• The local, which already gave the Christmas Gordo and a fifth, now sells 10 tenths of the 72,289

    All the reports on the Christmas Lottery begin the same, with the lottery explaining to the press that he had a presentiment, that he sensed early in the morning that this year his administration was going to distribute joy and, above all, money to his clientele. Magalí, employed for 5 years in the white elephant, located in the heart of Madrid, on Calle Arenal, woke up this morning and thought: “El Gordo, no. But a second or a third we are going to give & rdquor ;. Magalí did not want to give the highest prize of the Children’s Lottery because she -she confesses- “gives a lot of work & rdquor ;. “Everyone comes, but everyone, to buy tenths. It’s a bunch of people & rdquor ;, she explains with a smile.

    In the end, El Elefante Blanco smiled at its customers with 10 tenths of the second prize, 72,289. In total, 750,000 euros distributed in the Madrid administration, basically, among tourists. Located a few meters from Puerta del Sol and the Teatro Real, the pedestrian street of Arenal is part of the tourist heart of the city. It is very close to Doña Manolita, the most famous administration in Spain which, on this occasion, was left without fortune.

    If the Gordo was sold entirely in one town, L’Escala (Girona), the second went through all the communities, from Andalusia to Euskadi and Galicia passing through Catalonia.

    This morning, Magalí and her partner, Samuel, who has been working as a lottery lotter for two years, opened the blind at El Elefante Blanco early in the morning. As always. Despite being a holiday, they never close. Madrid, in general, is a city that never closes. And more, in the center. Listening to the raffle on the radio, they were moved to see that they were part of the dozens and dozens of administrations that had sold 72,289, the second most important prize in the Children’s Lottery. Magalí and Samuel know what it means to be shared with joy. In the Christmas raffle (last December 22), they sold part of the Gordo and a fifth prize. “We are used to giving prizes. It is part of the house’s DNA. We have a very nice job & rdquor ;, smiles Samuel.

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    While they waited for the State Lottery and Gambling Agency to take the T-shirts with the grateful number and the phrase ‘sold here’ to the central administration, Magalí and Samuel invited all passers-by to a small appetizer: chips, some cookies chocolate and the usual cava. “It’s a party,” they commented while posing for the press with the plastic figure of the elephant (rather blue) that represents the venue. Neither of them has lucky tenths. At least they don’t admit it. But knowing that you have made a lot of people happy puts a smile on your face.

    Sadder was Lina, an employee of the cafeteria next to the administration. 23 year old Venezuelan, confesses that he still does not understand very well the Christmas draws in Spain, neither the one on the 22nd nor the one on the 6th of January. “A colleague has explained it to me and I think I have already understood it. Next year I buy. I see that it’s up to a lot of people & rdquor ;, she smiles while she prepares the clients’ breakfasts.