Hurting Spaniards celebrate Christmas lottery wins
MADRID (AP) - Winners of Spain's cherished Christmas lottery - the world's richest - celebrated on Saturday in more than a dozen locations where lucky tickets were sold, a moment of uplift for a country enduring another brutal year of economic hardship.
Initial reports said there were winners of the maximum prize of 400,000 euros (S$644,000) in 15 towns or cities.
In Madrid, two lottery outlet workers who sold a top-prize tickets celebrated with sparkling wine as curious neighbours gathered. The fortunate winner had yet to make an appearance.
The lottery sprinkled a treasure chest of 2.5 billion euros in prize money around the country.