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APTOPIX Spain Christmas Lottery
Workers of a gas station celebrate with friends and clients after winning the second prize of the Christmas lottery “El Gordo” (“The Fat One”) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, Sunday Dec. 22, 2013. Millions of Spaniards are glued to televisions as the country's cherished Christmas lottery, the world's richest, distributes a bounty of 2.5 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in prize money to winning ticket owners. The draw is so popular that most of Spain's 46 million inhabitants traditionally watch some part of it live in the hope that the school children singing out winning numbers will call out their ticket. The top prize, known as "El Gordo" (The Fat One), gives lucky winners 400,000 euros per ticket Sunday, while the second-best number nets 125,000 euros. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)