THE jackpot for this year's national Epiphany lottery – the second-most famous after the Christmas El Gordo – has gone to holders of ticket number 22654, who are scattered all over the country.
Unlike the El Gordo, where every single top-prize ticket was sold in Roquetas de Mar (Almería province), the 'El Niño' – drawn annually on January 6 – landed in pockets of residents from as far apart as Lugo and Málaga.
A full ticket – costing €200 – is worth €2 million, but most people buy a tenth of a ticket or a décimo, which costs €20, meaning they will have won €200,000 if they picked the right number.
Winning décimos were bought all over Catalunya, including in Barcelona city and province (the towns of Badalona and Vicent del Castellet) and Lleida city; in Andalucía, including Málaga city, Granada city, the Almería province town of Roquetas de Mar and the province of Cádiz (in Algeciras, Conil de la Frontera and Jerez de la Frontera); in the Comunidad Valenciana, in Castellón city and province (in the Vall d'Uixó) and Alicante province (in Torremendo); in Galicia, in the province of Lugo (San Clodio and Quiroga) and in A Coruña city; in Asturias (Gijón); in Murcia (Alhama de Murcia); in Aragón (Zaragoza city); in the Basque Country, in the provinces of Vizcaya (Bilbao) and Guipúzcoa (Pasai Antxo), and in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
One winner, retired fisherman Juan Sánchez Ariza from Conil de la Frontera, bought the winning décimo because it bore his date of birth – June 22, 1954.
Roquetas de Mar was stunned to find it had netted the jackpot after doing the same with the El Gordo just two weeks earlier – and lottery shop manager Ángeles Martín, who sold two winning décimos, admitted she was 'very nervous' just before the numbers were drawn.
She found out after one of her neighbours, the woman who owns Bar Bernardo in the same street, called to tell her.
The shop, on the C/ Real, is just half a kilometre from the one where the El Gordo winners bought their own tickets which were drawn on December 22.
Ángeles says in her 32 years of running her lottery shop, she has dished out several major prizes 'including many in pesetas', but had never yet sold an El Niño winner.
Second-prize tickets, numbered 60755 and worth €75,000 for a décimo or €750,000 for those who splashed out the €200 for a full ticket, and third-prize number 95395 – worth €25,000 for a décimo or €250,000 for a complete ticket - were not spread out the way the jackpot-winner was – like the El Gordo first prize, they each centred on one shop.
A lottery seller on the C/ Santa Engracia in the Chamberí neighbourhood of Madrid sold all tickets numbered 60755, whilst another in Guardo in the province of Palencia, in the centre-northern region of Castilla y León sold all the décimos bearing the number 95395.
Two-digit winners, worth €40 a décimo, were 04, 14, 36, 38, and 93, whilst the three-digit numbers that won €100 per décimo were 031, 137, 143, 361, 438, 487, 524, 559, 560, 610, 738, 855, 964 and 981.
Four-digit number combinations which won €350 per décimo were 9606 and 1975, whilst single numbers that won back the price paid for the ticket or décimo were 0, 2 and 4.