Can You Play the Spanish Lottery?

Whenever we visit a foreign country, we want to experience all it has to offer, but we sometimes neglect to check whether visitors are given the same rights and obligations as the local residents. It’s not just countries, which is why there are sites like that offer info on how the games of chance are treated in specific regions. However, today we are talking about the Spanish lottery. Who can play it and claim the prize?

Simple and Straight

To keep things rolling, we are going to give you the straight answer right away and deal with the details later. First of all, you can play Spanish lotteries. Any foreigner is allowed participation and, more importantly, is able to claim the prize once they win it.

However, we need to point something out. While the winnings of the lotteries in question are usually tax-free, if you decide to take the money out of the country, it is very likely that they will be taxed. So, take that into consideration before you go and buy a boat or house back home. Now, on to the lotteries!

La Primitiva

This is one of the most popular and basic Spanish lotteries. To play, all you need to do is select 6 numbers between 1 and 49. Every Thursday and Saturday, you are welcome to try your luck. If you don’t win, all is not yet lost. There is also the second-place prize, if 5 of your numbers match, along with the 6th number being the same as the bonus ball. There is also a chance to win the Refund, with the 8th ball being drawn. This ball has a value between 0 and 9. If you have a match, you are refunded the cost of your ticket.


Bonoloto uses the same rules as La Primitiva, though it is held 4 times a week. Because of this, the jackpot value rises much faster than with other lotteries. The biggest jackpot this lottery has ever produced was €7.000.000. That’s a lot of money for being lucky enough to pick the right five numbers.

Loteria Nacional

This is the Spanish National Lottery where there are 100,000 tickets printed for those willing to participate with preset numbers ranging from 000000 to 999999. In order to win their special prize, you don’t need to have specific numbers, but just be in a particular group.

El Gordo de la Primitiva

This lottery is a variant of La Primitiva and is held every Sunday. There are two categories of numbers. The first category features numbers between 1 and 54 and the second one, similarly to the previous entry, 0-9. You pick five numbers in the first category and one in the second. To win the jackpot, all 6 numbers must match. To win a refund only the ‘key’ number has to match.

Christmas Lottery

This is a very old tradition going back two hundred years. The prize pool is considered to be the biggest in the world. As for the rules, they are the same as for Loteria Nacional: there are 100,000 tickets with digital codes.