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The Spanish Red Cross Raffle or the Especial De Cruz Roja is one of the number of extraordinary raffle draws or ‘Sorteo Extraordinario’ that are held by the official Spanish National Lottery operator. These are higher-value and special raffles that are held to celebrate or commemorate special days in the Spanish calendar. In the case of the Spanish Red Cross Raffle, this special draw was first conducted in 1924 and was aimed at raising much-needed funds for all the good work that the Red Cross had accomplished in Spain. This lottery is very similar to the Loteria del Nino and Loteria de Navidad. How?
This is because the tickets of the Spanish Red Cross Raffle all have five digit numbers and they range between 00000 and 99999. Every ticket is divided into 10 equal shares. In Spanish, these shares are also referred to as ‘decimos’. The distinctive feature of this lottery is that you don’t have to choose the lottery numbers because every share comes with a pre-printed raffle number on it. However, this doesn’t mean that you cannot do anything to improve your odds of the Spanish Red Cross Raffle. Here are some ways you can go about it:
First things first, you have the option of picking or buying one share of a raffle ticket.
If not that, you can choose multiple shares with one raffle ticket number as this will give boost your winnings if that number wins a prize.
The third option is to buy shares in different numbers as this will definitely boost your odds of winning.
If you do win, the amount of the prize will depend on the number of shares of the raffle ticket number that you have purchased. For instance, if your raffle ticket number has won a prize of €250,000 and you have bought a single share, your prize will be €25,000.
There are almost 14 to 16 prize divisions and the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3 as every ten-share ticket could have nearly 35,000 winning combinations. Amongst the 40 thousand prizes available for the Spanish Red Cross Raffle, the number of prizes that are available for a single series are multiplied by the total number of series that have been issued. For instance, 10 series were issued for the 2018 draw. For instance, if the main winning number drawn is 12345, then €1,000,000 will be paid for every 10 tickets or €100,000 for 10 shares. In a nutshell, you have lots of opportunities to win a prize.
Some of the top prize divisions of the Spanish Red Cross Raffle are outlined below:
The first prize has a payout of €1,000,000 per ticket and €100,000 per share.
The second prize has a payout of €250,000 per ticket and €25,000 per share.
The third prize has a payout of €50,000 per ticket and €5,000 per share.
For the last four digits, there is a payout of €3,000 per ticket and €300 per share.
For the last three digits, there is a payout of €600 per ticket and €60 per share.
Prizes are also given out for approximations i.e. 1 number higher or lower than the winning numbers.
The best part is that anyone from all over the globe can participate in the Spanish Red Cross Raffle. A lot of people want to since the money is for good causes only. You only have to be 18 years or older to play it, but there are some tax implications if you win. If your winnings from the Spanish Red Cross Raffle are in excess of €2,500, you will have to pay state tax of 20%.