STAFF REPORTER

MADRID
TODAY'S “El Niño” lottery draw will be handing out 840 million euros in prizes across the country, the State Lottery Board said yesterday.
Tickets for a total value of 1'200 million euros have been put on sale, divided up into 60 separate numeric series with 100'000 tickets in each. A complete ticket cost 200 euros a time, whilst a coupon one tenth of its value, known as a “décimo” were priced at 20 euros each.

The prize money is equivalent to 70 percent of the sale value of the tickets. The first prize to be shared out will be 120 million euros - 2 million for the winning series and 200'000 per “décimo.” There will be a second prize of one million euros for the series, and 12 prizes of 14'000 euros.
The draw, made by machine, will take place at noon today in the State Lottery Board hall in Madrid.
This year, the design on the lottery tickets has included a picture entitled: “The Christ Child, the Adoration of the Magi.” It is an oil painting by Pablo Scheppers, completed around 1575, the original of which can be seen in the Museum of Zaragoza.

It is because of the visit of the Three Kings to the Christ Child on the date known in the religious calendar as Epiphany, 6th January, that the draw has been popularly christened “El Niño” - the Child.

Advertisements on television for the “El Niño” draw this year have had a fairy tale theme, featuring a young “Alice in Wonderland” who appears with other characters such as Peter Pan, Cinderellas and Puss-in-Boots.

Official legislation governing the “El Niño” draw was introduced in 1966 and up until 1999, the draw was held on 5th January as opposed to the 6th.

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