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TV reporter covering Spanish lottery quits on air when she finds out she’s a winner – but she DIDN’T hit the jackpot


Spain announced the numbers of its annual Christmas lottery on Sunday and a reporter covering the event found out she was one of the winners.

Reporter Natalia Escudero was live on air for a morning show when she found out she was among the winners.

“I’m not coming into work tomorrow!” Escudero shouted to her co-hosts.

The exact number Escudero won is not known, but she did clarify later that it was not “El Gordo” (The Fat One), the jackpot amount several winners are set to take home.

The big winners, people with number 26590, will receive 400,000 euros ($436,000). But there are many, many winners of smaller amounts.

Each ticket cost 20 euros.

Spain’s national lottery started as a charity in 1763 during the reign of King Carlos III. Now the lottery is used to partially fund the government as well as some charities. Buying tickets is considered a holiday tradition and the numbers are read off by children during a gala TV broadcast at Madrid’s Teatro Real opera house.

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