La Primitiva is the oldest and most popular of all Spain’s lottery draws, dating back as far as the eighteenth century. Originally the draw used five balls from a pool of 90 but in 1985 the draw adopted a new 6/49 format similar to the one used today.
The draw takes place every Thursday and Saturday night and the results are available a short while afterwards. La Primitiva has some interesting rules and prize payouts, which are pretty unique in lottery terms. The draw employs a 6/49 lottery matrix, along with a ‘Número Complementario’ (bonus ball) that is used to win the third prize.
To play La Primitiva you must choose six numbers from a pool of 1 to 49 but there is also a seventh number, the Reintegro. Players can choose it or it can be randomly selected for you when you buy your ticket. The Reintegro ball was added to the draw in 1991 and it is used to win an additional jackpot. If you match all six main lottery balls and the Reintegro ball you will win the advertised Especial jackpot, which climbs each draw until it is won and is capable of climbing to €100,000,000 or more!
In September 2012, the Joker was introduced as an optional side game costing an extra euro. In the game, players are assigned a random seven-digit number and are awarded prizes of up to €1,000,000 depending on how many numbers they match. To add Joker to your ticket you need to pay an additional €1. Remember that Joker cannot be played separately.
The Joker is a seven-digit number from 0-9 (numbers can appear more than once). After the changes from October 25th the Joker prizes have changed a bit.
The top prize is €1,000,000 and you must match all seven drawn numbers in the same order. The rest of the prize categories offer you double chances to win, by matching the numbers in the same order either counting from the left (first numbers) or from the right (last numbers). For example, to win €1,000 you need to match either the first five numbers or last five numbers in the same order. Prizes are fixed, but of course, the more you match the more you win.