Spaniards queue for hours for state lottery tickets

Christmas will look very different in Spain this year as the country battles a second wave of COVID-19 – but one long standing tradition has held firm.

Millions of Spaniards buy tickets for the Spanish state lottery every Christmas in the hope of winning a fortune and changing theirs. In Madrid, people stood in line for hours and braved wintry conditions last weekend to buy a ticket from the legendary Doña Manolita lottery shop.

Alvés Jesús, an air conditioning installer in the Spanish capital, set an early alarm to ensure he was one of the first to arrive.

He said: “I was here from around 6 a.m. I arrived first otherwise the queue is more or less four kilometers.”

But some of those who joined the lines expressed concerns about a lack of social distancing as cases continue to rise across Spain.

The winning lottery tickets will be revealed during the December 22 draw, providing people with a glimmer of hope at the end of a tough year for the country.

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