A $1.1 billion lottery in Spain called El Nino has made hundreds of people rich beyond their wildest dreams. Although they won't be millionaires, the top prize of $260,240 is a life-changing sum of money, and multiple people scored the prize across the Spanish cities of Alicante, Leon, Madrid, Murcia and Tenerife. The lottery tickets aren't cheap at $26 apiece, but in a country stricken by high unemployment and and deep recession, winning is everything.
According to FOX News, the $1.1 billion lottery was held on Sun., Jan. 6, 2013. The name of the lottery literally means "the child," and it is a reference to the baby Jesus. The lottery is held annually on the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is one of the oldest feasts in Christianity. It is also known as Theophany and Three Kings Day.
The people of Spain like their lotteries fat. In addition to the $1.1 billion lottery called El Nino, the country has a Christmas lottery called El Gordo, which means "the fat one." El Gordo, which is technically called Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad Spanish, is billed as the largest lottery in the world. In 2012, Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad Spanish paid out $3.3 billion to its lucky winners.