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Spain's 'El Gordo' lottery awards over 1.6 bln pounds

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4tG X~#v/h"^$M0Spain's "El Gordo," the world's biggest lottery, gave out 2.2 billion euros (1.6 billion pounds) in Christmas prizes on Saturday.商务英语词汇3W mG&q/I'K

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El Gordo, Spanish for "The Fat One", is designed so that as many people as possible across Spain get a festive windfall.商务英语词汇#B~%VH| H6@S:L

S[ r(rf'a)@)y0The top prize this year was 3 million euros -- going to the series of tickets with the magic number 06381.

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j9Jn`0I"b'C0Because the tickets are sold in a series of 10, only those who paid 200 euros for the whole strip get the full prize.商务英语词汇r7CKe9yD

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The biggest share of winning tickets was bought by people in the town of Nava, in the north-western Asturias region.商务英语词汇m&{5x&EQ;b2A-l

-F J)Ksm0The draw lasts three-and-a-half hours and is carried live on national television with children from the San Ildefonso school, a former orphanage in Madrid, in turn chanting the winning numbers and the amount won.商务英语词汇8f2|_@1tfs

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The country spent 2.87 billion euros on the lottery -- 5.7 percent more than last year. Seventy percent is paid out in prizes. Most of the rest goes in costs.

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)Rk0|J P&m0Eight out of ten Spaniards bought tickets for the lottery, spending on average 64 euros.

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Dp)^:G7hJ0Spaniards often choose lottery numbers matching significant dates although there was no particular favourite in 2007.

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7Q Tk^$w k0In 2006, one of the most sought-after series was 22105, the date on which Fernando Alonso became Formula 1 world champion for the second year running.商务英语词汇6R#p;Br/l

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windfall:an amount of money that you get unexpectedly(意外的收获)
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:o!{ PEZ0for the second year running:连续第二年(running:consecutively 连续;接连)

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