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People line up along a street as they wait to buy lottery tickets in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Spaniards are taking advantage of unusually warm weather and a "day of reflection" break in political campaigning ahead of general elections to buy tickets for the world's richest lottery. Spain's annual Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo or the Fat One, is due to hand out 2.24 billion euros ($2.43 billion) in winnings throughout Spain on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Need a quick million? Then you need to play Spain's El Gordo.


Spanish for "The Fat One," El Gordo is Spain's annual Christmas lottery. Like the name suggests, the game of chance is positively plump with cash --  it's the world's richest sweepstakes. 

This year's pot? An ice-cold $2.4 billion.

Thankfully, that obscene amount of wealth will be spread out -- no one person wins the whole pot. Instead, there are multiple grand prizes, and almost 15,000 people will walk away with some sort of cash prize, reports USA Today.

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So how does that help you? You don't have to be Spanish to play, or even in Spain. Tickets were available online, though the deadline for purchase has passed since this year's drawing is Thursday (mark your 2017 calendars). 

The other cool thing? Groups of people in Spain will often purchase the same number to increase their chance of winning. In 2011, the residents of the village of Sodeto all bet on number 58268, winning over $100 million to be shared among those with tickets. 

Some on Twitter pointed out how El Gordo dwarfs America's lotteries. 

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