer Extraordinary Special, the Christmas Draw, or the Valentine’s day lotto, among many others as seen on our website. Participating is simple. In both the regular and the special draws you can play through the lottery administrations in Spain and online internationally.

Summer Holiday Lottery Prize Distribution

Nº of Prizes
How To Win
Special Tenth Prize
20.000.000 €
Match 5 digits, Series & Tenth
First Prize
2.000.000 €
5-digit extraction
Second Prize
600.000 €
5-digit extraction
Third Prize
200.000 €
5-digit extraction
800 Tickets
1.000 €
3-digit extractions (8 chances to win)
4.000 Tickets
400 €
2-digit extractions repeated 4 times
1st Second Chance Win
8.000 €
Number before and after the 1st prize
2nd Second Chance Win
4.300 €
Number before and after the 2nd prize
99 Tickets
1.000 €
First 3 digits taken from the First Prize
99 Tickets
500 €
First 3 digits taken from the Second Prize
99 Tickets
500 €
First 3 digits taken from the Third Prize
99 Tickets
1.000 €
Last 2 digits taken from the First Prize
99 Tickets
1.000 €
Last 2 digits taken from the Second Prize
999 Tickets
400 €
Last 2 digits taken from the Third Prize
9.999 Tickets
200 €
Last single digit taken from the First Prize
10.000 Tickets
200 €
The last single digit from the 1st Second Chance Win
10.000 Tickets
200 €
The last single digit from the 2nd Second Chance Win

What you need to know about the Extraordinary Holiday Draw

This is one of the most popular games in the draw calendar offered each year by state lotteries. Summer is light, a time to enjoy the open air and of course some much needed time off. The Extraordinary “Vacation” Lottery Draw contributes precisely to that. It brings with it the arrival of summer and is celebrated on the first Saturday of July each year. When this draw is held there will still be the whole summer ahead for the winners to enjoy that special vacation. If you want to watch the draw live as it happens, you can do so through this link to all live National Lottery draws. The total amount of prizes that are distributed in this draw amounts to 140 million euros divided into 36,300 prizes.

The Spanish Summer Difference

Spain is one of the most beautiful and varied countries in the world. As the famous phrase says: Spain is different and it is also special. It would be impossible to summarize in a few words a country so different both culturally and geographically. No wonder then that Spain has one of the most unique and generous lotteries in the world, with fewer numbers to choose, more chances to win and fairer odds for all prizes. If you talk to someone in Spain, they know of a neighbour or a friend that has won a big prize in the past. That's why millions of people visit every year and come back again and again. Spain is among one of the top world tourist destinations. Culture, history, nature, nightlife, food and a healthy dose of sunshine available.

National Lottery Highlights

The Spanish National Lottery is full of dates marking its rich and varied history. Here you can find some of the most interesting moments to look back on over the past two hundred years.

  • 1812 - The First Official National Lottery Draw is held in the city of Cadíz.
  • 1813 - The paper method is replaced by instead using wooden balls. This method is still in use today to represent both the numbers and prizes for the Christmas lottery, while the other draws use a 5-drum modern method to make the process quicker.
  • 1892 - For the first time the name "Christmas Raffle" is held on 23rd December.
  • 1932 - The new headquarters of the National Lottery is inaugurated in Madrid.
  • 1938 - 1939 - The Raffle is split into two parts and held in various cities during the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1941 - Refunds numbers are established in all draws, garnering high public approval.
  • 1957 - The First televised Draw is broadcast.
  • 1962 - The first raffle using the 5 drum system is held in Madrid.
  • 1969 - The 5000th draw is celebrated on 4th March in Cadiz where the first draw took place in 1812.
  • 1974 - The National Lottery introduces modern computer techniques in the ticket distribution process.
  • 1975 - In some raffles, a special prize for a single tenth is introduced alongside the top prizes.
  • 1979 - A Royal Decree declares lottery winners have 3 months to collect a prize after a draw is held.
  • 1984 - The Colegio de San Ildefonso allows female students for the first time. In December several girls participated, in the draw announcements during the El Gordo de Navidad.
  • 1987 - The 175th anniversary of the National Lottery is celebrated, an Extraordinary Draw is held on 7th March in Cádiz to symbolise the celebration.
  • 1991 - The National Lottery launches a "Zodiac Draw".
  • 1994 - The prize structure and the name of the Zodiac draw are modified to be Thursday Lottery
  • 1994 - An Extraordinary Draw "Media" is dedicated to the group of media and professionals who collaborate in the publication and promotion of the lottery.
  • 2002 - The National Lottery adapts to the arrival of the euro in Spain.
  • 2005 - The National Lottery introduce modifications to Special Draws and in the Extraordinary Christmas and El Niño Draws to allow more prizes.
  • 2010 - The sale of the National Lottery tickets via terminal begins.
  • 2012 - The National Lottery turns 200 years old. The Extraordinary Draw for the Bicentennial of the National Lottery is held, with a special prize of 15,000,000 euros awarded to a single tenth.
  • 2013 - Loterías y Apuestas del Estado celebrates its 25th anniversary of operation.
  • 2020 - Due to the pandemic, the National Lottery Draws are held without an audience for the first time in modern history.