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Spaniards bet on slimmed-down 'Fat One' Christmas jackpot

Published on Dec 19, 2013 12:42 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Spaniards are digging into their pockets to gamble on their beloved "Fat One" Christmas lottery with the world's richest total payout, but winners will get slimmed-down prizes this year as a new austerity tax takes a bite.

Hundreds queued up to buy tickets outside the Dona Manolita lottery store in central Madrid, which is known for having sold several winning tickets for "El Gordo", or "The Fat One".

The lottery will distribute up to 2.24 billion euros (S$3.87 billion) overall in Sunday's draw, with punters paying a minimum of 20 euros for a "decimo" - the cheapest ticket stub on sale.

The top winnings for a single decimo with the winning number is 400,000 euros.

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