Many children loved the gifts the Three Kings left under the tree on January 6th. But La Rioja had a special gift in store. It was the first prize in El Nino's draw, and it came in the form 100 of these millionaires.
Logrono administration number 6 was the place where luck began. They verified that 41665, the number they had subscribed to since 1973 was the winner. The number grants its holder two millions euros for the series, and 200,000 euros for the tenth. It is located on Muro del Carmen Street in Rioja capital.
Angel and Ignacio Alda were the current owners of the graceful administration. They began receiving calls and visits as soon as the balls appeared from fortune-distributing drums. It was immediately apparent that the prize had reached many regular family members at the central lottery point-of-sale, as well customers of a well known bar in Rioja: La Trompeta de Plata.
The familiar number 41665 is also known. This is the number they've been playing for 35 year. Yolanda Jimenez was the owner of it and couldn't hide her joy at what had just happened. Joy filled the entire hotel, where many winners were present.
The bars were the ones who distributed the prize beyond Logrono, and even to the border of La Rioja. Lucky winners were awarded 2.4 million euros from the Haro campsite cafeteria. Adela Barriocanal (head of the hotel establishment in this Jarrera town) stated that the same people have played this number for more than 20 years.
Jose Felix Aramayo, from La Rioja, helped to make sure that Haro got a portion of all the millions. Another went to Soria with another part. He works as a waiter in the Termancia bar and has 50 tenths of Logrono Administration number 6. After having won the Christmas draw, he did it and received 100 euros per tenth from the pedrea. Later, he bought five more series and has now distributed ten millions euros to his clients.
The 44469 second prize was won by all communities except La Rioja which is already blessed with El Gordo. Asturias was thus awarded 44469, which meant that 1.4 million was set aside for them. Nineteen tenths were purchased in Asturias.
Unexpectedly, he also gave 5.2 million euros to Cantabrian lands. It was given at the Ramon Bar in Treceno by an elite working-class clientele.
The lucky number was also sold by several Madrid administrations, with one located at Atocha station's commuter entrance. Although the Christmas Gordo was distributed within the same area, it was distributed by an administration in the AVE.
The third prize was awarded to large cities like Valencia and Madrid, as well as medium-sized cities like Jerez de La Frontera, Hospitalet de Llobregat and Estepona. It also visited small cities like O Porrino (Pontevedra) and Villafranca de Cordoba. As is almost a tradition, even at Granadilla de Abona's gas station on Tenerife's southern highway, there was also a tenth of a second.
Number 19467 paid 11.25 million euros to Valencia while administration number 42 sold 45 series of that award. The window distributed 450 tenths to the lottery office on Francisco Belvis Street in the Ayora neighbourhood. Ernesto Sanchez, the head of the 'La carabassa d'or' administration stated that the prize had been widely distributed and reached all corners of the region.
Carmen, a young lady who shared a tenth of her prize with her sister, announced that she would use the prize amount to get married. Antonia will, with a tenth, allocate the prize of 25,000 euros to her house renovation and to help her daughter take the MIR.