Spain kicked off the festive period Thursday celebration El Gordo the bumper Christmas lottery.

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This lottery will dish out a total of 2.5 billion euros in prizes.

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The most sought-after prize shells out 400,000 euros.

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Holders of winning 20-euro tickets.

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the run-up to Christmas, is a major tradition among families, friends, co-workers and in bars and sports and social clubs.

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Top prizes but Spain’s Christmas lottery.

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Spain established its national lottery as a charity in 1763 during the reign of King Carlos III.

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The Dec. 22 Christmas lottery began in 1812.

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The session, which started at 9 a.m.

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It also helps several charities.

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