Loteria Primitiva – La Primitiva – is a lottery game offered by one of the oldest lottery organizations in the world – Loteria Nacional – the Spanish National Lottery – which is run, of course, by the government of Spain.
The company that runs all of the official Spanish Lottery games that you see offered on the internet and on the streets in Spain is Loterias del Estado – who's full title is Loterias y Apuestas del Estado.
Loteria Nacional – otherwise known as the Spanish National Lottery – has been in existence since the year 1763 and this means that it is one of the oldest and most respected lottery organizations that exists anywhere in the world.
Out of all the lottery ticket sales generated by the Spanish Loteria Nacional – 70% of funds paid in are put straight back into the Spanish Lottery prize pot, ie. Right back to the people and this is the highest percentage from any world lottery game.
One of the principal goals of Loterias y Apuestas del Estado and the Loteria Nacional is to try and spread the wealth amongst as many of the Spanish people as possible and this is well achieved with large prizes being won and roughly 35 out of every 100 lottery tickets winning some kind of prize.
The ideology behind the various lottery games of the Loteria Nacional in Spain is based around sharing the highest number of lottery prizes between players and Loterias del Estado meets this aim with Spanish Lotto players having maximum chances of recouping their expenses at the same time as playing for some of the largest lottery prizes in the world.
The Loteria Nacional in Spain has numerous lottery games available including the well known EuroMillions game – Euromillones, Bonolotto, the Sunday lottery game – El Gordo de la Primitiva, La Quiniela, Loteria Nacional – the Spanish National Lottery on Thursdays and Saturdays, the biggest lottery in the world – the
El Gordo – Christmas Lottery – Loteria de Navidad plus the twice weekly game that we will be looking at here…the Loteria Primitiva – La Primitiva…
La Primitiva – Loteria Primitiva
Spanish Lotto 6/49 Overview…
La Primitiva – Loteria Primitiva is the favourite lottery among the Spanish people and is the most popular of the weekly Spanish Lotto games.
As its name implies La Primitiva (The Primitive One) is a very old lottery game and was first introduced way back in 1763 with the first draw taking place in Madrid on December 10th of that year.
Way back then the Loteria Primitiva was a pick 5 numbers from a possible 90 game and this lasted until 1862.
The Loteria Primitiva was reintroduced to the Spanish National Lottery portfolio in 1985 and is again one of the favourites drawn twice per week on Thursdays and Saturdays at 9.30pm CET.
How It Works…
The Spanish Lottery – La Primitiva – Loteria Primitiva uses a single matrix of 6/49 meaning that when you play the Primitiva you need to select 6 numbers out of a pool of numbers ranging from 1 to 49.
If you match all 6 of the main numbers you will be the lucky winner of a Loteria Primitiva jackpot prize.
There are many other cash prizes to be won too in La Primitiva and in total there are 5 different ways in which you can win on this great and historical Spanish lotto game.
Other prize categories are for matching 5 of the main numbers plus an additional number, 5 of the main numbers, 4 of the main numbers or even just 3 of the main numbers drawn.
A facility is available when playing Loteria Primitiva similar to the “Lucky Dip” that is used in the UK National Lottery or Europe’s Euromillions – which means that you can choose to let the random number generator computer select your numbers for you in a Quick Pick manner – saving you time.
So, playing the La Primitiva – Loteria Primitiva is easy…just select your own 6 numbers or let the computer generate them automatically for you.
The cost per line on the Loteria Primitiva is the standard amount of €1.00.
Who Can Play?
Normally, to play in any of the Spanish National Lottery – Loteria Nacional – games run by Loterias y Apuestas del Estado – Loterias del Estado – you would have to be a resident of Spain to take part.
Now that you can play lottery online, however, with accredited and authorized lottery ticket sales companies such as TheLotter or Coral Eurobet you can take part in the fun, no matter where in the world you live.
This applies to La Primitiva and most of the Spanish Lotto games available and you can pick your Spanish Lottery numbers online and purchase your Loteria Primitiva tickets whether you live in Spain or anywhere else around the world.
This is excellent news if you live outside of Spain but want to play in some of the world’s biggest lotteries and ensure your entry into the next draw or just simply wish to enjoy the convenience of being able to buy lottery tickets online.
Once you have entered into the Loteria Primitiva draw, you are then easily able to check the Spanish Lottery results online to see how you have done and to find out if you have become one of the lucky lottery winners.
You must be 18 years of age to be eligible to buy lottery tickets for any of the Loteria Nacional games including La Primitiva.
As you can see, the Loteria Primitiva dates back so far that it has far too much history for us to be able to cover everything about it in this review.
Suffice to say that it became a national institution in Spain after it was originally introduced back in 1763 and the same applies now since its reintroduction into the Loteria Nacional portfolio of Spanish Lotto games.
People from far and wide play La Primitiva and its appeal right across the world remains unchanged.
It is interesting to note when trying to win the lottery and select the correct winning lottery numbers that the number 39 has appeared more than any other in the Loteria Primitiva and the number that has appeared the least is number 49.
What Are The Odds?
The odds of winning the Loteria Primitiva are competitive when compared to many of the lotteries out around the world, especially considering how many people tend to participate in La Primitiva and other Spanish Lotto games.
The chances of winning a Loteria Primitiva jackpot are 1 in 13.98 million – for these odds you could be one of the lucky Primitiva jackpot winners.
For one of the prizes on the second level, the odds come in at 1 in 2.33 million.
The likelihood of winning a third tier prize comes in at 1 in 54,201 and for a prize on the fourth tier the odds are reduced right down to just 1 in 1,032.
For a prize on the fifth and final tier of the Loteria Primitiva the odds come in at just 1 in 57.
On Saturday January 17th 2009 a citizen of the province of Avila correctly picked the 6 winning lottery numbers and won €4.53 million on La Primitiva.
To date this was the biggest lottery win provided by Loteria Primitiva in the Avila province, the previous largest jackpot having been won in Sands of San Pedro in September 2008 when it reached €2.5 million.
The largest jackpot so far produced by the La Primitiva occurred on the 25th anniversary of the game’s reintroduction into the Loteria Naional portfolio of Spanish Lotto games.
€24.92 million was won in October 2005 by a lucky Loteria Primitiva winner in Malaga who picked the winning lottery numbers – 1, 13, 28, 32, 37 and 39 –
which was a great way to celebrate this milestone in the history of La Primitiva.
How Are Jackpots Paid?
If you win the lottery with any of the games offered by Loterias y Apuestas del Estado including the Loteria Primitiva you will be your winnings as tax free cash lump sums.
There are various criteria depending upon where you buy lottery tickets – from a Loterias del Estado retail outlet on the streets in Spain or online from an authorized lottery ticket sales company such as TheLotter or Coral Eurobet.
You will not need to be concerned about the size of your win or having to contact the company if you play lottery online as when you win the lottery your agent will make payment direct to you when you buy lottery tickets online.