Spaniards eye lottery amid bleak festive season
More people than ever in economically hit country trying their hand at $1bn el Gordo - the Fat One - lottery.
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2011 06:16

Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone, where nearly one in four citizens do not have a job and roughly half the country's youth are jobless.

As a result, the traditional Christmas lottery has become more popular than ever - becoming a near national obsession.

Many people are hoping that luck will be on their side this festive season in securing el Gordo - the Fat One - a potluck worth an enviable $1bn in prize money.

Al Jazeera's Peter Sharp reports from Madrid.

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