El Gordo is a lottery that is held each year in Spain.  The tickets are drawn on December 22nd and everyone watches on television.  The numbers are actually sung by a boy's choir.  The top prize is about $250 million dollars.  Tickets are expensive and it is very common for people to buy only 1/10 of a ticket.  It is a complicated lottery with multiple winners on each ticket.  There are also lesser prizes.  In July there is a smaller lottery called "el nino" or "the little one.  There are also lottery drawings throughout the year.  El Gordo was started in 1763.