Spanish La Primitiva

La Primitiva lottery is the oldest name in Spanish lottery, its story beginning in the year 1762 as the Royal Lottery, even then being referred to as La Primitiva. The modern form of La Primitiva begins in 1985 with the re-introduction of the lottery after a century’s absence. The updated matrix of La Primitiva is an array of six from 49, from the numbers 1 to 49. La Primitiva lottery players choose six numbers between 1 and 49 with the objective of matching the winning combination from the La Primitiva results draw, which take place twice a week with the lottery balls drawn at random from the lottery ball machine – known as a ‘bombo’ in Spain.

Two Weekly Draws of La Primitiva

Draws of La Primitiva are held twice a week, every Thursday and Saturday, at the official lottery draw studios of the headquarters of the State Lotteries, (Loterías y Apuestas del Estado), Calle Capitán Haya 53, 28020 Madrid, Spain.

Players can choose to play in a single drawing (daily draw), or both draws for the week (weekly). Lottery players who buy their La Primitiva tickets between Sunday and Thursday will be participating in the Thursday draw, while those who play from Friday to Saturday will be entered into the Saturday draw. For those who prefer to play in both of the week’s draws, there is an available option to choose this at the time of ticket purchase, but it is important to understand that this method will use the same selection of numbers for both draws.

Two Methods of Gameplay: Single and Multiple:

Single Plays: Each Primitiva lottery ticket allow playing from one to eight lines of numbers per single ticket. Mark the lottery slip with the numbers required (the 6 main numbers) in each block - one block for each play.

Multiple Plays: You can make multiple plays by checking the box in the first block of the Primitiva lottery slip. It is important to understand that the cost of the ticket increases with the quantity of plays.

La Primitiva Prize Breakdown

Prize Level Matches Odds*
Especial 6 main numbers and the Reintegro 6+R 1 in 139.838.160
1st 6 main numbers 1 in 13,983,816
2nd 5 main numbers plus the supplementary number 1 in 2,330,000
3rd 5 main numbers 1 in 54,201
4th 4 main numbers 1 in 1,032
5th 3 main numbers 1 in 57
Reintegro Match ticket’s Reintegro number 1 in 10

* Odds are approximate.


In September of 2012, La Primitiva inaugurated a new optional game called JOKER. Joker is a seven number game, with the numbers randomly generated and printed on the ticket. You can only play Joker if you are also playing La Primitiva, as with other similar supplementary games. When completing the Primitiva slip, the player simply needs to tick the "Jugar a Joker" box, and pay the associated fee. Joker draws are held each Thursday and Saturday, immediately following each Primitiva draw.

Joker has six prize levels, each with a fixed prize value::

  • First Prize (7 numbers): 1,000,000 euros
  • Second Prize (6 last numbers): 100,000 euros
  • Third Prize (5 last numbers): 10,.000 euros
  • Forth Prize (4 last numbers): 1,000 euros
  • Fifth Prize (3 last numbers): 100 euros
  • Sixth Prize (2 last numbers): 10 euros

Primitiva Prize Collection

Players who win prizes worth below 600 euro can collect winnings at any lottery point of sale. If the prize level is above 600 euro, winners can only collect at sales offices of the State Lotteries (Loterias y Apuestas del Estado), which have branches in every province of Spain. For winning players who play both weekly draws (Thursday and Saturday), winnings are available to collect the day following the final draw of the week. Online players enjoy the convinience of having any winnings deposited directly into their account. you expect to finish the drawings of the week and the day after the last draw your prize

El Gordo de la Primitiva

Another lottery game which is part of the Primitiva family is the El Gordo de la Primitiva (note: this is different from El Gordo de Navidad, the big Christmas draw). El Gordo de la Primitiva requires players to select 5 main numbers from 1 to 54 and 1 bonus number (known as the 'Clave', or 'Key' Number) from 0 to 9. The top prize is won by players who correctly match all six numbers - see El Gordo de la Primitiva results. El Gordo de La Primitiva can be played every day except Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The El Gordo de la Primitiva draws take place every Sunday at 1:00 p.m.