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.

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.

Source : Al Jazeera

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