Dec 22, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Big smiles in Spain – from lucky people in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Madrid.
They bought tickets that turned out to be winners – in the world’s richest lottery.
They hit the jackpot today and have been popping champagne corks in the streets – as they celebrate payoffs of $490,000 from a $3 billion purse of cash – divided among thousands of ticketholders.
More than 100 of the top winning tickets were sold in the downtown Madrid neighborhood.
Some 20 winners were from the city of Cadiz – and other winning tickets were purchased in other Spanish cities.
The country’s “El Gordo” lottery (The Fat One) awards prizes to thousands of people – with other winning tickets handing out tens of thousands – or hundreds of dollars.
Spaniards were glued to their TV’s – as prizes were announced – in a program that lasted for four hours.