Ten New Year’s Eve curiosities you may not know

GironaThis Friday at two quarters of an hour the New Year’s Eve raffle will be held, in a gala that will be broadcast on TV3 and presented by Laia Ferrer and Marc Giró. Eight prizes of between € 200,000 and € 5,000 per ticket will be distributed for 50 minutes. Twenty-four hours before we know the winners, we go over ten curiosities that you may not have known about the lottery organized by the Generalitat.

1. How many years has the draw been held?

December 31, 2013 was the first time that the Generalitat organized the New Year’s Eve raffle, which was added to the other game formats promoted by the Lotteries of Catalonia. According to the presentation, its aim was to “financially strengthen prevention programs and services for children and adolescents at risk in Catalonia”.

2. How many numbers are sold?

In 2021, 100,000 issues have been issued at 10 euros per ticket. In total, La Grossa has taken to the streets with a circulation of 50 million euros: 45 on paper and 5 on virtual media (via terminal and for online shopping).

3. How much money can you earn?

It depends on the prize. With La Grossa, € 200,000 per ticket is distributed, with the second prize € 65,000 and with the third € 30,000. With the two quarters you can win € 10,000, and with the fifth you can win € 5,000.

4. Has the same amount of money always been distributed?

Yes, La Grossa has always been rewarded with € 20,000 per euro played, but the price of the ticket has changed. In the early years it was worth € 5, but it increased to the current € 10. For this reason, in the first draws, € 100,000 was distributed for each ticket with the number of La Grossa and, in recent years, € 200,000.

5. Have you ever missed a prize?

Yes, in 2014. The number of La Grossa, 92484 -awarded with € 32,500 per ticket- was not sold anywhere and the money was used for social funds.

6. Who organizes the Grossa?

Lotteries of Catalonia, which depends on the Department of Economy. It was born in 1986 with the creation of the Autonomous Gaming and Betting Entity of the Generalitat, but in 2020 it began a process of transformation to become a joint-stock company of a single-person nature. With this change, the company – if it wanted to – could incorporate other partners and external capital and, in addition, has a little more flexibility in terms of administrative control than as an autonomous entity. Both modalities are subject to contract law, but in companies the control mechanisms are carried out a posteriori.

7. How many games do you organize?

In total, it sells five conventional lottery games (El Rasca Ràpid, La 6/49, El Trio, l’Express and La Grossa) and one for bingo halls (El SuperToc). During 2020, as a result of the pandemic, all modes of play suffered a drop in the amounts played, which, on average, stands at 40%.

8. How many benefits has Loteries de Catalunya obtained?

The reports can be consulted on the website since 2011, which collect the profits obtained each year with the set of games and sweepstakes. In 2020 it was 8.9 million, ten more than in 2019. Between 2011 and 2020, the year with the most profits was 2014, with 12 million and, at least, 2018, with 5.2 million.

9. Who keeps the profits?

Since its creation, Loteries de Catalunya has allocated “100% of the profits” to the budget of the Department of Social Rights. According to its website, this money has been used for various actions, such as protection plans in the childhood, the elderly and people with disabilities, or to reverse situations of vulnerability and homelessness.

10. In which projects has the money raised been invested?

Memories posted on the web do not specify. ARA has specifically asked in which projects the 8.9 million profits of 2020 were invested, when it was announced that they would be allocated “to people affected by covid-19”. But the press department’s response has been generic: “The money has been allocated to two main lines: food aid for families with children and adolescents in a vulnerable situation, and the strengthening of nursing homes and people disabled to alleviate the effects of covid “.

Source: Ara.cat – Portada by www.ara.cat.

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