Christmas cheer

Updated: Dec 21, 2012 21:12 IST

Spaniards queue in long lines to buy tickets for the cash-strapped country's famed Christmas lottery, in Madrid. Many players say they're hoping to win so they can pay off debt or help relatives facing heavy economic burdens. Known as El Gordo (The Fat One) and billed as the world's richest lottery, the drawing will hand out about 2.5 billion euro ($3.3 billion) on Saturday. AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza
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Spaniards queue in long lines to buy tickets for the cash-strapped country's famed Christmas lottery, in Madrid. Many players say they're hoping to win so they can pay off debt or help relatives facing heavy economic burdens. Known as El Gordo (The Fat One) and billed as the world's richest lottery, the drawing will hand out about 2.5 billion euro ($3.3 billion) on Saturday. AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

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